The romance between Arwen and Aragorn is
rather far more developed in the film than it
is in the books, where it was actually addressed
more in poem in an appendix than in
the main text. What intrigued you most
about their relationship?
I think it's a really lovely part of the book, but I
felt when I read the book that I wanted to know more
about it because it is important to Aragorn, who is a
very important key element of the book. The appendix
in the back of the book is so beautiful to me. I
cried the first time I read it. I just wept. It reminded
me of Romeo and Juliet or something in that classic
romantic sense, in the passion and the power of this
love these two people have. When I was offered the
part Peter Jackson said, 'I know this is going to seem
strange because we're still working on this and
developing this, but I really want you to do this. You
are Arwen in my mind.' I had to go over to New
Zealand knowing that we weren't exactly sure yet
what was going to happen and how to make it all
come to life. Over time we developed it more and
more and we really drew from the appendix. We'd
write a whole scene around a specific line of dialogue.
For me it was hard. Everybody else had really
in-depth stories and parts to go by and I didn’t have
as much to go by and feel close to and comforted by.
Amen is willing to give up hot immortality to
be with the mortal Aragorn. Would you go
that far for love?
One of the things that I was very drawn to in this
story was the idea of this love and how powerful it
was and how strongly these two people felt about
each other. They felt strongly enough to do anything
they could to be together and to support each other.
She believes in this man so much that she's willing to
give up, not her full existence, but what she has to in
order to continue to be with him and to experience
time with him. I think that's really beautiful. She's
not letting go of who she is as a person. She‘s moving
onto something new. She's already been alive for
2000 years. I just always felt that she'd rather spend
a few short years, hopefully, with this man, even
though she knows the outcome will be painful, than
eternity without ever having felt that.
Was it tough tor you, career-wise and
personally, to be away from Hollywood for
so long while you were making the film?
Not so much for my career. Initially, it was a
personal thing. I was worried about being away, not
about my relationship [with fiancé Royston Langdon,
singer/guitarist for the group Spacehog],
about me being miserable because I was away too
much. I got very homesick all the time. As time went
on, over the year and a half, I did begin to get
frustrated that I couldn't do anything else. I went
back and forth a lot [between Los Angeles and New
Zealand]. Sometimes I'd be home for two months, but
I couldn't work on another film because I was waiting
for the call that I'd have to go back to New Zealand.
In all honesty, that was hard for me to take on. But I
realized how lucky I am to be an actor at all, which is
what I love doing, and to be employed for a year and a
half. Afterwards, I just needed a break, and that's
why I haven't worked for a year. So now I'm just
trying to enjoy the experience all of the hard work,
the misery and excitement coming to life.