Milla Jovovich Says Ever Won’t Be a ‘Working Child’
Milla Jovovich burst onto the modeling scene at the tender age of 12, but she says daughter Ever Gabo, 2, won’t be quite so overexposed.
“She’s not going to be a working child,” the actress, 34, tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies. “For me it’s kind of creepy, the whole working kid kind of thing.”
Jovovich is quick to point out, however, that their circumstances differ drastically.
“We were struggling financially, we were immigrants from Russia and we really needed to succeed,” she recalls. “My mom saw talent in me and she wanted to make the best and most out of it.”
By contrast, Jovovich says that because of her and director husband Paul W.S. Anderson‘s success, there is “no real use for [Ever] to work.”
Confessing that she was “wild at 15,” Jovovich is hoping Ever won’t be in such a hurry to grow up. “I definitely want my daughter to just be a child,” she reveals. “Work hard in school and find your passion, slowly.”
From the sound of things, Milla has found her own passion in motherhood. “When I’m not working, I want to be with my baby,” she says before proclaiming, “the multitasking Milla is a thing of the past.”
“I’m about prioritizing now,” she continues. “I can’t do all the modeling and movies that I want and still have time for my baby and my family.”
She’s also learned that even when it appears as though she has carved out some of that special time for herself, she is rarely alone!
“In L.A. it’s hard because the paparazzi is everywhere. It’s hard to do normal things like go to the park or go to the grocery store,” Jovovich laments.
While Ever is “getting used to” the photographers, she’s unhappy with them nonetheless.
“[She] says, ‘I want to break them … Oh camera … I want to break them,’” the Resident Evil: Afterlife star reports. “Sometimes I don’t even see them and she spots them, like, from a mile away.”
Because their presence tends to leave other parents feeling “pissed off,” Jovovich says she now sends her daughter to the park with a nanny instead.
“She’s like, ‘Momma come to the park with me,’ and I say, ‘When Momma goes to the park, all the photographers come, so you go and play with your friends,’” Jovovich says. “It gets really tense at the park.”
– Susan Young