Milla Jovovich says she's relishing the chance to play characters other than a zombie killer.
The 34-year-old, known for playing the lead the Resident Evil franchise, has two new films in the pipeline which have been premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
She co-stars with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton in the psychological drama Stone, and with Juno Temple and Mary Steenburgen in the teen comedy Dirty Girl.
She said: "I just keep chugging away at the smaller, more interesting character studies that I get to play. The Resident Evil world is amazing. I love it and I love the action. But really, when you do the little indies, you get a chance to play the parts you don't normally play."
Milla, 34, led the weekend box office with 27.7 million US dollars for Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the series, in which she reprises her role as a superhero slaying ravenous zombies that have overrun the world.
The Resident Evil movies have left the actress somewhat typecast, making more serious roles a bit tougher to land, she said. Stone director John Curran said he initially had doubts that she could pull off the role but that Milla aced her audition.
She's not complaining about her main gig as an action hero, though.
"I'm really lucky to have a four-picture franchise. Not many women in Hollywood are given the opportunity to helm a big action franchise," she said.
"So it's a big honour, and I keep doing smaller movies that give me a chance to play something different from Alice in Resident Evil and to really grow as an actress."