10.27.10 - Milla on Good Morning LA and Chelsea Lately yesterday:
Milla received the Hollywood Spotlight Award for her work in Stone at last night's 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA:
- Now I'm flying home 2 LA 4 one day 2 do "Chelsea Lately" w my girl @chelseahandler n go 2 the hollywood film festival 2 receive an award 4 my performence in my new movie (out now!) "Stone"!
- I can't wait 2 get home and c my mom and my dogs! But I hve 2 start at 530 am tomorrow n do "good morning LA" then phone interviews, meet a director in the afternoon, then go 2 "chelsea" and after that get ready 4 the award ceremony! Then get on a plane the nxt morning (w mom in tow this time!) And fly back 2 germany 2 finish shooting "3 musketeers"! Whirlwind but amazing! I am so blessed! What a crazy year!
- Milady's hat and cane in the carriage. I am abt 2 be hoisted 50 ft in the air in my carriage, will post pic!
- Woohoo!!! Another day at work! Lololol! How is that 4 cool! I'm FLYING!!!
- 2 give sum perspective, here is what the view is on the ground. On the left is my amazing make up artist christina smith and on the right is genius photographer(and my daughters godmother) donata wenders!
Interview from Philly.com:
On choosing her film roles: "I'm just as gung-ho to work with a first-time director as I am to work with people who've made lots of movies. The first thing for me is the character. Is it something that attracts me, repels me, makes me feel nervous, is it just fun, or something that I've never done before? Character is always very exciting because that's where I'm going to come in and create something and live through something in this process and learn something for myself. Second to that is the overall script and where does my character fit in. Everything else comes after. If the character's amazing and the script is compelling, I would do it with anybody as long as I'm convinced that they know what they're doing."
[ Philly.com ]
- A pic of our lovely hair n makeup trailer! Its a bit quiet this time of morning!
- Walking by a costume store in berlin n I almost pulled my guns out cause I thought they were undead! Lol! WTF?
- My beautiful breakfast! What the heck is it?! And my hairdresser, lou shepperd in the pic!
- Oh the glamour!I've been fished out of the sea 4 a scene 2day n had 2 take a break from sopping skirts!Ah tea!
- Lol! My poor soaked dress. It looks like its dying! Well gotta put it on again and finish this scene! Aargh!
- Lol! So this is what is being done 2 me now! Wig being put on, not so pretty, but hell this IS the process!
Milla addresses writing an autobiography (Brisbane Times):
[ Full article from Brisbane Times ]
10.08.10 - Stone opens in limited release today!
I definitely was really happy to get the script. Since having my baby, I've felt very much more open to just going out, performing, writing and being an artist in general, and feeling like this newfound confidence as a mom and a newfound confidence in myself. Part of that bled over into my film career in the sense that I really wanted to go out and audition for things, really keep on my toes. I was really just into the whole process of being a performer again, just going out and reading for a lot of different stuff. When this came up, of course I just jumped on it ... I compelled by these sort of flawed personalities and these grey areas and the fact the script didn't really put everything in a neat little package for people. It's very rare that you get scripts that don't sort of shove an opinion down your throat, and this is one of them. So I was very interested in the subject matter and very interested in the characters and of course, working with Edward and Bob was unbelievably attractive. What actor wouldn't want to work with such amazing artists?
You also recently talked about doing a fifth Resident Evil film. How long do you think you can keeping doing these movies? It has to be exhausting for you.
Well, it's a lot of fun. I've definitely said, "Let's go RE:5," but I didn't say, "We are doing another one," just that I would love to. Of course for me, I would love to do another movie Ali (Larter) and Sienna (Guillory) ... I love the franchise. I mean, we built the franchise from its baby stages into what it's turned into today. It's wonderful to see a four-film franchise with a woman in the lead having so much success and it's definitely our little baby in a sense. So I love it, and I have a lot of fun doing it. I love doing the stunts, I love doing the training for it; it's something that's always been attractive for me. I grew up watching the Thundercats and She-Ra and stuff, so I always had this feeling as a kid that I wanted to be this sort of magical, powerful woman who could fly and do crazy stunts and sort of be a superhero.
[ Complete article at Hollywood.com ]
My first take on her was that she's kind of like this light in the script - very joyous and fun and tactile and wild and free - in comparison to the other personalities surrounding her, who are all sort of caged in their worlds. I was very attracted to that freedom she has. If you feel like you're helping someone else, it helps you feel more in control of your world. She's one of those people who needs to save people, whether it be Stone, who depends on her and who's her lifeline, or Jack, who is also in a sense in his own prison. It gives her validation. She is a girl who with a bit of education and TLC could be an amazing personality. But because of the situation she finds herself in - where she lives and who she ends up being - she can't break out of that rut. What's interesting about the movie and characters is that they're one thing to the world and another thing in their heads.
Your part in this film is a girlfriend role without really being a girlfriend role.
[Laughs.] What attracted me to A Perfect Getaway was that I sorta played a girlfriend role for, you know, 85 percent of the film. That was really interesting to me, because I'd never really played a girlfriend before. But I've always been attracted to characters that were interesting to me, and different.
And you've finally done a comedy, Dirty Girl. When folks think of you doing comedy, they generally go back to Dazed And Confused..
Unfortunately, the small comedies I've done have hardly seen the light of day, which is kinda sad. Dirty Girl was a lot of fun, and I'm so glad it got picked up in Toronto. People really liked it!
To what extent do you leverage your success in action films to take on indie roles?
As much as I enjoy doing Resident Evil - and I'm so grateful that this movie, fourth in the franchise, has done better than any of the ones before - the fact that I can get movies made that I wanna make...it gives me the opportunity to do things like Dirty Girl. And I did a film [about a con-artist mom and son] called Bringing Up Bobby that Famke Janssen wrote and directed. No one's gonna hire me for their [big-budget] romantic comedy, so it's up to me to look out for great indie comedies and show people a different side of myself - even if it's for three people outside of my family. [Laughs.] Whatever. It builds a body of work. At the end of it all, it's my little movie library, and you see aspects of me through that.
[ Complete article at The Onion A.V. Club ]
Discussing her character Lucetta in Stone: "It was like, 'How do I bring something other than that [sexuality] to the character?'. There's always something about everybody -- something to love. It dawned on me she was a burst of light in those people's lives. She has this joyous energy because she's such an animal. She's like a wolf, a shark -- she's always flowing, always going with this rhythm about her, which is very exciting for these people who are kind of repressed. She's not the kind of girl I would bring into my own home. It was difficult, it was hard, to have to play something you don't really agree with, and I had my daughter on the set. As an actress, there was this weird paradox of having to respect this character and love her and then sort of hate myself at the end of the day. It got very confusing."
[ Complete article at PopEater.com ]
There is no light at the end of any tunnel in the script and that was one thing I loved about it, was the fact that it leaves so many questions for the audience. It's not wrapping it up in a nice little box and giving you all the answers and spoon-feeding you information. But she did bring something uplifting to the script with the personality and that kind of childlike joy and freedom that she possessed. Everyone is living in these cages -- she's the proverbial bird flying around which I really loved. In a sense she gets put into a cage in the end. It's interesting because this movie is so much about living in this hypocrisy of daily habits and pretending to be something on the outside that they're not feeling on the inside. People can spend a lifetime living a lie. At the end of the day it also really touched on the fact that no matter what, this house will burn down whether it's literally or figuratively. People have to change and people have to be honest and at some point it's going to blow up in your face and that's something that really compelled me about the movie.
SheKnows: You have such great chemistry obviously in very different ways with De Niro and Norton. What was it like working with each of them?
Milla Jovovich: Edward is such a generous person in general as a human being and as an artist he's very intelligent and works a lot on the script. Actually, he and Bob and John really spent almost two years re-writing the script and taking it to another level, because I think the script that they read was a film noire thriller type-thing and both Edward and John aren't really interested in making those kinds of black and white movies. They tried to take the material and bring something else to it that was much more real and much more interesting for actors. I was just very inspired to work with Edward because he brings so much to every project that he's a part of and he's such an amazing actor and such a well of experience and knowledge. He's consistently just such a nice person, very supportive. It was good because with Bob you saw him on another level in a sense. His career precedes him when he walks into a room, a lot of times you don't see Bob, you see every movie he's done.
SheKnows: And working with Robert De Niro had to be inspiring for you, but was it also nerve-wracking?
Milla Jovovich: Of course, it can throw you and any actor. What I loved is that Edward was so good because they worked together before and he said, "No matter what, you've got to keep your process intact because you're amazing and we hired you for a reason. So don't let Bob throw you off because he has his process and we respect that. And you have your process and I have my process and don't let anyone throw you from that." Because you're never really going to get what you expect from Bob because he is such a truth seeker in that sense he really doesn't lie.
[ Complete article at SheKnows.com ]
John Curran: I wouldn't have expected it. I love Milla's past work but I wouldn't have put her past performances with this character. She read for it and just hands down nailed it like no one else did because it's really a wide spectrum of stuff that you need from one actress for that role. She just got the whole nuance of humor, sexiness, danger, naivete and insecurity. All those things she just sort of embodied. Both Edward and Bob like me knew that she was the one. She was fantastic and its really kind of a watershed performance for Milla. It shows a side of her that a lot of people haven't seen before.
[ Complete article at MovieWeb.com ]
Stone interview from Reel Rave:
Featured in the Jovovich-Hawk Spring 2008 ready-to-wear collection and shown in the likes of Elle magazine, this dress is the essence of ethereal style. It is a cotton and silk blend with full silk lining and features a scoop neckline accented with a sweet flowing silk overlay. The dress ties behind the neck and is curve hugging over the hips, flowing out gracefully at the bottom for a super-feminine silhouette.
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10.05.10 - From Milla's Twitter (@MillaJovovich):
- Hey every1! On my way 2 the "stone" premiere! So exciting! Its on a limited release, only in LA n NY 4 the moment, but I hope u all luv it!
- Well, that as we say is that! All done w the premiere of my new film "stone" and on a flight back 2 munich right now. I'm so glad I went...
- We'll all say good luck 2 "stone". a very special movie that makes u think n discuss. Not 1 that spoon feeds ppl info, but breeds debate.
- only ny n la as a springboard we don't hve much chance of expanding 4 every1 2 c it, but good luck 2 @edwardnorton, bob de niro n i!
From the Stone premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City tonight:
Milla_Jovovich: working w edward was so incredible. he is one of the most generous, friendly, intelligent and well spoken people! he gave me a few great tips on working w bob de niro as well! lol!
whats it like working with robert de niro?
Milla_Jovovich: working with de niro was such an amazing experience because he is always searching for the truth in his character. no matter what the script says he should do, he needs to find the honesty of his actions. so being on the other side of that process made it kind of like a dance. i had to be aware of him and what he needed from me in the moment, or else the scene wouldn't move forward.
Milla, how do you select the roles you eventually take?
Milla_Jovovich: i select the roles i end up playing in lot's of different ways. sometimes its based on what character interests me, what haven't i done yet... i like that my films have a lot of diversity in the characters. especially now that RE has become such a franchise, its important to do show parts of my personality that i haven't shown yet.
what was your first thought when you got the call that you would be working
with DeNiro and Norton?
Milla_Jovovich: to say i was happy to work w norton and de niro is a bit of an understatement! i actually started to cry! lol!
Milla: [Laughs] That's a new one! Thank you. I've never heard anybody say that yet! For me, I wasn't looking at Lucetta as a femme fatale in any way, shape or form. For me, she's a bit of an ignorant girl who's got a lot of chutzpah, freedom and light around her. She's brought a feeling of joy to the movie that I think it really needed. These people are living lives that are steeped in hypocrisy and habit, so they're projecting one personality to a community and a world where there's something totally different beneath it. In a way, she's innocent through all of that. She's very much like an animal. She doesn't see the forest for the trees. She's like a bird or a lion, just walking through and she might destroy everything in her path [Laughs]. There's still this joyousness to her that involves living in the moment and having no regrets. I love that about Lucetta. At the same time, it's a script full of flawed personalities. I don't agree with the decisions she makes. However, I had to respect them and give her love. I had to believe in her no matter what her mistakes were. Through that, it ended up being what it is. More than anything, I think there's a truthfulness to her that's compelling. All of the actors did a beautiful job of bringing really layered performances that don't give you all the answers. She's got a mystery about her. When you say "Femme Fatale," that's what you're referring to. She's very sexual and mysterious in that sense, but on the other hand, she's like an open book. That paradox is what I love about her. You never really know what to expect from any of these people.
There's an interesting rhythm to Lucetta's movements. Was that deliberate? She slinks around in a controlling fashion.
Milla: It's funny that you mention that! I just wanted Lucetta to flow. Costume and movement are so important. She has to be like a fish in water - more appropriately a shark! I keep going back to these animal metaphors. I wanted to make sure the clothes were a big contrast to that slinky flow. When you look at Lucetta and the way she dresses, she's very much a normal Midwestern girl. She's sexy but nothing special. It's not like she's got some amazing sense of style or she's very unique in some way. She's very much a product of where she comes from, and that normal look could attract someone like Jack because, from the outside, she's just a nice girl. However, there's this underlying sexuality about her that's very dangerous. That's very attractive too. It's not like she dresses like a slut [Laughs]. There's a reason why Jack goes for her, and it's that "normal" factor. Even though she's kooky and there's a freedom about her, I don't think Jack is the kind of guy who would go for a stripper. There are certain components that had to come together when we were thinking about the character. It would've taken it over the edge if I wore little short-shorts and a crop top. I wanted there to be another kind of hypocrisy that contrasts her nature, which is these nice glowing colors, pastels and little cargo skirts. She's like the girl who works in the 7-11 down the street from you.
[ Full interview from ARTIST direct ]
Milla was on German TV show Wetten, dass..? with Katy Perry on Saturday night. From Milla's Twitter (@MillaJovovich): Going on the german show "wetten dass" w katy perry tonite! Its gonna b awesome!
September 30, 2010:
- Its so dark this early in the morning u feel like u shld speak in whispers.After hair n makeup we take a ferry across the lake 2 the castle.
- here is the castle! Divine. Did sum climbing the castle walls in corsets! N another grt scene w cristoph waltz
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