The Norman Transcript

Local news

October 1, 2006

She's got stars in her eyes

By Doris Wedge

For The Transcript

There was a party at the Govich home in Norman recently as friends and family of Milena Govich watched the first show of the season of the “Law and Order” series in which Milena plays a lead role.

The 1995 Norman High graduate has experienced a steady rise in her career since landing in New York City in 1999, two weeks after graduating from college.

Her story isn’t the traditional lore of being discovered while walking down the street, but is one of having talent fortified with years training in the performing arts, backed by intelligence, beauty and the intense desire to succeed in the competitive world of show business.

Govich’s preparation for her career included studying ballet since childhood, including dancing for the Norman Ballet Company. She also studied voice, violin and played in the Norman High Orchestra. A student in the pre-med track at UCO, where her mother, Dr. Marilyn Govich, is a voice professor, she continued her studies of vocal performance, dance and the violin.

As she was preparing to graduate and began applying for admission to medical schools, she had that gnawing feeling she needed to test her talents in a bigger arena.

“I knew that if I was in medical school, I wouldn’t have time to perform,” she recalled in a phone interview this week.

Scholarships had paid most of her college expenses and she had pocketed her earnings playing violin in a string quartet at venues in Oklahoma City, enough to take care of herself while she began auditioning.

“I didn’t want to spend my energy at a day job. I made auditioning my priority. I got really good training in Oklahoma and when I arrived here I felt that I was ready to be here,” she said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma’s superintendent attracts opponents

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi....

    April 17, 2014

  • Human Rights Artist, activist-in-residence uses art to enlighten society

    La Puerta del Mileno, the Millennium Door, attempts to beckon travelers into the city walls of Ciudad Juarez, but the steel beams are abruptly interrupted as they reach for the sky by the eye of a child who sees the underlying message: the ...

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Ducks Unlimited night set

    Cleveland County’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual “Sportsman Night” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Optimist Club Gym in Norman....

    April 17, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Fed says no to business help

    LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River....

    April 17, 2014

  • History group to host local book signing event

    Mae Davenport Cox will sign copies of “Red Dirt, River and Rails: Early-Day Settlers to Southern Cleveland County” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center during ‘89er Day festivities....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU Staff Week to include daily activities

    The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Staff Week, set April 21-25, will feature many activities. The theme is “OU Staff: The Real Superheroes.” Donations of canned food for Food and Shelter may be brought to all activities except the ...

    April 17, 2014

Video
Facebook