Milla Natasha Jovovich was born on 17 December 1975, in Kiev, Ukraine (then in the USSR), and is a model, actress and singer, perhaps best known for her breakthrough role in the film “The Fifth Element” in 1997, with Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman.
So just how rich is Milla Jovovich, as of late 2017? Authoritative sources estimate that Milla has a net worth of over $45 million, accumulated from her various career elements spanning almost 30 years since she began modelling in 1987.
Milla Jovovich Net Worth $45 Million
Milla had a really unusual childhood, maybe that’s one of the reasons for her multi-million dollar net worth. Jovovich started her carrier in modeling from the early age of nine, a few years after she and her parents moved from Ukraine, which at that time belonged to the Soviet Union, to Los Angeles, California, in 1980. She even dropped out of school at the age of 12, when Gene Lemuel discovered her, and she signed a contract with Prima Modeling Agency. Milla Jovovich was covered by magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Madmoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and has been advertising brands including L’oreal, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Donna Koran, Revlon for many years.
However, exclusive looks and beauty was not the only value she had: Milla Jovovich has a great voice, a talent to write songs, design fashion and find herself in acting as well. Milla started her acting career in 1988 in the film “Two Moon Junction”, but the roles that gave this girl much more attention were in “Dazed and Confused” in 1993 and “The Fifth Element” in 1997 directed by Luc Besson, in which she worked with Bruce Willis. Of course, subsequently all five films based on “Resident Evil” made Milla Jovovich’s popularity and net worth go through the roof. The original movie was so successful that it was even turned into a video game.
Between her acting in those two movies, Milla tried the shoes of a singer and a song writer, and released her debut album – “The Divine Comedy – which was really appreciated by the audience and critics and even received positive feedback from Rolling Stone magazine’s, John McAlley; in his opinion the album was remarkable. In 1999 Milla Jovovich became a member of the band named Plastic Has Memory, and performed some gigs in New York and Las Vegas, but unfortunately not with her new band, and Milla has never released a second album.
As for her career in fashion, Milla launched her first line in 2003, and her brand was successful until 2008 when she decided to close her business because of lack of time, which is perhaps no surprise, assuming that all of her free time was taken-up by her daughter Ever Gabo Anderson, who was born in 2007.
As for other details of Milla’s personal life, aside from several well-known relationships, she has married three times, all husbands met when taking some part in films in which she was acting. She first married Shawn Andrews in 1992, which was apparently quickly annulled by her mother; ironically, he and Milla were starring in “Dazed and Confused”! The second was with the director of “The Fifth Element” – Luc Besson (1997-99), and she has been married to Paul W. S. Anderson, who worked with Jovovich on the set of “Resident Evil”, since 2009, and he is the father of her two daughters. The family is based in Los Angeles.
Milla is something of a philanthropist too, and often participates in and supports various charities including UNICEF, World Education, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and many more.
With the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Jovovich passes Kate Beckinsale (Underworld Series) as the female actor to star in the same role, as a lead, in the most major films (6). Beckinsale, as of this note, was negotiating a sixth Underworld, but you know how things in Hollywood can go. BTW Lois Maxwell holds the overall actress reprisal title playing Ms. Moneypenny in 14 James Bond films.
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Ever in order to begin filming A Perfect Getaway (2009).
Gave birth to her second child at age 39, a daughter named Dashiel Edan Jovovich-Anderson on April 1, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. She was 7 lbs., 10 oz. and 20 inches long at birth. Child's father is her third husband, Paul W.S. Anderson.
Gave birth to her first child at age 31, a daughter named Ever Gabo Anderson on November 3, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Child's father is her fiancé (now third husband), Paul W.S. Anderson.
(August 22, 2009) Married for the third time her boyfriend of 7 years and father of her 21-month-old daughter Ever, Paul W.S. Anderson, following a 6-year-long engagement.
For Zoolander (2001), she based her performance of Katinka on her mother Galina Jovovich.
For The Fifth Element (1997), the production decided to dye Jovovich's hair from its natural brown color to her character's signature orange color. However, due to the fact that her hair had to be redyed regularly to maintain the bright color, Milla's hair quickly became too damaged and broken to withstand the dye. Most of Milla's hair fell out and eventually a wig was created to match the color and style of Leeloo's hair, and was used for the remainder of the production.
She's claustrophobic. She said the scariest thing she had done was the scene in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) where her character had to be in a small tank.
Named #43 Sexiest Woman by the Spanish version of DT magazine (2011).
Named one of the "Twenty Most Beautiful People of the Decade" by Interview magazine (2009).
Her ethnicity is half Serbian (paternal) and half Russian (maternal).
Sold her four-bedroom, 3582-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, California for $2.750 million. She originally purchased the house in late 2001 for $1.8 million (2009).
She owns a 5559-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills that she purchased in 1998 for $775,000. A 4026-square-foot house in Beverly Hills that she paid $2,223,000 for in 2004. And a 3010-square-foot house in the Doral Isles Saint-Croix development in Doral, Florida (just outside Miami) that she purchased in 2005 for $910,000 (2009).
Divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles, California.
She enjoys martial arts and she practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As a teenage girl, she lived with her single mother, because her father spent seven years in prison, and her parents divorced.
She is fluent in English, French, Serbian and Ukrainian.
Has one sibling, a half-brother named Marco (born 1988).
At the age of just 11, she was used in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, which were shot by Richard Avedon.
Named #82 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Voted #65 on VH1's 100 Most Hottest Celebrity Bodies.
Ranked #98 in the 2005 FHM list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Has performed almost most of her own stunts in Resident Evil (2002).
While filming the movie Dazed and Confused (1993), she eloped with actor Shawn Andrews to Las Vegas, Nevada. It was 1992 and several months before she turned 17. Since she was only 16 at the time, her mother had the marriage annulled.
Voted the Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire magazine. [September 2002]
Once fronted a band called Plastic Has Memory.
Has been on the cover of more than one hundred magazines worldwide.
Frequently attends big show business events such as celebrity parties, premieres, openings, fashion shows and awards shows. Is a fixture in magazine paparazzi sections because of this.
Father is a Serbian pediatrician, from Belgrade Serbia, who moved to Russia and married her mother there.
[On why she hated Ultraviolet] Listen. All I can tell you is I was completely locked out from the editing room, which was unfortunate, because I was promised that I wouldn't be. On both Resident Evils I had a lot of input into the movie, before it was finished...more on the first than on the second. But with Ultraviolet I was very depressed, because Kurt Wimmer was a real cad, in the sense that he kind of reneged on his promises and didn't allow me to see my performances.
At the age of 16, I was already dreaming of having a baby because I felt myself to be an adult, but my mum forbid it. Right now, I feel like a teenager and I want to have fun for one or two more years before starting a family.
I am a strong Ukrainian girl, that is why I work a lot.
I'm not really easy to live with! There needs to be unlimited patience and unconditional love. Men I've known before loved my independent spirit and were proud of my success, to the point that they'd become jealous of the time I devote to my career.
It's going to seem idiotic to say this, but I think that at a given moment we all need a place to ourselves where we can refuge ourselves and cut ourselves off from the world.
To be an actor, you have to know yourself really well. That's been a major thing for me, to really understand why I do things.
[on Resident Evil (2002)] We've got really infantile mentalities on this movie. We're like: "It's gross - cool! It's disgusting - print it!". You have to think like a fifteen-year-old. Wet dress. Zombies. Guns. Cool!
About Madonna: Oh, my God! I used to ride my bicycle around for hours in the garage of our apartment building singing "Material Girl". (In Style magazine, September 2006).
I'm a dabbler.
[on Resident Evil (2002)] If this movie was made in America they would have had a guy and we would have been his harem or entourage. Big studios don't trust that women will bring in that kind of audience, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was really an exception to the rule. Most of the time, if you make a big action film there has to be a big action guy in it. It's very European to trust a woman to play that kind of a role.
[on The Fifth Element (1997)] I worked like hell. No band practice, no clubs, no pot, nothing.
I think that's one of the only reasons God created celebrities. To help those who can't help themselves.