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Incredible Hulk star Liv Tyler taking one day at a time after marriage break-up

by Lisa Adams, DailyRecord, June 2008.

She's the star of one of the hottest summer movies - but off camera Liv Tyler is heartbroken.

The 30-year-old actress has even cut her trademark long, dark hair since her marriage to Brit musician Royston Langdon ended weeks ago.

Squaring up to life as a single mum to three-year-old Milo takes true courage. But today, consummate professional Liv looks effortlessly beautiful as she chats about her role as the romantic lead in blockbuster The Incredible Hulk.

In fact, turning her mind to the safe world of work is a welcome relief from weathering the emotional turmoil of a split from the man she hoped was her love for life. It all feels too raw.

Liv says: "I'm taking one day at a time. I have no regrets. I'm just not ready yet to talk about it. I have a beautiful life and a blessed life. The biggest thing I have learned this year is to not make a lot of plans and to be in the moment. It's not perfect. Things happen and we deal with it."

The secret was out after Liv turned up to a party in New York without her wedding ring.

In a statement the couple insisted they they remain good friends and devoted parents.

But reports in the American media suggested Langdon had become a 'leech' on the Lord of the Rings star's assets.

At their wedding at a luxury villa in sun drenched Barbados in March 2003, it seemed that they'd be one of Tinseltown's couples with a genuine chance of staying together.

Leeds born Langdon, 36, the short and scruffy former singer of Spacehog was a low key, ordinary influence for Liv whose colourful, family background sounds like it could be straight out a movie plot.

The daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and 70s supermodel, Bebe Buell, Liv grew up not even knowing who her real dad was.

She thought her dad was musician Todd Rundgren, her mother's boyfriend. It was a huge shock when, aged nine, the truth was revealed after Liv went to an Aerosmith concert and noticed the startling resemblance between her and the rock star.

Today Liv considers both men her dad. Now on screen her new man, the not so jolly green giant of cursed scientist Bruce Banner in The Hulk, played by Edward Norton, proves just as unpredictable.

After an accidental overdose of radiation, Banner finds himself turning into a mutant monster during moments of emotional stress.

Forced to survive in the shadows of society, things get interesting when an equally powerful beast - The Abomination - turns up. Liv stars as Hulk's long term love, Betty Ross.

It is the latest in a long line of romantic lovelorn heroines for Liv, who has coupled up onscreen with the likes of Ben Affleck and Ralph Fiennes. And with her son Milo on location in Canada for the filming of The Incredible Hulk, Liv could always find something to smile about.

She says: "He would hang out with me in my trailer. I just enjoy my time with my son more than anybody in the world. On amovie like The Hulk it was non stop around the clock and very physical. I would be doing an 18-hour night shoot and Milo would just be getting up at seven so I'd stay up with him and have breakfast and hang out with him until 10. Then I'd go to bed but I wouldn't get that much sleep."

Away from the spotlight, another important influence in Milo's life is his grandad Steve.

When the pair hang out together it's a precious chance for rock star to relive his childhood.

Liv says: She says:"My dad is very playful and sings and the plays the harmonica with Milo and he has all over his house all these little gadgets.

Like a pen that says 'Hey!' or things that stick to you and birds chirping - he has all these little things. We went on vacation for Christmas and he did this really sweet thing where he took a big ring with a skull on it and a tooth necklace and he buried them in the yard and took Milo on a little pirate treasure hunt. It was so cute."

Therapy is helping Liv get through the pain of her marriage break up although the one emotion that she struggles with is anger. "I don't get angry very much," she says. "It's the only emotion I am not good at. It's much easier for me to cry or be scared. When I need to get angry, like in a movie, I just get freaked out, I almost black out. Is that weird? I need to get more in touch with anger. I'm tough. I can fight for myself and defend. I'm a tough cookie. When I'm overwhelmed I have to just take a minute to collect myself and take a deep breath. I'm a perfectionist and probably harder on myself then anybody else. So, sometimes it helps just to take a deep breath. Under all that pressure, I just find sometimes that it helps me to close my eyes."

And the rock solid support of life long friends can be as useful as any pricey therapy session.

She's friendly with Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson, whose son Ryder has playdates with Milo. Brit designer Stella McCartney is also a pal and regularly sends Liv outfits.

She's also close to model Helena Christensen and chats about the recipe for a soup with her.

Liv says: "Friendships are very important to me. I was with Helena the other day. I've known Helena a long time and I love her a lot. My favourite thing about her is that she is so good at so many things. She is a great photographer, a fabulous home designer and really amazing mom. And she is always cool. I can be sometimes kind of hyper but she is always chilled. One of my favourite recipes is from Helena, a soup that she does so well. I only have a couple of close friends and they're really more like family to me. I always know how they are, what they're thinking. Even if I don't speak to them for three months - I know them in my heart, you know."

And Livis wise enough to know that surviving the break up means looking after herself.

She eats healthily, packing her diet full of fruit, vegetables and fish.

Working out with her personal trainer five days a week helps boost her physical and mental strength.

But her luminous skin, which helped win her a contract as the face of Givenchy, may be down to good genes. She says: "I guess I have to thank my parents because my mom, my dad and my grandmother have all got the most beautiful skin in the whole world. I have to take really good care of it especially because I travel so much like this week I was in LA for 10 days doing all those awards shows and hair and make-up every day and then I flew home and had to get up to go to this big benefit and I got four hours' sleep and had to come here this morning. I take a lot of vitamins but I'm not good about drinking a lot of water. I wish I was better and I do a lot of like masks and stuff. With all ofmy family I'mlike 'you have to get this cream, it's amazing!' and I get facials."

It doesn't look like Liv's hectic work schedule, which started when she became a model at 14, is set to lessen any time soon.

Major films include Armageddon and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which meant a long stint filming the series in New Zealand.

She had to think seriously about her acting career after the birth of her son Milo, describing her dream of having a child as far more important than any movie ambition.

But for now Liv has to keep juggling motherhood with work. She also stars in The Strangers, a horror movie out this summer.

She shakes her head vigorously when asked if she feels ready yet to date again. "I was with my husband for several years and before that I was with Joaquin Phoenix for three years," she says. "I've never been a big dater. I don't know anything about dating. I have so many beautiful, amazing girlfriends who go on dates all the time and they just don't have any luck. They don't find the right guy and I'm like 'what's going on in the world'?"

But the only new man on Liv's horizon is mean and green.

And that's exactly the way she wants to keep things for now.