Answers with actress Milla Jovovich from the ďSummer of SonyĒ International
Press Junket - Cancun, Mexico
MILLA JOVOVICH (ďAliceĒ)
Q. What were some
of the unique challenges of playing ďAliceĒ this time?
A. The training
process was a lot harder than ever because I really wanted to lose the mommy
baby weight completely. Itís not like I didnít lose it for the last movie but I
was still hormonal and when youíre hormonal, you can exercise all day long but
your body retains fat and water because itís thinking it has to protect a child
and nurse a child. My friend was hormonal for, I think, two years after a baby.
I was for three years. We went to Hawaii last January and I had this horrible
massage and I couldnít relax and all I could think of was, when is this going to
end? [My husbandís] all like passed out. I started thinking, God, youíre just a
failure. Look at yourself. You donít even go outside in a bikini; youíre wearing
a tee-shirt because youíre embarrassed. The paparazzi might take a picture of
you picking something up. What have you turned into? You used to be Maximís
sexiest body! What happened to you, Milla? I said, okay. Thatís it. After this
massage, youíre going on a diet. Youíre going to the gym. And youíre going to
cut your hair. And I left that spa all like [clenches fists] and Paulís
like, ďHoney, whatís wrong? You look so focused.Ē I said, ďLook, Iím going to
lose weight and Iím going to go on a diet and Iím going to go to the gym and Iím
going to cut my hair. But this weekend, Iím going to eat hotdogs and pizza. Then
Iím going to have a Korean BBQ. But on Monday, thatís it.Ē And I did it.
Literally like that.
Q. Then did you go
looking for photographers?
A. No. No. No.
When I look at the pictures of myself back then, itís not even like I wasÖitís
more the way you feel when you work on yourself. Thereís a confidence that you
have. It doesnít matter whether you look different or not. You feel different.
Even though my body didnít look bad, I felt like I wasnít doing anything for
myself. So I just felt like a loser because I wasnít putting anything into this
great thing thatís given me so much and that I used to be really proud of. I
think that disciplineís really important for your confidence. The only way to
gain confidence is to work hard, whether itís on yourself or your writing or
your acting or your music. Whatever it is, but exercise is for everybody, I
donít care if youíre a writer or a doctor. Youíre never going to feel good about
yourself if you donít put that work in.
Q. Is this the
first time that youíve felt this way? Or are you usually comfortable with your
A. At sixteen, I
was so horrible. You would have hated me. I was the worst sixteen-year-old you
can imagine. So snooty. So, like, ďIím so cool.Ē I would literally look at girls
who were twenty-two and be like, ďWhy are you even going out? You should be home
having babies.Ē I mean, I was horrible. When I look at interviews with myself
between the ages of thirteen and sixteen, I just want to hide in shame because
itís just so embarrassing how I think Iím so cool. It took a long time for me
to, you know, get over that.
Q. I hear you
daughter is taking Taekwondo. Is she preparing to be an action star, too?
A. I donít know if
itís about the action star thing but I have been stretching her since the day
she was born so she can do the splits in every direction and the Taekwondo is
more for discipline. I donít want her to be a professional Taekwondo-anything
because you ruin your body through ballet or being a professional gymnast or
professional martial artist. I donít want her to hyperextend and do crazy stuff
to her bones and her muscles. Discipline she can use for every area of her life.
To know that, when you started, you sucked. Then you worked and you worked and
then you did it and now youíre great. That, for me, is a very simple formula
that works. To be able to instill that in her Ė that you can do anything, all
you need to do is work to achieve it. You want to play guitar? Pick it up.
Youíre going to suck and youíre going to have to practice and then, hey, a week
later, youíll know how to play a G cord.Ē It really is that simple. She wants to
do ballet and she was in a ballet class but it was like a baby class. It was
silly. I want her to have a real Russian class. I want the big Russian with the
cane. When I did ballet, I had the crazy Russian woman. Trust me, I did not talk
back. To have that follow through from an early age will make her somebody who
doesnít just have an idea but someone who actually makes that idea reality.
Q. When do you
think as an actor you stopped ďsucking,Ē as you say, and got better?
A. I still suck.
Iím not being self-deprecating because I have great moments, too. But I have to
work. I was never a natural talent. My mom was a natural talent. She just knew
herself. She was just comfortable with her self and expressing herself. Having
such a strong mom who was so talented made me very insecure. Itís funny because
my daughter will do things in front of my friends or in front of her
grandparents but as soon as I walk in she stops. Sheíll be singing songs she
hears [me] recording downstairs but as soon as I walk in, sheíll stop singing.
Iím like, ďEver, your voice sounds so beautiful.Ē But itís hard because sheís
imitating me and if I catch her doing it she gets embarrassed. We have to find
something thatís her thing. If I could help her find her passion, she would
never have to work because when you love something, itís not work, is it?
Q. Does she speak
A. She speaks
better than I do because she has the most amazing Russian nanny. When we were in
Toronto last year, she went to this incredible Russian school. She was on my
level when she was one or two. By three, she was already correcting me. Now when
I try and speak Russian to her, sheís like, ďMom, speak English. I donít have
time for you to sit and be like, ĎWhat are you sayingí?Ē Sheís a smart cookie.
Q. When you go to
Russia do you feel like youíre home?
A. In some sense,
yes, because of the people and hearing the language and feelingÖthereís a
certain quality. I donít want to generalize and say, ďThis race of people is
like this and this race of people is like that.Ē But, when you go to a Russian
party, itís a Russian party. You go to a French party, itís a French party.
Thereís a certain type of food and a certain type of joke. I have a group of
people that I adore in Russia. So yeah, in some sense I feel like Iím coming to
a certain home. Then again, Russianís not my first language any more so I can
communicate up to a point but usually it ends with me speaking English and
people going, ďAw, youíre so cute when you speak Russian.Ē
Q. Apart from
keeping fit, what are your best beauty tips?
A. Obviously it
starts with what you put in your body, right? I try to eat as clean as I can
during the week, which is pretty easy because I cook at home for my daughter. We
cook really well and then we have our cheats on the weekend. But itís a regime,
like anything. Youíve got to wash your face. Tone. Moisturize. Do that every day
and every night and youíll have better skin than the person who didnít. Iíve
been toning and moisturizing since I was twelve. Seriously.
Q. Is cooking
something you like to do?
A. I love to cook.
That was just another reason, too, why I didnít want to go traveling and make
movies this year; not just to chauffer my daughter around but to be there like
my mom was for me. Cooking for me, cooking for the family, being at home. When
my daughter says, ďMom?Ē Iím like, ďYeah. Iím right here in the other room.Ē
Sheís got that feeling that sheís number one because her whole life Iíve been
number one or her dad and sheís following us. Now Iíve turned it around. ďNo, I
have to follow you and make sure you get to your classes and Iím focused on
you.Ē Sometimes she loves it. Sometimes Iím sure she hates it, like we all do.
But at least she knows her mom loves her more than anything and that she was my
Q. This movie
deals with future technology. Are you a fan of the latest gadgets, like the 3-D
Blu-ray players and the iPad?
A. Oh, yeah. Iím
the Apple genius at home. Iím definitely a tech head. Also because I love to
record music so I was all into Reason when it first came out and then Logic and
now Pro Tools. I love computers. Of course, I canít get my head around a PS3 or
a VCR to save my life. But pretty much any problem you have on an Apple, I could
potentially solve. Give me a remote control and Iím like, ďWhat happens?Ē