The Norman Transcript

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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.

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