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Liv Tyler - firstFeature

FiRST Magazine, December 2002.

Playing the beautiful elf princess Amen, Aragorn's love interest, Liv knows exactly where her character stands within the macho, testosterone-charged milieu of Middle Earth. "They focus more on the simple feelings of [Arwen] being left behind and feeling in love and torn." she says. "This movie's more into that part of the relationship. It doesn't get that deep into it. There are men with swords to be seen! Who wants to hear about love? There are heads to chop off!"

Liv Tyler made an auspicious film debut with the leading role in Silent Fall, directed by Bruce Beresford. After another lead in Empire Records, Tyler portrayed a waitress in a local diner in Heavy, a favorite at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Tyler went on to shine in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, Inventing The Abbotts, Armageddon and Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune. Tyler's other recent work includes Onegin co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Plunkett & Macleane and One Night at McCool's opposite Matt Dillon.

Though her mom was a Playboy centerfold and her dad a rock star, Liv herself is something of an old-fashioned girl. Talking about the experience of watching One Night at McCool's for the first time, she told Elle Magazine, "I was really embarrassed. I mean, imagine if you had to watch yourself sucking Matt Dillon's finger in a room full of two hundred people. You'd have a heart attack!" Indeed.

On her experience participating in a movie phenomenon such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Liv is also refreshingly down-to-earth. "It was really hard, being employed for a year," she says, "but also amazing, because i was getting paid the whole time! Also, at least I went back and forth. A lot of the other actors were in New Zealand the whole time. I'd come back to New York for two months and just be myself, then go back."

Tyler is currently in production on Kevin Smith's next film, Jersey Girl, in which she stars opposite Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.



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