It’s been 15 years since the first “Resident Evil” hit theatres, but star Milla Jovovich is hoping this really isn’t the “Final Chapter” of the franchise.
Milla Jovovich has been thrilling audiences for fifteen years as Alice, the action star of the Resident Evil movies. Sadly, this could be the last time Alice battles it out with zombies, mutants and the evil Umbrella Corporation. But RESIDENT EVIL is, of course, more than just a movie franchise to the actress. It's where she met her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, and started a family. Despite being her sixth “Resident Evil” film, shooting “The Final Chapter” was a unique experience.
“It’s always exciting to do a ‘Resident Evil’ movie, but this time was quite special because I got to work with my daughter and I had a new baby on the shoot,” Jovovich explained during our recent interview in Los Angeles at a Beverly Hills hotel. “It was a real family affair.”
Jovovich and her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson — who directs his wife for the fourth time in “The Final Chapter” — welcomed their second daughter Dashiel Edan in April of 2015. Filming started in September of that year. To make it even more of a family collaboration, their eldest daughter, Ever, plays the Red Queen in the film and she does a darn fine job at it.
"It's funny because when she was five she kept saying 'Mama, I want to be an actress," Milla disclosed during our interview. " So, I sort of put up all of these obstacles telling her that she had to learn how to read, she had to take acting class and she did it. She learned to read so well, she took classes and she loves it. I would watch her in class and see how hard she was working and how good she was and thought well, if this is something that she really wants to do then why should we stop her. Watching her on set, seeing what she could do and how professional she was, I have to say I couldn't have been prouder."
Ali Larter , who can currently be seen on the small screen in the TV show, Pitch is back for a third go around as Claire Redfield. The 40-year old actress was thrilled when she was approached to revive the character that she calls her most popular. Larter had some serious work to do to get into action mode and got into serious shape for the flick, just months after welcoming daughter Vivienne.
Larter says she worked out five days a week, and worked hard. She loves to do hot yoga, enjoys running, but is not someone who can just go to the gym and follow classes or use machines. When she started the movie, Vivienne was six months old and she had gained 50 pounds [during pregnancy], so she knew that in order to play Claire to the best of her ability it was imperative that she get back in shape.
In case you were wondering about Larter's hot new TV series Pitch, which left the fate of Major League Baseball’s first female pitcher on a dramatic cliffhanger, fans have just one question: Will there be a season 2?
"Thankfully," Larter told me during our recent interview in Los Angeles, "Things are looking good for the baseball drama."
“I've heard some whispers, yeah,” Larter continued, “It's looking really good! “What's interesting is, I signed on to that at the last minute,” Larter said of the series. “I was trying to take some time off, and then once again, this really special project comes and [executive producers] Dan Fogelman and Kevin Falls, incredible writers… each script exceeded my expectations.”
As for Jovovich, her next role will be a total departure from Alice. “I like real-life stories. Actually my next film that I’m doing with Rob Reiner is based on a true story about reporters that were trying to tell the truth about what happened after 9/11,” she said. “I’m playing the wife of one of the reporters. I got a chance to talk to her and we Skyped together. It’s incredible to feel like you’re doing justice to a character that’s still alive. I can speak for her and allow a little glimpse into her personal life.”
But before that, Jovovich will make one more trip to Raccoon City.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hits theatres this Friday January 27th.
CLICK BELOW to watch my interviews with Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, William Levy, Eoin Macken and director Paul W.S. Anderson.