by Stephanie Trong, Jane, April 2001
Liv shows up 20 minutes early. I buzz her in, wondering if she's
going to be accosted outside my building, which is on a crazy-
busy New York City street right off the Holland Tunnel.
I go out to wait for her on the landing and there, making her way up the two flights of stairs, is probably the most famous houseguest I'll ever have. Once at the top, she reaches out her hand and says, "Hi, I'm Liv."
I look at her pouty lips, flushed cheeks, alabaster skin and suprt-shiny dark-brown hair - the trademark features that along with her breathtakingly honest performances, first got her noticed in films like Heavy and Stealing Beauty - and think, "Whoa, you certainly are."
We go into the living room, and Liv sweetly apologizes for being early, but she got out of her voice lesson sooner than expected and didn't want to wander around in the cold.
"I just have so much musical energy", she says, with bubbly
excitement, "It's very funny and kinda Waiting for Guffman
right now. I'm also taking piano lessons - my left hand is a
bit retarded, so I'm trying to do scales and simple songs. I
get so jealous because my boyfriend is the most talented
musician. He plays the piano for me, and it's so beautiful -
I get so jealous because I wanna be able to do it, too."
The boyfriend she's talking about is 28-year-old Royston Langdon, bassist and singer for the English glamrock group Spacehog. Liv calls him "Roydie." She's crashing with him in his Manhattan apartment (or "invading his colset" as she puts it) while house hunting for a new pad of her own. The couple first met about five years ago through a mutual friend, but didn't get together until two-and-a-half year ago.
"My relationship with him is so precious. It's the most beautiful thing I have in my life", she says. Her dreamy-eyed gaze falls on my dried-up Christmas tree, still in the living room even though it's almost February. "I'm impressed that you still have your tree", she says. "We took ours down, it was so depressing."
"She's very forthright and says what's on her mind, so I've never
been shy. Even when I was really physically uncomfortable because
I was chubby and taller than everybody. with braced and perm, I
was always really confident for some reason. I remember being 12
and almost as tall as I am now, with a size-10 shoe, and instead
of feeling insecure and strange about that, I was outgoing."
"Do you plan to have kids of your own someday?" I ask.
"Yeah, my God. I've always wanted to have a family. If there's something that drived me every day more the anything, it's wanting to have a family. The relationships that I do have now, I work as hard as I can to be there for those people who are important to me. But it's difficuly, especially when I'm traveling so much. But I've discovered e-mail, and I love my space biscuit more than anything in the world."