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Addicted to Horror

by Ulrich Lossl, Germen GQ, Nobember 2008, Translation by Jacqueline

Her role in Lord of the Rings trilogy made Liv Tyler an international star. Now she is back with a horror shocker. The Hollywood beauty in the interview.

After the huge success from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Liv Tyler moved back into her private life: She married and had a baby. In May 2008, the 31 year old actress got divorced and is now trying for The Incredible Hulk - with her second feature film, the horror-thriller The Strangers, a comeback.

GQ.com: We hear you have a big soft spot for horror movies. For a woman that's pretty unusual.
Liv: I know that mostly boys drive off on horror movies and slasher films, and we girls allegedly only like romantic comedies or death-sad melodramatic's where we cry our eyes out. But I must say that I'm addicted to horror films. They just have to be really good. My "all time" favorites include: The Shining, Rosemary's Baby and Return of the Undead.

GQ.com: Your new movie The Strangers was inspired by the horrific Manson murders...
Liv: ...But pure fiction remains. I would never star in a film with such terrible murders, such as Sharon Tate and her baby, gutting voyeuristic. The Strangers - this is fantasy, escapism, popcorn-movie fun. And is there anything more beautiful than to shudder at the cinema a bit?

GQ.com: In 2008 you're displayed in two feature films. Have you decided to take care of everything in your career?
Liv: I never completely lost sight of acting, but after the birth of my son Milo I had completely different priorities set. For me family's always first.

GQ.com: You're divorcing in May after five years of marriage to the rock musician Royston Langdon.
Liv: I've made this decision but it's not really easy. Roy and I have agreed not to state the end of our marriage to the public. And - thank God - we have separated in all friendliness, which is certainly what's best for our son. Life goes on.

GQ.com: You are one of the few Hollywood stars he thinks the highest terms of you.
Liv: (Laughs) But that's nice of him. Yes, it's true, we have all the time - after all, it's over ten years ago now that we were a couple - still kept good contact. And I've actually made some good friends in show business, like Jennifer Connelly, Kate Hudson and Helena Christensen.

GQ.com: Is there any jealousy or envy among friends?
Liv: That's kids stuff! On the contrary: we help each other where we can. Especially if you have kids, a true friend is invaluable. And we just love to spend time together shopping, going to the Italian restaurant around the corner, and cook for each other. We do just what ordinary women around the world do.

GQ.com: The point is that all of you aren't ordinary women.
Liv: What?

GQ.com: A supermodel? Two Hollywood stars? At the Italian restaurant around the corner you meet other people, otherwise...
Liv: What I mean is that you shouldn't read into the so-called stars so much. When they're not on screen, down to make music on stage or walk down the catwalk, they are - yes! - Normal people.

GQ.com: Is it true that as a young girl you had a poster of your father, Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith singer, on the wall?
Liv: Yes, that's right. But at the time I did not know that he was my father. It has surprised me but somehow, he knew my mother and he always gave stuffed animals when he came to visit us, but I was nine years old until I was finally told that he was my biological father.

GQ.com: Whom did you know at the time to be your father?
Liv: Todd Rundgren. He was with my mother a long time and had raised me with her. My passport still says Liv Rundgren. I decided just a few years ago to accept Tyler as my surname.

GQ.com: Completely among us: You like who's music better - Aerosmith's or those of Todd Rundgren?
Liv: To be honest: I'm a big fan of punk rock. The Ramones are still my favorite band.

GQ.com: Was that possibly the reason for separation? Your ex-husband plays, at least, bass in the rock band Spacehogs.
Liv: (Laughs) Of course not. I also like Spacehog. I have a fairly broad taste in music - from Eartha Kitt and Elvis Costello to David Bowie.

GQ.com: This question is obvious: Why hadn't you become a musician?
Liv: I had no great ambitions in any direction as a teenager, to be honest. I got my drive later. And as a young girl, I was not attractive at all. I was very awkward and even a little too chubby.

GQ.com: You started modeling at 14 - how does it together, then?
Liv: Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure I got into modeling just to compensate for my inferiority complex. Behind a thick layer of make-up I had somehow felt safe. Eventually, I found it totally ridiculous but I always went after school for fashion shoots.

GQ.com: For Italian Vogue can do that before.
Liv: It was a great exception. But I was mostly seen in youth magazines like Seventeen. After some time I had no desire to be the presenter of the generation.

GQ.com: And you just decided to become an actress?
Liv: Yes, actually I was so naive. I imagined times before that I go to the future on the side of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars or haunt a new Jamie Lee Curtis in Horror films. (Laughs) And so now the latter has even worked!