The Ukrainian-born actress left the Soviet Union at the age of 5 with her doctor father and actress mother. After stops in London and Sacramento, the family settled in Los Angeles, where, at the age of 11, Jovovich became a model for Revlon and hasn’t stopped since. From early roles in the Return to the Blue Lagoon and Dazed and Confused to breakout roles in The Fifth Element and Resident Evil, the model/actress/singer/fashion designer has kept herself in the spotlight.

Her latest film is The Fourth Kind. In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind, natch.

The Fourth Kind is a thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where – mysteriously since the 1960s – a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. In this fact-based film, Jovovich plays psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who conducts a sleep disorder study that revealed terrifying data.

Under hypnosis, residents exhibited behaviors that suggested encounters with aliens. Before sleep, every person recalled a white owl outside his or her window. They woke up paralyzed, hearing horrific noises from beyond their doors just before an unknown assailant pulled them screaming from their rooms. No one remembers anything after that.

As we all know, fact is truly stranger, and scarier, than fiction. The Fourth Kind integrates never-before-seen archival footage of actual patient sessions into the film to provide a true-to-life haunting atmosphere that gets into your skin in a way that slasher flicks can’t. Whether you want to investigate this legend for yourself or are just going through Halloween withdrawal, join Jovovich in your own close encounter of the fourth kind.

The Fourth Kind releases in theaters Nov. 6.