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Milla Jovovich: Afterlife and soul

While zombie killing might seem an unlikely way for a wife to make a living, Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich says she loves her role in the family business.

Married to the writer and director of the successful computer game movie franchise, Paul WS Anderson, the former model looks the picture of boho chic in beads and a ripped grey T-shirt (revealing a tanned and toned shoulder) and explains that she's still excited about zombie killer Alice, despite having played the role three times before.

"It's a real family affair for us now," she admits. "We put so much love and passion into these movies and I think people feel that, or we wouldn't be on number four," says the actress, who takes her daughter, Ever, on set when she's working.

Ukrainian-born Jovovich is fiercely proud of the franchise, which she's worked on for the past eight years. Fighting zombies could now seem like another day in the office, but she never gets bored.

"I'm always excited to see where Alice [he character] is going next," she explains. "She's become such a huge part of my world. As I've become more immersed, she's almost become a part of me."

For those new to the franchise and computer game, Alice is on a mission to destroy the Umbrella Corporation which created the T-virus that has ravaged the earth, turning people into flesh-eating zombies.

In the first film, Alice has insomnia and eventually learns she caused the accident that started the outbreak and is overcome by self-loathing. Luckily though, she also developed superhuman powers because of a mutation, which means she can blow up zombies and regenerate if she gets bitten.

Everything's about to change in Afterlife.

"Alice has become a very lonely person," says Jovovich. "In this movie, she's taking back her self-respect. For the first time in a long time, she feels like she belongs in this world again. It's been quite a beautiful progression for me to play, as an actress."

The film kicks off with Alice in Japan, heading up an army of her own clones to destroy her nemesis, Umbrella Chairman Albert Wesker. But the showdown destroys her army and strips her of her powers.

Never one to give up, Alice hops on a plane to find the mysterious Arcadia -- allegedly the only place the T-virus hasn't reached. The only person she finds is her old comrade Claire (Ali Larter), who has amnesia. The pair team up again and make for the ruined city of Los Angeles, encountering burrowing zombies, water zombies and, scariest of all, LA zombies.

Both actresses do their own stunts, an opportunity which Jovovich relishes.

"Alice has given me the opportunity to do some of the most incredible stunts and to fly -- it's like Disney World to me," she gushes. "It's this crazy, scary, violent Disney World."

After eight years of Resident Evil, you'd think the 34-year-old would be unfazed by any stunt required of her, but it's still a "challenge" she says.

"Now I know the basic moves, we can pump up the action, because I'm not starting from scratch."

Afterlife brought another unique challenge, as it was filmed in 3D, using NASA-developed Phantom cameras to capture minute detail.

"We couldn't get away with all the tricks we normally do on a 2D movie. When you're doing a fight sequence, you've got to get really close to make it believable. A lot of times, 'really close' means you get banged up by other people. You get punched in the head and kicked," she says, giggling.

This time round, there's also the addition of Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, playing Claire's long-lost brother Chris, who, fittingly, is just emerging from a cell he's been confined to for years.

"Milla's got this loud, loose, in-your-face laugh and a sense of humour that makes her seem like one of the guys," says Miller about his co-star. Perhaps it's this attitude which has made Resident Evil such a success -- and why a fifth instalment could soon be on the way.

"We have a lot of great ideas for a new one," says Jovovich, eyes twinkling.

Resident Evil: Afterlife is in cinemas


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