Liv Tyler as Arwen
Total Film Magazine, 2002.
Wrapping her tongue around Tolkien's
made-up languages was just the start for
the One Night At McCool's star...
So how is your Elvish these days?
Well, I didn't learn Elvish, like would learn Italian or
something. But I spent a lot of time learning the vowel
sounds. There's a lot of weird sounds I'm not used to making
like 'ch' and 'fech' and all these, you know.... sounds.
Haven't you been winding your friends with it?
There was a piece in the paper, some gossip column, that
they were getting annoyed because I was calling and leaving
Elvish messages on their answering machines. I would like to
say now that I have never, ever in my life left any Elvish on
anybody's answer machine. Ever. [laughs]
As if getting to grips with the language wasn't enough, you were
also working on all three films in the trilogy at once. Was that very hard?
Yeah, that was difficult. It was really hard to get any
kind of perspective or clarity about where we were
going with our characters, because we were all too
tired to go and watch the rushes. And we could be
doing stuff from any of the three films in one day -
it was really all over the place.
You knew you were going to spend more than a year of your life making these films.
What was going through your head, when you first arrived in New Zealand?
When I first got there, I was kind of traumatised
and a bit overwhelmed. The first thing I did was
go on a hour of the Weta workshop, where they
bunt all the prosthetic and the armour and the
creatures. It was really powerful to see all of that.
But then I really started to have nightmares. I lived
on this cliff overlooking the sea in Wellington,
which is kind of windy and the houses aren't really
built to take the weather. The whole house would
shake and I'd have nightmares all the time. It was
the wind, but I'd be dreaming about orcs, dwarves
and all sorts of scary things...
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