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Liv for Love

UK Love Magazine, #4 issue, August 23rd 2010. Photos by Willy Vanderperre, Scans by Rianon

Unearthly beauty and mythological actress Liv Tyler talks about the women who inspire her

So Liv, this issue of LOVE is all about the women we love. Who were the actresses you loved when you were growing up, and did they influence your decision to go into acting yourself?
There are many women and performances that inspired me at a young age—certain moments that really stopped me in my tracks and made me feel some thing real. Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence. Brigitte Bardot in Contempt. Laura Dern in Wild at Heart. Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve. Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shirley MacLaine in Sweet Charity. Jeanne Moreau in Jules and Jim. Ali MacGraw in Love Story. Cher in Mask. But I'm not the kind of person to idolise any one in particular, really. My mother used to always tell me when I was a little girl that I would be an actress. This must have been based on my love of dressing up, singing, playfulness and a constant curiosity. I feel like acting sort of found me. That may sound hokey, but it's true. When I was around 13 or 14 I was living in NYC as a model and schoolgirl I was asked to go on a couple auditions for movies—I fell in love with acting, and I've just never stopped.

And are there any women who inspire your sense of style now?
Oh yeah, so many! Real women who are comfortable with who they are—authentic, but a little rough around the edges. As far as images of women whose style has influenced me over the years: Jeanne Moreau in Jules and Jim and Brigitte Bardot again, Kate Moss, Lauren Hutton, pin-ups from the Thirties, Lucie de la Falaise, Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, Debbie Harry, and bikers from the Fifties—male as well as female.

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