She's young, sweet, luscious, and leggy, and she's got the poutiest lips in Hollywood. Those attributes would be welcome most anywhere, but Liv Tyler prefers New York, thank you very much. Following a year of traveling to and from New Zealand to film three J.R.R Tolkien Lord of the Rings movies back to back, the 23-year-old actress says she's enjoying a little break from work. So, as she awaits the April release of her latest film, One Night at McCool's (starring Matt Dillon, John Goodman, Paul Reiser, and Michael Douglas), Tyler's hanging out here, in the city she's called home for the last eight years. We thought we'd see how she likes to spend her downtime.
So, What are you up to? At the moment I'm on an intensive real-estate hunt, so I'm pulling my hair out, just waiting for prices to go down. Things have gotten so out of control. I've been looking for a house in particular, and it's really hard. There have been a couple of things that I've really liked, and they just need so much work.
You live in the West Village; do you want to stay there? Yes, I like my neighborhood. I really appreciate all the architecture and all the beautiful old houses and the prewar buildings. And I've been discovering all the places here, so I don't even have to leave a five-block radius. It's got everything: all my shopping, Pilates, and the best facialist in the world, Tracie Martyn.
And let's not forget the quintessential New York convenience: sending out your laundry. Believe it or not, I go down to the basement, with my quarters, and do my own laundry. I can't wait to have my own laundry machine.
Why not have it done for you? I don't trust them. It comes back creased and stiff. And the colors bleed, and socks are always missing. I don't like people to wash my underwear for me. I like to hand-wash them myself. I do send out my dry cleaning, though.
Describe a day in your life now. I still have a lot of work-related stuff. But I get up; I have my breakfast with my boyfriend [rocker Roy Langdon of Spacehog]. I play on my e-mail with all my girlfriends. I go to the gym. I spend time with my friends. Also, I've been taking piano lessons and singing lessons. I'm not very good yet, but I'm trying. I'd really love to be able to play more than just "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I was learning how to play "God Bless the Child" the other day.
Your dad [Aerosmith's Steven Tyler] is certainly musical. Do you think you inherited those genes? I don't know if that's something that gets passed down genetically. But I definitely was raised around very talented musicians listening to really good music.
What are you listening to these days? I've got Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life in the machine at the moment. I don't really like a lot of new music, but I did like the new Grandaddy CD a lot. I enjoy a band called Mercury Rev, and in a girly way, I love the new No Doubt record.
Have you read anything you liked lately? I just finished Memoirs of a Geisha, and I really loved it. I'm also reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being. And I'm reading a lot of scripts at the moment; I haven't decided what I'll be doing next for work.
If you weren't an actress, what could you imagine being? There are so many things I love. I love music, singing, and taking pictures. And I love to cook. I suppose part of me would love to be a chef. I know that's retarded, but I cook constantly in my spare time. I love to make insane things for people. My boyfriend comes home, and I've actually cooked pies and all sorts of stuff. I love to cook Italian, but I cook everything - whatever I crave.
What New York restaurants do you love? Well, I love so many - fancy and not fancy. I enjoy 6th Street Indian food. I love Raoul's. And my very favorite restaurant in the world is called Hasaki. It's a sushi restaurant on 9th Street. I go at five o'clock. If you go any later, you have to wait for hours. They don't take reservations. I love being able to go to Cipriani's downtown and have bellinis. That's really beautiful. Also, to be able to order in is so amazing. You can't really do that anywhere else in the world. I called Da Silvano the other night, and I asked, "Would you please bring some food over?" And they sent it over in a cab. And I felt like such a brat. I was like: Wow - this is really cool!