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Milla Jovovich braces for critiques

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She’s a model, an actress, a sort of poet. And now that Milla Jovovich has added ”recording artist” to her multi-hyphenate, will people have preconceptions about the result? ”I would,” says the Russian-born 18-year-old. ”You see someone like me and think, ‘Just stick to modeling, honey.”’ It’s a predicament for sure, but not one Milla is going to lose any beauty sleep over. ”I think I’m gonna get creamed at first,” she says. ”But after the initial shock, people will listen to the music.”

The music-as witnessed by her debut album, The Divine Comedy-has been described as Celtic-inspired folk, with Kate Bushesque flights of ethereal, quirky vocalizing. Equally quirky is the video, directed by ex-Cosby Show regular Lisa Bonet, which finds Jovovich inexplicably swathed in fabric, cradling a young girl, then kissing character actor (and real-life pal) Harry Dean Stanton on the forehead. ”I got a really good connection with Lisa,” says Jovovich, who liked the idea of working with other women to create ”this great force of femininity.”

Why Milla connected with films like Return to the Blue Lagoon (”It’s a world-class movie, bud!” she cracks) and Chaplin is something that stumps even her; in fact, watching those films makes her cringe. ”I don’t feel I’ve achieved any kind of peak as an actress. I need to get better,” says Jovovich, who lives in London with her boyfriend, Stuart Zender, bassist for the acid- jazz band Jamiroquai. ”I’ve done enough of the sexy girlfriend roles.” She’d like to continue evolving in music, too. ”I wrote the songs on Divine Comedy a year and a half before I recorded them. The vibe that is catching hold of me now is much more simple and less ethereal,” she says. ”I stopped being ethereal at 161/2. I moved out and started paying my own bills.”

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