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!"
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