Directed by Luc Besson, nowadays 'The Fifth Element' movie is considered a sci-fi classic that told a story never told before. Full of drama, existentialism, and Bruce Willis as the action lead, nothing much could be asked of it.
Alongside Willis, we watched Gary Oldman being the villain and Milla Jovovich stealing everyone's hearts portraying Leeloo. More than two decades later, the film remains one of the most epic adventures and in a more recent interview, Milla Jovovich talked a bit about it.
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During an interview with Vogue, Milla Jovovich revealed the story behind her outfit in The Fifth Element but also admitted that she was not Luc Besson's first choice. According to the actress, she went to audition and nothing happened until months later when she encountered the director in a hotel pool.
The director recognized her and wanted to make another screen test, in the end, it turns out she was the chosen one to portray the character.
Elsewhere in the interview, Milla Jovovich narrates how Jean Paul Gaultier was the one to design every single outfit from the movie. “If you see the movie there are thousands,” said Milla.
Jovovich then revealed that before meeting Jean Paul to talk about Leeloo's outfit and because there is a birth scene, they were trying to figure out what the character should be wearing. In the end, it was Milla Jovovich's idea to wear an outfit inspired by bandages, and when the director talked with the designer, he loved the idea. “Luc and Jean Paul talked about this bandage idea and Jean Paul was like 'Oh, genius, I love it!'”
Another important aspect of her character was her orange hair. According to Jovovich, the director wanted it to be like a flame but were not so sure if they should go with orange or with blue, like the bottom of the flame.
In the end, we know the outcome and decided to go with orange, but unfortunately, because they were shooting for long periods of time they realized they were having trouble since her hair is dark. They tried to maintain the color by putting peroxide on her roots but it started falling out making a total disaster. The solution? They had to do a Leeloo wig
Among other things she had to work on, Milla Jovovich revealed that she had to learn a new language that Luc Besson himself created for the film, a lot of training and even she worked on the way her character spoke.