I never realized how painful wearing a corset could be until I got the chance to chat with the star, who told us the costume even cut off her circulation!
We got to sit down with Milla Jovovich at a tea party to celebrate her latest campaign for Mercedes-Benz at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week on Sept. 11, where the star filled us in on what it was really like being on the The Three Musketeers set!
“The costume is a big deal for the girls on this picture and I have to do some action sequences with it too,” she said. Although the costumes may look beautiful, wearing them was an ordeal!
“We’ve [the women on set] been trying to figure out the best way to fit in our dresses,” she said. “I sent the assistants out to Ikea to get big, overstuffed arm chairs so we could prop ourselves up and get little coffee tables so we can put our stuff on there.”
Milla said wearing the elaborate customes even effected her daily diet on set! “We asked for smoothies for lunch because once you get into those corsets it is so painful! After you have lunch it’s impossible to get back in there without feeling like you’re going to have to throw up.”
Wow, I never realized how uncomfortable a corset could be! “I mean it’s incredible when you’re walking around in these costumes you can really understand what these women must have felt like,” the actress said.
Milla isn’t exaggerating — they weren’t just a little uncomfortable, in fact, at one point the dress cut off her circulation! “At one point I remember they put all this body makeup on my hands to make me pale and they looked beautiful, but once I got the costume on I came in and she the makeup artist was like, ‘What happened to your hands?’ and I was like ‘What do you mean?’ and I looked down and my hands were blue and looked bruised!”
As if her hands swelling weren’t enough, they didn’t even realize the costume was cutting off her circulation at first. “We were trying to find all these different color combinations to put on my hands cause all of a sudden my hands were blue and bloated and then we realized the arms of the costume were so tight it cut off my circulation so we had to cut the costume open to get the blood flowing and they finally went back to normal.”