Liv for the moment
by Robin Lynch, New Idea, August 2004
Jersey Girl star Liv Tyler shares her thought's on having a family, her stellar career
and maintaining beauty.
The flawlessly beautiful Lord of
the Rings star is glowing with
happiness over married life
and being pregnant for the
first time. Despite avoiding
the Hollywood scene in favour
of nights in with her husband. British
rock star Royston Langdon, gorgeous
Liv Tyler remains on the acting A list.
In new film Jersey Girl the 27-year-
old stars as the inspiring Maya alongside
Ben AffIeck, in the touching story of a
man who becomes a father, then slowly
learns to live and love again.
Was it fun working with Ben again, after playing his fiancee in Armageddon?
It's amazing. I adore Ben. Of all the actors
l've worked with, I feel particular kind
of comfort when I'm acting with him. We
have a chemistry, even though we don't
know each other that well. I don't hang out with him all the time, but
we have a good way of communicating when we're acting. He's very
generous and patient as an actor, and very gracious.
It's impressive for someone who's such
a big star. He doesn't have to be that way.
Was the scene where you and Ben's
characters talk about sex awkward?
No, because that's my job. I was more
nervous that day because everyone had
already been shooting for a month, and
I came on in the middle of the movie
and had five pages of dialogue straight
up, and I really didn't want to ruin the
film! But I love this character, so it was
really fun getting to say those things.
How did you get into the head of Maya?
I grew up in Portland, Maine, so I know
what's like to grow up in a small town.
And I'm very observant and I'm always
watching everyone. I'm empathetic.
It's just using your imagination. But I
haven't been to New Jersey that much.
So I was completely lying there!
Was it a circus on set because and
Jennifer were engaged at the film?
When I wasn't working I would go home
as it's only two hours away, so I didn't
really spend time with them. I didn't get
to know Jen at all. She was also making
a record, and they'd shot all of their
scenes together by the time I started.
How long did the shower scene take?
All day! And it was really gross,
because we were on this sound stage,
so it was pumped water from a tank or
something, which was all dirty. It was
yukky and not very nice.
Are you excited about starting a family?
I've always wanted to have kids, ever
since I was very young. For some
reason the age in my head was 25.
I used to think I'd be such a grown-up
by then. Family is really important to me.
Ethan Hawke says it's hard to have a
family when your partner's also a star.
I have no idea what it's like to be in
anyone else's relationship and I don't
know what it's like to have kids yet, but
Roy is so patient and cool with me and
what I do. He's really supportive. He's
not bothered by it all. Often he doesn't
come with me to things because he'd
rather do something else. He'd rather
wait and see me when I get home.
Apparently you get a special facial
to look good. What is it exactly?
They use these electric currents,
and it sculpts and lifts. I don't know
how much it does for me at 27,
other than it does take the puff
down. When you fly everything
gets watery and puffy. Susan
Sarandon and Oprah have it too.
You don‘t need plastic surgery.
Are you a woman now?
I actually started feeling that way
this year. I was so 'grown-up' at
a young age. I'd seen the world,
and no one believed I was only
14. So I went through being the
mature young person. It wasn't
until the past year or two that
I went through adolescence!
What's it like being a star?
I grew up around famous
people, so it's not a big
deal. They were just
people to me. But
I still get shocked -
scream your name,
that is strange!
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