At 37, the star of five block-busting Resident Evil movies is now bursting onto the pop scene. Already she has a top-selling single, Electric Sky, and is working on an album to be released in the summer "I am a strong Ukrainian girl," Milla says. "That is why I work so hard. And singing has always been my first love."
Hardly had she finished The Winter Queen, an action crime movie set in 19th-century Russia, that Milla was back in an LA recording studio working with top musicians Danny Lohner, Chris Brenner and Maynard James Keenan. And soon she will be back in the studio to start work on the sixth Resident Evil movie, directed by husband number three Paul Anderson "I've never been busier, but Paul and our four-year-old daughter Ever always come first," Milla says."Paul is the most special person I've ever met and being with him is everything I hoped marriage would be. It's certainly a question of third time lucky!"
In fact Milla is the first to admit that her first two marriages were hardly a success — the first, when she was 17 , was an elopement with Shawn Andrews, her co-star in Dazed and Confused, which lasted only six weeks. Her next, to 43-year-old film producer Luc Besson, lasted 17 months. "We are still friends, but it just didn't work out," she says. "I tend to fall in love with people who inspire me in my work. I need that creative energy around me to save me from depression. I can't cope with ordinary things."
But no one could describe Mill's life as in any way ordinary. Born in the Ukraine, the only child of a doctor and a famous actress, the family moved to California when Milla was five. "We would stand in long lines for food," she remembers. "I wondered if America was really any better than Russia. Then things started to improve." Her mother was determined that Milla would follow her into show-business — she arranged acting, dancing , violin and piano classes. At 11, Milla was acting in TV series and commercials and at 14 she was a top international model, still finding time to sign with a major record company and launch a singing career. "Music was really what I wanted to do, but the movie roles kept coming in and it would have been crazy to refuse them," Milla remembers.