Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter dish on girl power in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’

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‘Resident Evil’ stars Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter stopped by AOL’s BUILD Series to discuss their reprised roles of Alice and Claire respectively in the sixth and final installment of the film series. The movie picks up three weeks after the fifth movie’s events. Alice will be coming back without her abilities to a ravished Raccoon City in order to take on the regime of Umbrella Corporation in hopes to save humankind and whatever remains in the world.

‘Resident Evil’ encompasses the idea of female empowerment and overall girl power. When it comes to the stunt work, Larter and Jovovich were both eager and determined to exercise their muscles and do the physical work on set for the big action sequences. Nowadays, not many films with central female characters get to do this, and its refreshing that in ‘Final Chapter’ we don’t see them defaulting to the status quo.

“I love the idea of being in a female-led action franchise. I was also attracted to the physicality of it. Your body is almost a role in the movie. I love the idea of learning the stunts, [and] going into the gun training. It’s really empowering to be in a traditionally male role. Yes, this [film] is gory and bloody, and [has] zombies, and [is] shoot ’em up but in its underbelly, this is really about female empowerment and you know what, give us a chance, we can do this too!”, explained Larter.

Jovovich chimed in:

“I have this one fight, we call it the ‘upside-down fight’ and that for me was AMAZING because I’ve never done anything like it before. I felt like an acrobat or a circus performer because I was hanging from one foot and having to fight these guys and shoot the guns. It was quite challenging. I was excited! I love action, I love stunt work, [and] I love the wire work.”

Even though Jovovich and Larter are the two major female stars of the film, it would be rude to not mention that there’s another worthy actress that embodied the notion of girl power in ‘Final Chapter’. Jovovich’s 9-year-old daughter, Ever Gabo Jovovich-Anderson, made her debut appearance as an actress in this movie.

Jovovich revealed to us that she was initially scared to have her daughter pursue show business, but later realized that her daughter truly was determined to become an actress when she didn’t make an excuse to not go to acting classes on the weekends. Ever discovered her passion and is proudly a part of her mom and dad’s [director: Paul W. S. Anderson] movie project. Talk about a family affair! Jovovich shared a little more about Ever’s role in the film and professionalism on set:

“She plays the Red Queen and she’s phenomenal in it. It’s pretty unforgettable, to be on set with my husband and my child and to see her really wanting it and being so professional. [I] remember on the last day, everybody was clapping for her and she was all happy and then she realized they were clapping because she was done. Then the tears welled up and just like started running down her face and it oh god, it broke my heart but it also made me so happy — to think that your kid finds their passion. I don’t know what else you would want as a parent.”

Ever likely has a bright future ahead of her.

‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ hits theaters this weekend — and it will be jam-packed with intense action scenes, fierce battles, dangerous monsters, and overall girls kicking butt.

‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ hits theaters starting Friday 1/27/17! For more info visit their official site here. Be sure to follow Milla Jovovich on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Ali Larter on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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