->''"I am a strong Ukrainian girl, that is why I work a lot."''
-->--'''Milla Jovovich'''

American actress of [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]]-[[UsefulNotes/{{Serbia}} Serbian]]-[[UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}} Ukrainian]] descent[[note]]Born in Kiev as Milica Jovović to a Serbian father and Russian-Ukrainian mother[[/note]]. Best known for firing uzis and looking good while doing it.

In the midst of her modeling career, Milla Jovovich (pronounced [[NoPronunciationGuide me-la-yo-vo-witch]]) made waves in Hollywood with her roles as Michelle in ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' and [[MemeticMutation Leeloodallasmultipass]] in ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Today she is best known for playing Alice in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies, to the extent that she's the most recognizable character from the franchise (despite not appearing in any of the games).

Like Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, she tends to collaborate a ''lot'' with her film director husband, Creator/PaulWSAnderson (though HBC has Milla beat by about two movies).

She maintains her modeling and fashion designing career, and even had her own clothing line, Jovovich-Hawk, but it went under in 2008. She's also a singer, and although her last official album was released 17 years ago, she continues to release demos, sing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAl_SE-SOts folk songs]], and contribute to movie soundtracks. However, an as-yet untitled EP is forthcoming according to [[WordOfGod Milla herself]].
!!Notable roles:
* Lilli Hargrave in ''[[TheBlueLagoon Return to the Blue Lagoon]]'' (1991)
* Michelle Burroughs in ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' (1993)
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' (1997)
* JoanOfArc in ''Film/TheMessengerTheStoryOfJoanOfArc'' (1999)
* Alice in the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series (2002-12)
* Violet Song jat Shariff in ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' (2006)
* Milady de Winter in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011''
!!This actress provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: She's been getting a lot of these roles since ''Film/ResidentEvil''.
* DyeingForYourArt: She dyed her hair blonde in the first 3 Resident Evil movies. For ''Film/TheFifthElement'', Milla's hair was to be dyed from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be re-dyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.
* FullFrontalAssault: She gets naked a LOT in her movies. Sometimes full frontal.
* LargeHam: She's so hyper, it's incredible. It's especially noticeable when listening to her DVD commentaries.
* MsFanservice: She's often the only reason people go to see her less-than-stellar movies, she knows it, and is a good sport about it. Once when asked why people should see ''Film/ResidentEvil'', she replied, [[FanService "I'm wearing a skimpy dress and holding a machine gun."]] On the film's DVD commentary she's amazed her husband was able to talk about something completely unrelated while her nipple was visible.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She was born in 1975 and can play characters in their 20s.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[spoiler:A VillainProtagonist]] in ''Film/APerfectGetaway''. Also, a punk rocker in ''Dummy'' and a cartoony Russian villainess in ''Zoolander''.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Married director Creator/PaulWSAnderson after meeting him on the set of ''Resident Evil'' (having previously been in a relationship with Luc Besson, who worked with her on ''Joan of Arc'' and ''The Fifth Element'').
** Prior to her relationship with Luc Besson, she married her ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' co-star Shawn Andrews at the age of 16, although her mother had the marriage annulled.
* TypeCasting: Following the ''Resident Evil'' movies, she's been getting a lot of ActionGirl roles, although she has played plenty of other types of characters. If she's not the action heroine, she's usually the seductress who gets naked a lot and does sex scenes. It's hard to find her in a movie where she does not take her clothes off (''Film/TheFourthKind'' is a rare movie where she isn't in ActionGirl or MsFanservice mode).