Liv Tyler on ridiculous rumours and guilty pleasures
by Claire Sacré, ELLE UK, March 2010. Photos by Rankin. Scans by Lorna.
This month ELLE launches Stylephile: the chance for you to question our cover stars and featured celebrities. This month Liv Tyler answers questions from our subscribers, but we have many great Stylephile interviewees lined up for 2010. So be prepared to pose your question via the email address below. Over to you, Liv.
When did you know you were famous? When my grandmother sent me a clipping of my name in a crossword puzzle.
Most ridiculous rumour you've read about yourself recently? That Zach Braff and I were snuggling and staring romantically into each other's eyes in a wine bar. That made me laugh out loud - it was the first time we'd met, and we were talking about a move he's directing.
Night out of choice? A dive bar complete with jukebox and whiskey mac.
Great night in? Stella McCartney's house in the country. Once our kids are asleep it's 'grab the wine', and talk turns to boys and husbands, and who's shagging who.
What do you look for in a friend? Sincerity, laughter and loyalty.
Trait you most despise in men? Rudeness and lack of manners - but leaving socks on the floor isn't grounds for a break-up.
Most treasured possession in your wardrobe? A Loro Piana camel hat that I bought in London. I wear it almost every day.
Guilty pleasure? Knickers. I go pretty bonkers in Coco de Mer.
The dress that got away? An Ossie Clark empire-line dress I tried on 12 years ago.
Most stylish person you know? Kate Moss. I love playing dress-up with her and her closet.
What are you wearing today? My favourite plaid Isabel Marant all-in-one, fluffy booties from Topshop, a Chloé peacoat and a hat by Stella McCartney for Gap. It's very chilly in Shreveport [Louisiana, where Tyler is filming her new movie, Super]!
How beautiful are you? Right now, not very. I'm fighting a sinus infection and a pimple.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Bright blue eyes and dark circles.
What makes you jealous? Sleeping in.
Best party you've ever been to? My son Milo's fifth birthday party. Jumping on a bouncy castle has got to be the best exercise.
When did you last lose your temper? When two paparazzi jumped out from behind a tree while I was hiking in Griffith Park.
When did you last cry? On the set of Super during a love scene with Rainn Wilson.
Favourite movie character of all time? Brigitte Bardot as Camille Javal in Contempt.
Favourite song lyric? 'Love is like a stove, burns you when it's hot' - by Gram Parsons.
Most memorable gig? Seeing Kiss with my mum when I was three. I remember being really scared of the band's boots.
Heels or flats? Barefoot.
Wisdom or beauty? Can't we have both?
Your story in two words? Very complicated.
What's the best advice you've even been given? Follow your heart and never go quietly.
What do you want to do before you die? Live on a farm with chickens, a vegetable garden, and a John Deere tractor.
Liv Tyler CV Highlights
1977Born in New York to Bebe Buell (former Ford model, singer and Playboy cover star) and Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith). Grows up in Portland, Maine, believing musician Todd Rundgren is her father, discovering the truth at the age of 11.
1989 Moves back to New York.
1991 Starts modelling but her real passion lies in acting.
1994 Makes her film debut in thriller Silent Fall.
1995 Starts dating Joaquin Phoenix, whom she meets on the set of Inventing the Abbotts - they split in 1998.
1996 Stars in Bernardo Bertolucci's critically acclaimed Stealing Beauty.
2001 Takes on the role of Arwen the elf princess in fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings - which shoots her to international stardom.
2003 Marries Royston Langdon of British rock band Spacehog in the Caribbean.
2004 Son Milo born.
2004 Becomes the face of Givenchy.
2008 Stars in The Incredible Hulk opposite Edward Norton.
2008 Announces separation from Langdon and moves to LA.
2009 Starts filming Super - an action comedy about a superhero with good intentions but limited heroic aptitude.