Milla Jovovich Says Ever Won’t Be a ‘Working Child’

04/19/2010 at 06:00 PM ET
GSI Media

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

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Nella on

I admire Milla’s honesty about her family’s financial struggles,not a lot of famous people would admit to that I think. I love her view on letting her daughter be a child and not to grow up too fast, nowdays kids grow up a little too fast in my opinion. The whole paparazzi thing I mean I find it sad that her nanny has to take her to a park because Milla will cause publicity . As much as I love seeing pictures of these precious kids and coming to this website there should be a certain limit that the paparazzi should have when it comes to these kids. There are certain celeb kids that we see pictures of almost all the time and I don’t think it’s necessary ,just my opinion on that.

Mrs. R on

It’s sad that Milla feels that she can’t go to the park because the other parents get mad at the photogs presence… it’s not her fault they are there. It’s sad that other parents don’t help Milla out and tell the paps to buzz off!

Milla – come to Northern California! We will let your child play in peace because paps don’t come here, and we’ll be friendly to you too!

Linda on

so cute!

carol on

it’s called “go to a different park”. I know that park she is referring to, always paparazzi….I also go to MANY other parks all over L.A. and there isn’t paparazzi…it’s just like the IVY….stop going to that one unless you want to be photographed. Simple.

HeatherB on

Nothing would stop me from going to the park with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. As annoying as the photogs may be to her and other parents, I would not let anyone else dictate what I can and can not do with my child. In ten years, I’m sure she’ll be wishing she had those memories at the park with her daughter, with or without the paps.
And I agree with you Carol, there are a million parks, yet all of these celebrities go to that same one. It really is ok to go to a different park, even if it’s not the “cool” one πŸ™‚

Renee on

carol, I’ve heard stories of people who have tried exactly what you said, but there’s always somebody there to rat them out to the press for a little bit of money. I figure they get used to it and it seems like even if they go to another park, hey, paparazzi scumbags are going to bug them anyway, so why even bother. I’m sure Milla had already thought of that and it failed. At least she’s considerate and thinking of her daughter and the other children. So, no it’s not that simple. Not simple at all.

Stella Bella on

That’s really sad that the other parents get mad at her when the paps show up. As long as she isn’t calling the photogs, I don’t see how it’s her fault.

Call It Bull on

This is complete poppycock. I knew Milla and her family when she was just breaking into modeling. Her father drove a mercedes and they lived in Beverly Hills. Does this sound like a struggling Russian family to you?

CelebBabyLover on

Renee- I agree! Also, I’m guessing that the park Ever goes to is the one all her friends go to. Naturally Ever’s going to want to go the park her friends do, so she can play with them there. πŸ™‚