Catching up with Milla Jovovich
If Tila Tequila's rapid fire brain droppings are your idea of must-read celebrity Twitterings, then you may want to take a pass on Milla Jovovich. The actress/model/singer -- who has been tweeting since last fall -- seems to have figured out how to have an easy conversation with her fans while still fiercely guarding her privacy.
Tonight, in honor of reaching 200,000 Twitter followers Jovovich will host a live streaming concert for fans by way of saying thanks. She'll also ask them to consider a donation to Sophie's Voice Foundation, a group founded by Jovovich's "Resident Evil: Afterlife" co-star Boris Kodjoe after his wife gave birth to a baby with Spina Bifida.
But how did Jovovich -- a bona fide box office draw who still manages to stay well below the paparazzi radar -- start tweeting in the first place? Although she's long maintained a robust site for fans, she'd pretty much dismissed the idea of tweeting. But the studio asked her to sign on and talk about her experiences filming the next "Resident Evil" movie (due in theaters this fall). And, well, it kind of grew on her.
"I do stuff that for people I know is normal," said Jovovich in a phone interview. "But for many it isn't normal and they like to read about it."
In the beginning, Jovovich confessed that she was a little overzealous -- tweeting from her on-set trailer several times throughout the day. "It's growing pains," she said. "Soon I realized there was no way I could do this all the time." And so as the months passed, Jovovich ratcheted back her missives. Between work, a recent belated honeymoon and chasing around two-year-old daughter Ever Gabo, Jovovich just doesn't have the bandwidth to keep up a real-time dialogue.
"You want to be in touch with your fans," she said. "But if you're on Twitter all the time you don't have time to be the person they liked so much in the first place."
Jovovich credits the medium with putting her in direct touch with her fans without the intervention of journalists who (she half-jokingly hints) often have an agenda and "print what they want to print." But she's aware of the missteps of her peers -- like Courtney Love and the above-mentioned Tila Tequila -- who use Twitter as a means to "unload" negativity.
"I'm not going to get on and say I just got in a fight with my mom," says Jovovich. "I use [Twitter] to write things I want people to know about me. I still have some intense discussions with my fans, but it's all about stuff I believe in."
Jovovich's Twitterbration takes place today at 8 p.m. ET.
| January 15, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
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