I always liked Milla Jovovich as a model but I didn’t know much about her beyond that. I know she got into acting but I haven’t seen her in much. But I just learned is she’s a musician who’s been writing songs since she was 15 and is pretty well respected in the music community. Color me impressed. Milla and her Resident Evil director, Paul W. S. Anderson will celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary this year. The couple has two kids, daughters Ever, 11, and Dashiel, three. Milla knows that their lifestyle could negatively affect her daughters’ attitude. To prevent this, Milla checks them whenever they start sounding ‘entitled.’
Keeping it real! Milla Jovovich knows that her two children live a “privileged life,” but the actress opened up about how she keeps her 11-year-old daughter, Ever, from becoming “entitled.”
“It’s about having an open conversation every time,” the model told Us Weekly exclusively at the amFAR Gala New York on Wednesday, February 6. “Every time that I see my daughter getting a bit complacent, feeling a little entitled and … treating people in a way that’s not totally respectful, I call and say, ‘Hey let’s stop and talk.’”
She added: “We have these pep talks. I tell her about what’s going on in the world, I tell her how lucky she is and to remember what’s important in this life. To remember to appreciate people, to be curious about people. To really be interested in things, because, without that, you’re not going to get anywhere in life if you’re in your own head. You have to look outside.”
That’s one of the reasons why the Resident Evil star is all about “supporting great causes,” such as the Dian Fossey Fund for gorilla protection.
“[Ever] knows how important it is for me to give back to society, to give back to the world especially because we’re living a privileged life,” Jovovich told Us. “We’re living in this incredible country, America, where we have everything at our fingertips. So many people don’t. It’s so important to me to make her understand how lucky she is, and that it’s our job to give back and not just take.”
I think, “I call and say, ‘Hey let’s stop and talk,’” is a typo, because calling your kid to schedule a meeting to discuss not being privileged sounds *awfully* privileged. Milla’s message is solid and maybe she means she calls her out. I’m all for all parents reminding their children they are no better than anyone else. Making kids aware of the world, across all economic strata, is a good way to do it. I appreciate Milla acknowledging that her kids could be more susceptible to entitlement. There is nothing wrong with raising your kid rich, I know I’d love the opportunity. But understanding what other people go through is important and I respect Milla for passing that on to her kids. I don’t think you need to be privileged to share this lesson either, giving back helps everyone and if you can afford the time, it’s a great experience for kids.
And not to be too superficial but how genetically blessed is Ever?! Look at those eyes!
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