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Liv Tyler - So Very Cool

Complete Woman, June 2001.

Liv Tyler is many things. She's the daughter of a famous lock star. She's a format model. She's the 'Crazy' girl in the Aerosmith videos. She's the daughter of Bruce Willis in Armageddon and she's the wild woman in One Night At McCool's. Regardless of the picture in your mind, this 23-yeor-old star is here to stay.

Little Liv

The story of Liv Tyler's family is almost as well-known as Liv herself. Her mother, Bebe Buell, was a famous rock groupie who also sang in a band harself. During a brief split from rocker boyfriend Todd Rundgren, she had a short-lived ling with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, which resulted in little Liv. Knowing that Tyler wouldn't make the perfect dad with his rock'n'roll lifestyle, Buell, Tyler and Rundgren decided that Liv would grow up with Rundgren as her father figure.

Smart little Liv, though, had a few instincts of her own. In her diary, she wrote, "I don't know why, but I feel like Steven is my daddy." A few years later, when Liv was around 10, Tyler invited Buell and Liv to an Aerosrnith concert. "Liv said to me. "Mommy, that's my father, isn't it?" " recalls Buell. From that point on, Tyler became part of his daughter's life.

"We do things in exactly the same way. When we're together we just have so much fun" says Liv about her natural lather. "He'll mix these health drinks in his kitchen and we'll take them up to his dressing room. We both wear the same size clothes and we'll Just stay up there trying on clothes for hours. And we're both obsessed about our complexions and have 8.000 different potions and lotions and things in our bathrooms."

Big Liv

Pushing aside her lather's fame, Liv began carving out a name for herself, first with a modeling career at age 14. A family friend, famous model Paulina Porizlrova, took a few photographs of Liv and launched her modeling days, which included a cover on Italian Vogue and several teen magazines. "It was really a great thing." shares Liv. "I was traveling and making money, and I just felt very lucky. But then it became more of a job than I wanted it to be. It became tedious." It was at that point, at age 16, that she decided to switch fields and take up acting.

In her first film, Silent Fall, Liv played an emotionally disturbed teen who kills her parents. She went on to do a few more films, but it wasn't until her role in Stealing Beauty that people began to take notice. "It was such a growing experience." says Liv of the movie.

Since then, Liv has been lighting up the big screen in all sorts oi roles, from That Thing You Do to Armageddon to One Night At MoCool's. "I think the point of getting into a character is to separate yourself from yourself as much as you can." says the star. "It's sort of like an out-of-body experience."

Long live Liv

With her career moving along at a steady pace, Liv makes sure that her personal life is right in tune. "I find every day an unbelievable journey," she reveals. "I'm such a weird person because I find myself in moments with this huge grin that won't go away, and I'm like, 'I am so happy!'"

The star attributes her zest for life in part to both of her parents. "(My father) is always so excited about lite and so happy," she shares, "I'm like that, too; even when I'm depressed I'm just thankful to be alive. I remember my mother telling me when I was little to always appreciate things. We were never that religious, but I remember that as being my religion."

Right in keeping with her light-hearted look on life,. Liv admits she stilt maintains a childhood habit. "I wish all the time about things. I wish on loose eyelashes, I wish on 'Star light, star bright'... things like that," she confides. "I'm definitely a wisher, although you have to be careful what you wish for."

At team one wish may have come true-the wish for love. In February, Liv became engaged to musician Royston Langdon. "I suppose (love) is the feeling at having a complete, unbelievable kinship of me soul," says the star about her love philosophy. "That is the most incredible sensation in the world. I don't even know how to describe it."

Liv's love

Earlier this year, Liv announced her engagement to super-sweetie Royston Langdon of the band Spacehogs. Maybe it was fate. "Because of my dad, everybody thinks I grew up in this any rock'n'roll world," says Liv. "But I didn't even meet him for the first time until I was eight - and I didn't know then that he was my dad. I grow up in Portland, Maine, until I was ten or eleven. I really had a pretty normal childhood."



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