See Milla Jovovich's Daughter, Who's Taking Over Hollywood This Summer
Thirteen-year-old Ever Anderson is playing a young Scarlett Johansson.
Black Widow is finally hitting theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9. The movie will bring back Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, along with some new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz are all part of the cast and a young, new actor, Ever Anderson, is joining the MCU to play Johansson's character when she was a child. But while this is a huge role for 13-year-old Anderson, she's very familiar with Hollywood already. Ever is the daughter of actor Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson.
Read on to see Ever as young Natasha Romanoff and to learn more about her budding career.
Ever Anderson plays a tween version of Black Widow in the upcoming Marvel movie.
Fans will have to wait to see the movie to get the entire story, but we know that Black Widow explores Natasha Romanoff's past before she became an Avenger. As she says in one Black Widow trailer, "We have to go back to where it all started." The storyline goes all the way back to Natasha's childhood, which is when we see the character portrayed by Ever.
In that same trailer for the film, Ever can be spotted with short blue hair, crying during a scene with Harbour, who says, "My girls are the toughest girls." In another Black Widow teaser, which was released on June 28, a tearful Ever wields a gun and protects what appears to be Natasha's younger sister.
Milla Jovovich is thrilled about her daughter acting, but a little scared, too.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in December 2020, Jovovich shared that she's excited about her oldest child getting into acting, but, naturally, she's a bit worried, too. In addition to Ever, Jovovich and her husband share six-year-old Dashiel and one-year-old Osian.
"On the one hand I'm terrified because I know how difficult this industry is," the Fifth Element actor said. "And on the other hand, I'm overjoyed because I feel like my child has found their passion, and she has been very focused on it since she was five years old."
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Jovovich thinks Black Widow is the perfect movie for her daughter.
"We call her Baby Widow," Jovovich said in the Entertainment Tonight interview. "She's such a fan of the Marvel movies and you know, Ever is just such an incredible talent. She's just a real natural and it was so wonderful to watch her on set."
The proud mom added, "She had everybody crying during one of her scenes! She's amazing. I think people are going to be really, really impressed when they see the movie."
Ever previously played a younger version of her mother.
Jovovich has played Alice/Alicia in six Resident Evil movies, from 2002 to 2016. And Ever joined her for the 2016 movie, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, playing a younger version of the character.
In an interview with i-D in March 2020, then-12-year-old Ever said that she hasn't seen any of the Resident Evil movies. "I haven't seen any of them! Not even the one I'm in! My parents won't let me see them yet."
Ever said the experience made her want to be an actor. "I literally cried when they yelled 'cut' on my last day of filming [Resident Evil] because I really didn't want it to be over," she told Vice in 2020. "After that, I asked my parents if I could audition for more films, and they said they would consider it if I kept my grades up." And it seems she's kept up her end of the bargain. In March 2020, Ever proudly showed off her honor roll certificate while still sporting the blue hair she had for Black Widow.
She has another big role coming up, but she's ready for the pitfalls of child stardom.
After Black Widow, Ever's next project is Peter Pan & Wendy, which will premiere on Disney+ in 2022. She's playing the title role of Wendy, with English actor Alexander Molony as Peter Pan, Jude Law as Captain Hook, Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell, and Jim Gaffigan as Smee.
"Some people have warned me that some child actors become sick of acting and grow up to be miserable," she told i-D. "But I see myself going to college one day and also doing other things, so I don't think that will happen. My parents always tell me I can be whatever I want to be as long as I work hard. If acting isn't fun anymore, I can find other things that will keep me happy."