Leading music channel VH1 dubbed her the “reigning queen of kick-butt” in 2006 for her numerous appearances in sci-fi and action films.
And now it’s emerged that model, musician, fashion designer two-time Scream Awards winner Milla Jovovich could have kicked butt on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as host.
Eurovision 2017 producer Oleg Bodnarchuk revealed that Jovovich was top of the list for potential hosts.
As with Lady Gaga, who was reportedly top pick for the grand final interval, the cost of her rider – a set of requests a performer sets as criteria for performance – fell beyond the €30 million budget allocated for the contest.
Discussions appear to have been advanced, and Bodnarchuk suggests Jovovich had agreed to waving a fee for hosting.
“Milla Jovovich was one of our top picks to host the contest and she really wanted to do it for a nominal fee. Her manager wrote me a letter, because he knew that I was doing this and asked for negotiations. I’m sure she refused to host for the same reason Lady Gaga refused [to headline the Grand Final].”
That would mean that the three male hosts Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko were not Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC’s first choice to host Eurovision 2017.
Milla Jovovich had her breakthrough in 1997 French science-fiction film The Fifth Element and in 2002 appeared in horror film Resident Evil, based on the video games of the same name, which, despite commercial success, was savaged by reviewers.
She was born in Kyiv in 1975, then spent most of her early childhood in Russian capital Moscow. Her mother — the Russian actress Galina Jovovich — hails from the city.
Despite being born in Ukraine, she told Ukranian Vogue in October 2016 that she doesn’t feel Ukrainian, owing to her childhood spent in Russia.
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