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Silent Star

Norwegian [mag], January, 2004, Translated by Aleksandra



The Lord of the Rings trilogy is officially ended. But Liv Tyler (27) has to get use to talk elvish on other peoples request for the rest of her life. [mag] has talked to Liv, and she talked about her childhood, Ben & Jen, and how it was like kissing Viggo Mortensen ...

2003 was a good year for Liv Tyler. On the 25th of March she married her boyfriend Royston Langdon, she played a role in ďJersey GirlĒ directed by Kevin Smith, and finished the year with an amazing premiere for the last movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 2004 is most likely to become a good year too for the rock daughter, but her number one priority is to relax. 5 years after she started to film the Lord of the Rings she is finished with the trilogy and all itís duties. But the question ďcan you say something in elvishĒ is a question she has to live with for the rest of her life ...

How is it to see yourself on screen when itís such a long time since you were on location shooting it?
It was actually quite exciting. The greatest thing about it is to see how the last film makes the story complete. Itís also interesting to watch the scenes you did on blue screen, against a fictive actor has become.

How do you feel the most extreme fans of the Lord of the Rings have been treating you??
Well, I feel like a part of the extreme fans!! When I got to see the Return of the King before anyone of my friends did they became so jealous, and I was so looking forward to it. Itís unbelievable how excited I was about a film since I was a part of. But you know I wasnít there during the whole shooting-period, so thatís perhaps the reason ...

Did you had any thoughts about how huge the trilogy could become, and what effect it could have on people?
I knew everything about the book when we started shooting, it was a popular book; and thatís why people had so high expectations to it. But I had no idea of how great a success the films will becomeÖ Iím proud of what we all have accomplished, and itís more important to me how many people that actually watch the films, than how much money they earns.

Paparazzies ... It had to be quite a shock to go from Lord of the Rings to the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl" where you act against stars like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez?
Well, yes. The best thing about shooting "Jersey Girl" was that it was only 1 Ĺ hour to drive from New York to the sets. So I could actually live in my own apartment in New York. Because I actually had to live in New Zealand since it takes such a long time to travel back home ...

How was it with the paparazzies, I mean you did work with tabloid celebrities?
I didnít live with them, so that I donít know a lot about thatÖ But I guess they were trailed a lot. But the folks in Philadelphia, the place we were shooting the film, was very calm and we felt like we could be ourselves.

"Bennifer" has gotten a lot of attention in the last year. Did you ever have a feeling that the press just bothered because of them, and not because of the movie?
That was not a thing that crossed my mind during filmin ... But I thought about it after we finished, I mean I wondered how they were going to cut it. But the result is great.

How was it to work with Kevin Smith?
Of course it was fun! Heís a very funny guy! And it was very different from the Lord of the Rings. It was a total change.

How was it to actually wear jeans on film again?
It actually felt really strangeÖ I felt naked without the pointy ears, the wig and a huge elvish cloak around me! I tried to explain to the others on the set how it felt, but for some reason they told me to shut up ...

We have heard that you had to speak a lot of elvish on set??
Yes, Kevin was obsessed about it! Every day he begged me to talk some elvish, and if some new people arrived on set I had to talk elvish to them too.

What did you then say?
I canít really speak elvish so I said some of my lines ...

Livís story
The story of Livís childhood is known, but to make a long story short: She was born on the 1st of July 1977 in Portland, Maine. She got her name ďLivĒ after her model mom saw a picture of Norwegian Liv Ullmann on the cover of the TV-guide the week Liv was born. Her last name Tyler was brought up some years laterÖ For 10 years Liv thought that her father was Todd Rundgren, who was her father during her childhood. But when she met Aerosmithís lead singer Steven Tyler she became suspicious. After she met Stevenís daughter Mia, who looked like her twin sister, she confronted her mother, and she confessed. Two years after she met her biological father she changed her name to Tyler. Not long after that she moved with her mother to New York, and there Liv started to blossom. During her childhood in Portland she was according to her self: chubby and an outsider. But in New York she was accepted as a beautiful daughter of rock. She started to work as a model, but she thought that it was to boring. Liv wanted to pursue an acting carrier. In 1994 she got her first chance in ďSilent FallĒ. And despite that this one and her next two films (Heavy and Empire Records) never became very popular, they defiantly opened doors for Liv, her big break true: ďStealing BeautyĒ. Bertolucciís film was noticed in the film world and Liv was now considered as an attractive actress.

Music is in her genes
Concerning her personal life she has been very open about her family connections to her mom, dad and her siblings. But she hasnít been open about her boyfriends. One of her first boyfriends Joaquin Phoenix she met during the filming of ďInventing the AbbottsĒ. Their relationship lasted for two years. After that she met the lead singer in Spacehog, Royston Langdon, and in 2003 the couple married. But thatís all Liv wants to tell ...

Do you read all the stuff that is written about you, or do you avoid it?
If I pump in to something then of course Iíll read it! But all in all I have no clue what people write about me, whether itís about me as an actress or a person. But of course I get sad when I read something that is a lie ...

Sandra Bullock has said that: "I donít believe anything I read about my famous friends, if they donít tell me in person!" do you feel the same way?
I donít think about those things very often, so I have to say that I donít feel any special way. But I can actually understand that journalists can misunderstand a quote, I mean the journalists canít think the way the person that gets interview does either ...

What kind of music have you been listening to lately?
I always listen to the same things: The Rolling Stones, T-rex, and the Kinks, Kings of LeonÖ Iím a period girl when it comes to music, but this is the period I usually comes back toÖ Anyway I donít like to listen just to one song, Iím an album girl!! Thatís probably why I avoid radio ...

The good old rockíníroll guys are popular these days ...
Defiantly, just look at Ozzy Osbourne. After such a long career ...

What do you think caused this?
Well, I think itís a lot about the genes, I donít know a lot about the rest of the worldís opinions, but I grew up with that kind of music ...

Change of subject ... a thing that many girls are wondering about: How was it to kiss Viggo Mortensen?
You know what? I have never actually felt his lips against mine, because the beard was so big and stiff. He was too manly to kiss ...

How have you handled the transition from a teenage star to a well-established actress in such a good way? It seems like you manage to live a perfectly normal life!
Well my family knows how to handle it so Iíve learned a lot from themÖ I have grown up and Iíve always felt love from the people around me, and that has been quite important. And by the way Iíve never desired to become famous. I like to work hard and I love what Iím doing, but luckily itís not important for me to be better than everybody else ...

Could you have joined your father to make a reality show?
In that case Iíd had to move to him and that would have been a bizarre situation to be in since Iím 27 ... and married!!

Do you have a dream role youíd like to play?
I would love to be in a musical, on screen. Honestly I think that has been my dream since I was a little girl ...

With Livís genes we suspect that sheís going to have her dream fulfilled before she know it ...