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Liv on the cover of Luz
Today I feel like a strong Woman

Argentinean Luz magazine, June 2008, Photographs by James White, Translation by Carol


At 30 years old, she was encouraged to set aside the roles of a soft and delicate girl to make way for a heroine of a lot of character in the film The Incredible Hulk, which premieres in Argentina next Thursday. Recently separated from musician Royston Langdon, she enjoys raising her son Milo, 3, while her face is broadcast all over the world as the image of various beauty products.

She was a model as a teenager and eventually became an actress, whose most important role Arwen in the The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Liv Tyler was often the naive protagonist of love stories, and her fragile and delicate face fell as ring to the finger to the image of characters sweet and serene to be rescued by Prince Charming. But she now returns with a stronger role in the skin of Betty Ross, the unconditional girlfriend of the conflicted superhero played by Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk: The man is incredible that premieres locally on Thursday. In real life, she is the daughter of the Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, and undoubtedly inherited from him his huge and sensual mouth. But she learned at the age of 9 that he was her father. Her mother, Bebe Buell, a former Playmate 1974, had told her that his dad was another rocker, Todd Rundgren. However, she now has an excellent relationship with both of them. "I love both equally, even if they are different," she says.

In December 2004 she became a mother, when Milo arrived. She had gotten married the previous year with the British singer Royston Langdon of Spacehog, shortly after signing the contract to be the face for Very Irresistible Givenchy. During the two years after birth she did nothing more than devote herself to her baby. Now, at 30 years old, Liv Tyler is accomplished and puts things in perspective, recognizing herself as an adult woman. But unfortunately not everything is rosy in her life: a little over a month her agent acknowledged before the press that she had officially separated from her husband, but still maintained a good friendship. Beyond her sorrows, she looks fresh, with a look that gives a different air (almost unrecognizable), while awaiting the premiere of a work that for her "was a great challenge."

How was working with Edward Norton?
I always wanted to work with him. I am very grateful that he wrote such a wonderful script beautiful and such a beautiful role for me. I was really amazed that I was offered the role that I didn't even read the script, which is not a minor issue because I had never done something like that, without knowing anything about the character. But it far exceeded my expectations when I finally read it. I feel totally grateful to him for giving me so many things to do and not only interpret a Damsel in distress.

Do preferable to the role of a strong woman rather than that of a Damsel in distress?
Obviously I prefer the strong woman! But it's good to know that I am able to interpret the two.

Did you watch The Hulk series were you were a kid?
Yes, with my mom, we were obsessed. We loved to watch the series together.

Do you have any favorite movie monster?
There are many different ... I loved films in black and white as Frankenstein and Nosferatu. I also remember seeing The Fly when I was very little, something that had a great impact on me for some reason I don't know.

Did you grow up watching the classics?
Actually I don't know if I watched so many classics, but films and series more grotesque or exaggerated that I enjoyed watching with my mom. We re-hanged watching Batman and Robin with Adam West (laughs), or Peewee or German. She also let me watch some scary when I was old enough. I liked more dumb comedies, because I was never a film buff, but now I know I'm trying to cultivate myself a little more, giving attention to good films.

Did you have to face many fears for the action scenes in The Incredible Hulk?
No. Because even though I fear many things, I've recently become a more courageous woman. Since I'm not afraid expressing my fears or emotions, these feelings don't dominate me. (But hey?), that doesn't mean I'm Wonder Woman (laughs).

What things you fascinated by Hulk?
I loved the TV series when I was little. I think it had something very human ... He wanted to do good, but I had the misfortune to be a misunderstood hero. An experiment went wrong and he got contaminated with a power that it destroys his life, but also helps improves the lives of other people. That's what fascinates me: his humility. He always ends up sacrificing his own happiness, his needs and dreams for the sake of humanity.

Do you deal with your anger in a more constructive way than Hulk?
I don't get angry often. Maybe I need to take a course to let out my anger because I generally feel sadness or empathy. I was always captivated the psychology of people, so if someone makes me angry I try to understand why they did. It takes a lot for it to get me ...

In your life, what things that you've done are you proud of?
Undoubtedly, gestating a human being inside me (laughter). I feel euphoric with motherhood. Giving birth was the action that for the first time in my life made me feel proud of myself. I acted and I took beautiful pictures all my life ... Now I look at those things and think they're good because I enjoyed it, but having a child or putting together a family are in a much higher emotional level. With this I feel that I got something important: my son is my greatest achievement.

Has your creativity changed significantly since you had your son?
Yes, it changed, but in reality I don't know if because motherhood or because now I'm a woman. I started working when I was a young, I still had a lot of growing up to do. Everything happened very fast. One day I said I wanted to be an actress and suddenly I was not an adult, but an actress (laughs). A lot of things have changed for me since last year when I turned 30 and I know that many of these things have to do with being a mother. Now I'm more aware and discovering myself. For the first time I consciously decide how to work and I don't give in without having anything to say about what's happening, as I did often when I was a girl. I still worked with seriousness and professionalism, auditioning and working hard to get the roles I wanted, but now I feel like everything was a bit improvised. Having separated from this situation for a couple of years did me well. So when I returned I was much more careful.

Why did you decide on acting in your childhood?
Honestly, I have no idea. My story is the ugly duckling. At the age of 11 I moved from Maine to New York. I was chubby, had a perm and used braces (laughs). In one year I grew up and suddenly I was taller than 1.70 m and my hair was straight again. On the other hand, my mom was a friend of Paulina Porizkova and Rick Ocasek, who took pictures of me all the time. One day they asked me for permission to publish one of them, she did and people began to ask: "Who's that girl?" After that I made a note for Interview magazine where I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up and when I replied "actress." I think I was 13. Then I started modeling and going to runway shows after school with my backpack hanging on my shoulder. Then they offered to do auditions, I did and it went well. That was how I started ...

And after all this time, do you like to see yourself onscreen?
No, I really don't. I love to watch the movie, but I am not too excited watching me. I get embarrassed.