Milla Jovovich Shares Photos From Daughter’s Russian Orthodox Baptism

05/27/2015 at 12:30 PM ET

Milla Jovovich Welcomes Daughter Dashiel
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You can take the girl out of Russia, but you can’t take the Russia out of the girl.

Milla Jovovich has been giving her Instagram followers an inside look at daughter Dashiel Edan‘s traditional Russian Orthodox baptism ceremony, which took place Friday at the Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox church in Los Angeles.

On Saturday, the actress, 39, posted a black-and-white photo of her mini-me, 7-year-old daughter Ever Gabo, cradling Dashiel at the baptism. She calls the pair her “two beauties” and notes that the event was “incredible! Such a gorgeous ceremony, so peaceful and spiritual.”

She followed the sweet sister snapshot with two more stunning black-and-white photos from the ceremony. One captures a tender mother-daughter moment, with Jovovich kissing Dashiel’s head.

The second shot is more playful, showing the Resident Evil star, her hair covered by a scarf, smiling as she lifts her 8-week-old in the air.

The caption of the latter offers some information about the traditional ceremony: “When we speak Russian we call her ‘Dasha,’ so her Saint’s name is ‘Daria.’ Amazing fact, Dashiel was born on April 1st which is also Saint Daria’s Day! Amazing, right? She was born on the day of her namesake patron saint! (The christening was held at a traditional Russian Orthodox Church here in Los Angeles and it’s respectful for women to cover their heads before entering.)”

The doting mother recently shared that she and husband Paul W.S. Anderson co-sleep with their two daughters to strengthen the family’s connection, and also said she’s looking forward to taking things slower the second time around.

“I’m so excited to have another baby because I can actually stop and smell the roses this time around. So much of being a parent is spent running or worrying, cleaning up messes, going to doctors, making sure they eat the right food and act polite, that actually being able to step back and see how amazing your child is can be something we forget to do,” she said.

— Andrea Park

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maja on

I wonder why she never mentions her father’s native country, its culture, religion, etc. Her father is Serbian, she has Serbian name and surname(Milica Jovovic), but yet she never speaks about him. It would be nice that her daughters learn something about their grandfather’s heritage, not just about grandmother’s.

Vera on

Aw too cute. May God bless her two little girls.

mer on

Those are some beautiful pictures. Milla’s girls are gorgeous. Ever is her spitting image. And I like the nickname Dasha.

Commentor on

Wow. Her older daughter has a beautiful, angelic face. I find her tousled hair natural and childlike. It’s clean and shiny. Perfectly groomed hair at every moment is not normal for a 5 year old. Plenty of time and money for posed portraits at another time. This is the record of a special family event in their lives and it’s perfect as is.

LOLA on

The beginning of the article is weird. Mila is not Russian, even if she goes to Russian Orthodox Church. Serbia is not part of Russia, seriously People Mag!

Renovina on

I’m orthodox as well- this child is quite young, my niece was almost 10 months when baptized, and the godparents had to be Orthodox as well. Is the godfather she named Orthodox? That’s interesting.

nina on

To everyone who seems confused.. Serbia is also Orthodox. We Orthodox (I am Lebanese- which is Antiochian) can go to whatever Orthodox church that is in communion with each other (Greek, Russian, Antiochain, Indian, Romanian, OCA, etc..) There are also Coptic, Ethiopian, etc…. Of course her Godfather is Orthodox, a sponsor must be a member of the church in good standing. Babies are baptized at any age. Priests generally prefer around 4 months, just for their size to hold, but really, no age is the “right” age. Please commentators do some research before posting (I do ask for forgiveness for mis-spelled words – auto correct is not always good)

nina on

God Grant Many Years!

Summer on

Shes Ukraininan (Sp?) I believe. Her father might be of Serbian descent, But she was born in Kiev to a Russian mother and speaks Russian. I can see why she relates more to that side.

CB on

Milla is Russian. She was born in Ukraine because her grandmother moved there before she was born. Indeed her father is Serbian but she is equally Russian.

Tee on

Ach, that last picture of Dasha and Milla is absolutely lovely!

Sara K on

Ever is GORGEOUS just like Milla!

mmoffat22 on

She’s actually from Ukraine. Not Russia. Not something I would misconstrue these days.

life goes on on

Like she said, her daughters are both beautiful.

Paige on

Congratulations to her and family on the new addition.

Sara on

My daughter zoe was just born on her saints day as well. …I wish the pictures were in color as I personally find the Orthodox Church to be beyond colorful and gorgeous.

sandy on

Photo’s are gorgeous!!! How refreshing to see pictures pertaining to a baptism. Not often do you get to see! Love black and white pictures

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