by G-Star Raw Magazine, Spring/Summer 2010. Photos by Anton Corbijn
G-Star's spring/summer 2010 advertising campaign features acclaimed actress and model Liv Tyler, and is shot by celebrated photographer and film director Anton Corbijn. Liv Tyler is an internationally famous model and actress, best known for her iconic portrayal of the ethereal and beautiful elf-princess Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her striking looks and assured, independent style perfectly embodies the RAW elegance of the modern G-Star woman - tough and controlled, yet not afraid to be sensual.
You are at a wonderful point in your career where you can pick and choose your projects - what drew you to working with Anton Corbijn on the G-Star campaign? I think Anton Corbijn is a genius. He's a very interesting man and an amazing filmmaker and photographer. I worked with him many years ago doing a photoshoot for Stern magazine in Berlin, and I loved it. Anton let me play different characters, and it was so fun for me to do something different and interesting. I love the images he captures, you can see so much life in the eyes of the people he photographs. He doesn't turn them into something perfect or something that they are not, he really captures their natural essence. I was very interested and curious about G-Star because I love all the things they are doing. It is so original and you can tell they really love what they are doing. It is brave and very raw, and it has been such a fun collaboration so far.
You're often photographed at fashion shows. Does fashion play a big role in your life? I love fashion and I enjoy it so much. It is a wonderful way of expressing how you are feeling at any given moment. Fashion is playful and enjoyable for me, and watching fashion shows is like going to the theatre. When I am dressed in G-Star I feel a little bit tougher with a slightly masculine edge, which is so fun because I am usually so feminine!
You've said in the past that you know exactly what you like to wear and you don't really like working with stylists - how would you define your own personal style? Now that I am a mom, I must admit that times have changed. I often rely on the help of stylist friends now. I don't have time to be out shopping for the perfect pieces all the time, so I ask for help. I usually have an idea in mind, maybe from a cool photo from the past or a magazine I've been reading, and I'll say, "Can we find something like this"? And they'll help me hunt for it. Then we'll do a fitting and try many things on until we come up with what works best. My style is ever-changing, but at heart I would say less is more for me. I like simple things, simple but strong.
What are your favourite parts of your wardrobe, and what pieces are you especially looking to add to it this year? At the moment I'm in Shreveport, Louisiana, shooting a film called Super. It's very cold here so I have been living in long underwear, Ugg boots and puffer jackets. But if I wasn't in the middle of a field tonight, if I was going out in New York city, I would want to wear a designer dress by Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano or Stella McCartney.
Music has been always been a big part of your life, so what are you listening to now? Are there any new bands we should know about? I'm crazy about music. It is such an important part of my everyday life, it helps me to dream. Tonight in my trailer I'm listening to a lot of classics: "That Feel" by Tom Waits and Keith Richards, "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths, "Canadian Girl" by The Walkmen, "Dear Someone" by Gillian Welch, "Moi Je Joue" by Brigitte Bardot and "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ike and Tina Turner. In terms of new music, I really like "Down By The Water" by The Drums and "4 Chords Of The Apocalypse" by Julian Casablancas.
What was it like starring with Alicia Silverstone in the video for "Crazy" by your father's band Aerosmith? Wow that was a long time ago! I had so much fun doing that video, it was like a little film. I was only 16 at the time and still in high school, and I loved being with Alicia and getting to play naughty schoolgirls.
You covered Leonard Cohen's song "That's No Way To Say Goodbye" recently, working with Evan Dando from the Lemonheads. Can you tell us how that came about? Evan and I have been friends for many years. My mom introduced us when I was 16 and we did a film together called Heavy. I'm a big fan of Evan's music. He can play any song on the guitar, and one of my favourite things is to sit with him and sing all our favourite songs - lots of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons. Evan asked me if I would sing a duet of "That's No Way To Say Goodbye" and I was so excited, it's one of my all-time favourite songs and I love Leonard Cohen. We recorded it in a friend's living room where Joey Ramone used to record lots of his lyrics. We had a little sip of whisky and just went for it. We only sang it a few times, almost at a whisper, and that was that. It was very simple and not highly produced, just captured.
Your mom [Bebe Buell] recently released her first album in 10 years, and music obviously runs deep in your family. Is singing something you'd like to do more of? My mom was always in bands when I was growing up in Portland, Maine, and I was very excited that I used to get to go to her gigs. On the weekends she would rehearse in friends' basements and garages while I would watch. It was really fun for me, I can still remember it now. My mom and I used to sing together a lot growing up, we would sing Iggy Pop, Led Zeppelin and Blondie. She introduced me to so much cool music as a kid, and I'm so grateful to her for that. I always dreamed of being a singer as a child because all my parents were singers, my mom, my dad and my stepfather [Todd Rundgren]. But I started modelling at 13 and then acting at 16, and I was bitten by the acting bug. I would love to make a musical one day, I dream of it.
You've recently started shooting your new movie Super - can you tell us a little bit about it? Super is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon and myself. Rainn plays a man who is devastated after his wife (played by me) leaves him for a drug dealer, and decides to become his own superhero called The Crimson Bolt, and Ellen plays his sidekick. He goes out into the city to fight crime and win his wife back. It's dark but touching and hysterical. We're having a lot of fun making it. I don't have a formula for how I choose the projects I'm going to do, I just read everything and go with my heart. With Super I read the script and loved it, and wanted to do it right away.
Is there a role you feel you'd like to explore that you haven't yet? There are so many parts I would love to play. I really enjoy seeing what comes into my life naturally. I really love acting, I love the whole experience of shooting movies. I took the past couple of years off to spend time with my son, so it feels really good to be back at work. I've enjoyed all the films I've worked on since I was a kid, but I'm really enjoying acting now that I am a woman. There is such an incredible variety of parts to play and such a well of emotion to give to those parts from the things I have experienced in my life.