Live with Regis & Kathie Lee November 11, 1999
Kathy Lee: That was that Blue Lagoon one.
Regis: Three years ago she was here for her role in The Fifth Element. Now starring as Joan of Arc, and here she is letís take a look at what she looks like right now. Hereís Milla Jovovich.
Regis: (chanting) Milla! Milla! Milla! Anyway you were born in Russia but lived in Los Angeles most of your life.
Milla: I grew up in Los Angeles.
Kathy Lee: (hands Milla tissue) You made her cry Rege.
Milla: (fake sulking) I know. Iím so emotional. I havenít been here in a while.
Regis: What happened?
Milla: (fake sulking) Iím so happy you had me back.
Kathy Lee: She missed us, yeah.
Milla: No itís too much makeup in the morning. (laughing) I canít deal with it. Yeah, my mom was a Russian actress and we sort of defected here.
Regis: Was it movies or was she on stage?
Kathy Lee: And is she involved in your career now?
Milla: Not so much. I mean sheís just a really great inspiration to me and a really close friend, but--
Regis: Well I bet she loves what youíre doing.
Milla: --but, yeah. Definitely. But itís kind of hard to have your mom there all the time with you. She gets crazy and sheís crazy about me so she just goes berserk.
Kathy Lee: Sheís a picker?
Milla: Oh yeah. Sheíll be watching this tonight. I hope everythingís O.K. (laughs, adjusts her blouse) Tonight, (corrects herself) this morning.
Regis: But now youíre into music huh?
Milla : Yeah.
Milla: Yeah. Iíve been working on music, you know, for as long as I can remember but I have a band now. Weíre called Plastic Has Memory. (waves to the camera) Hi guys.
Regis: Plastic Has Memory.
Milla: Yeah. And we have a show on the 18th.
Milla: At Mercury Lounge, so we could--
Regis: In New York or L.A. or--
Milla: New York.
Regis: New York, yeah.
(audience cheers and claps)
Kathy Lee: And she appears to be very unusual.
Milla: No I was gonna play, I was gonna play today but then they got really complicated. They wanted me to rehearse and dah dah dah duh duh so we decided not to.
Regis: Do you play an instrument?
Milla: Ah ha. I play guitar.
Regis: Oh you play guitar.
Milla: Yeah, yeah.
Milla: Mmmmm...definitely alternative. It can be a bit unpleasant (laughing) sometimes honestly. But no. Itís really cool. It's very strange, very atmospheric, lots of guitars. My guitar player Solin is really incredible. I have this great drummer named Jordan and this great amazing bass player and my piano player Chris so, you know, weíve got just some really talented guys.
Regis: Well Mick Jagger came by and caught one of your performances.
Milla: (points at Regis) You read that? Isnít that amazing? People...
Regis: Very impressed.
Kathy Lee: Did that affect your performance, knowing Mickís out there?
Milla: Well, I didnít know until after the show.
Kathy Lee: Oh thatís good.
Milla: And I was--well, my keyboard player was, "You were like a publicist and a fan all at the same time!", Ďcause MTV was there and I was like, "OH MY GOD! ITíS MICK JAGGER! Are you getting that??"
(they all laugh)
Milla: Itís unbelievably like, two sides of my head. Thatís the Russian side of me coming out.
Kathy Lee: Now is that because heís a friend or because heíd heard about your music?
Milla: Well, you know, heís a friend... (smiles) No. Iím kidding. (Milla laughs, audience laughs) Heís not a friend. God. No he is a friend though, but--
Milla: --but not really. Heís an acquaintance.
Regis: And what did he say after? Did you...? You met with him after the performance. And did he say he liked what he heard?
Milla: He was really...yeah...he was really into it. He invited us to come out with him afterwards. We didnít actually go but, but...
Kathy Lee: You turned The Mick down.
Milla: Noooooooooo. It was just, things got complicated. We had to get our equipment. I was loading equipment and stuff so...
Kathy Lee: (looks at audience) The big movie star loading her equipment.
(whole audience starts clapping)
Regis: (addressing audience) And when we get back weíll talk about one of her movies, Joan of Arc, in just a moment.
(brief clip from Joan of Arc)
Kathy Lee: Thatís just fabulous.
Regis: Milla Jovovich.
Milla: Thatís so cool. You guys show different clips.
Regis: Playing Joan of Arc, yeah.
Milla: .ícause Iíve been doing, you know, (casually refers to studio screen) Iíve been seeing just the same one so itís nice to show people something else.
Milla: I know. I havenít even seen that one yet.
(audience clapping, cheering)
Regis: Yeah have you seen this yet?
(audience clapping, cheering)
Milla: (leaning over to view cover)
Regis: Are you still modeling?
Milla Yeah, definitely. Iím a spokesperson for LíOreal.
Regis: So youíve got everything going; music, acting, modeling.
Milla: Well itís really great because LíOreal really gives me the opportunity to just do that and so I donít need to do other modeling jobs and...
Milla: Well, yeah. It pays me really well so I get that financial stability out of the way and then I have time to really...
Regis: Mmm humm. To do what you want to do.
Kathy Lee: To do what you...
Milla: ...to concentrate on things, not for the sake of money. Like I donít make that many movies a year. Iíll be lucky if I make one. And so for me itís just really important to be able to, at least now, do the things that I really have a lot of heart for. Like Leia Thompson was saying earlier, you know, itís really important to...
Kathy Lee: Feed your creative soul.
Milla: Yeah. And, and just be honest about something thatís gonna be out there with you expressing yourself on. I mean, I donít care about my face itís just as long as Iím putting a lot of work, like..uh, The Messenger took nine months to film so...
Regis: Nine months.
Kathy Lee: And all over the world too, I mean, where were you?
Milla: In the Czech Republic, in France, all over France. Then with music...I donít make that many movies and that gives me a lot of time to work on my music and work with my band..
Kathy Lee: Thatís terrific.
Regis: (looks at audience) Millaís happy!
Regis: Milla's a happy duck. The costars in this--
Milla: A duck?
Regis: (pats Milla on hand) No Iím just kidding Milla. Uhhh, John Malkovich, uhh, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman.
Kathy Lee: Dustin Hoffman.
Regis: This is pretty good company.
Kathy Lee: Heavy-duty cast.
Milla: It was amazing. My god...I look at that movie and I see my double with Dustin; me and Dustin are on the same screen together at one point and just get so...excited! I just canít even believe it, and he gave me a really amazing acting coach to the name of a good woman, so itís great. Iíve been keeping up my training with somebody Dustin Hoffman recommended to me, so Iím really happy.
Regis: Yes. Thatís good. Well letís take a look at a clip now. Hereís Joan of Arc encouraging the troops to fight.
(brief clip from The Messenger)
Regis: Wow. Was she 15 years old?
Milla: When she first went to war she was 18. She was 18 when she got captured and by the time she died she was 19, or thereabouts.
Regis: What a what a life she had. Anyway the movie opens tomorrow. Milla Jovovich, Dustin, John and Faye. Thanks very much Milla.
Milla: Thank you guys.
Regis: Good to have you here.