Milla Jovovich: Resident Evil’s Alice, forever and always
Text: Denise Ngo
Photos: Sony Pictures Publicity
Video: Fiona Lin
There aren't many actors who can play the same movie character for more than ten years. Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, as well as Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible come to mind, but they've got the advantage of being men in a Hollywood. Out of the handful of female action stars that have emerged in the last decade, Milla Jovovich stands out as one of the few (if not the only) actress who has delivered a consistent performance, earned a steady pay check, and killed increasingly gruesome monsters within the same franchise.
In Resident Evil: Retribution, Milla reprises her role as Alice for the fifth time, which she acknowledges is a privilege considering Hollywood's unforgiving attitude toward women over a certain age.
"I'm thirty-six years old so I'm really, really happy with the direction my career has gone, period. And that it's still a career," Milla said during the Resident Evil: Retribution press junket in Cancun earlier this year. "To be thirty-six and have fifteen-year-old boys going, 'What's up, Alice?' is pretty amazing, to still have a young fan base like that."
"We'll always make them - four thousand years from now," she continued, when asked if she'd ever stop making Resident Evil movies. "Dead people never get old."
As a young woman, Milla took up acting because her mother (who is also an actress) pushed her to do it. It was only after experimenting with other careers, such as music and modelling, that Milla realized that she had grown to love being an actress. During a sit-down interview with xinmsn, Milla expounded on how she remains passionate in the role of Alice, especially when she has so many other interests.
"Keeping myself fresh is the most important thing," she said. "But I also make music, I also draw, I also design. There are so many things that keep me interested in me. As long as I'm interested in me, and I'm keeping myself on my toes, other people are going to feel the same way."
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