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About the pros/cons of being the daughter of a music celebrity.
"Half my directors have no idea about my family situation. [Stealing Beauty director] Bernardo [Bertolucci] had no idea who Aerosmith was. People always want to take away from the work that you did, like they want to think it was easy, somehow. I got those parts because I worked hard to get them."

Talking about life.
"Oh, my God, this amazing cool breeze is coming through my window and the sun is shining. I'm happy."

Talking about Lord Of The Rings.
"It was a very good experience. It wasnt just to make a movie, it was my life. I was employed at The Lord of the Rings for a year and a half."

Talking about shooting all the three movies at the same time.
"I think,it was a smart idea to shoot it all at once, because the characters will be much more complete and convincing. We were living as those characters for a year and a half."

About her thoughts of the movie Lord Of The Rings.
"It's very funny, and we really laughed a lot while we were making it and I could always tell how happy the director was by how hard he laughed behind the monitor (laughs)."

About special effects in One Night At McCool's.
"They've used a lot of old Hollywood tricks actually. Like you know, they put actual pantyhose over the lens and they put a beam of light across your eyes, like the classic type of noire lighting and stuff, so that was very fun."

What she thinks of Jewel.
"I loved the idea that you never see her from her point of view and you only see her from these three men's different point of view and it's all about projection. They are projecting onto her what they want her to be and she's filling that place for them and in turn filling something that they are missing in their lives. That's making them feel somehow."

About the way she chooses her roles.
"I have great patience and Iím willing to wait until that [special] thing comes along. For me, itís all about the director. Itís not about it being a vehicle for me, or some big part or the movie has to be a hit. Itís not about that kind of stuff. Sometimes Iíll find a story I really like or a script I really like and the director might not be attached yet or maybe I wonít think the directorís really right, and so I wonít do it. I am a slave to the director in a lot of senses. A lot of it is me, Iím the one embodying the character, but I want to be able to trust and be guided by genius, nothing less than that."

About Peter Jackson.
"He always wears shorts! It could be snowing in New Zealand and he wears shorts all day long. Itís hard to talk about it in a short amount of time because it was a year and a half, a long experience. But Peter was really sweet and really smart."

About how she feels life.
"Life excites me. I'm not talking about appearing in movies or doing interviews, but just little, normal, everyday things. Getting out of bed. Getting dressed. Making food. I find it all exciting, you know ?"

About how much she loves her father.
"I love my dad, although I'm definitely critical of him sometimes, like when his pants are too tight. ... But I love him so much and I try to be really supportive of him."

About living a normal life.
"I don't live a very posh life. There are no drivers waiting or people doing everything for me. I pretty much live like a normal person. . . . It's not good to have a life without responsibilities, you know ?."

About the famous "car wash" scene from One Night At McCool's
"It was so embarrassing," Tyler said. "Everytime I see it, I blush. Imagine if you saw yourselves like that. It's one thing to get dressed up and do the movie star thing, but I mean, it's my job to be outside of that and it's not like I'm on the outside when they're all watching me."

About acting.
"It's terrifying. It's so scary, because you get used to being around the crew and being friendly with everyone and then suddenly, at a certain point, everything switches and you're the one standing behind the lights and nobody's going to help you. And that can be really difficult sometimes."

About Elvish language.
"It's an amazing thing, really," she gushes, "It's a legitimate language. There are only a certain amount of people in the world who can speak it, like Oxford professors and what not. It's such a beautiful language too, it's really brilliant."

About she being taller than her boyfriend Royston.
"He's a couple of inches shorter than me, but when I take my shoes off everything is fine."

About the Academy Awards.
"I just think it's really funny and entertaining. I mean, I don't necessarily take them really seriously - I don't even think a lot of really good films get seen. But I don't think that's what it's about."I mean, how amazing was Ellen Burstyn in Requiem For A Dream ? Especially as she was acting with herself most of the time. I don't understand how a performance like that can't win. I was so affected by that movie that I had to turn it off. I felt as if I was on drugs and my heart was about to leap out of my body."

About how she dediced the actors of One Night At McCool's
"I didn't want to be acting against somebody I didn't like, especially in Matt's part, but he was interested immediately, and that worked out fine," she says, suppressing a giggle. "I had a list, and I crossed names off. It was kind of fun."

About the comparison to Liz Taylor
"It's cool to be compared to her, but honestly who gives a damn"

About her fans
"I am amazed I have any fans at all!!! It makes me feel so good to know that I do. It makes me feel really good inside to know that there are some people out there who seem to understand me in some ways even though they don't know me in the flesh."

About the similarity between her and her movie-characters
"I guess there is a bit of me in all my characters. But I really love to be someone else when I'm acting. I like to try and forget about myself and try to understand how the character thinks. Every film is different and the way I approach each character depends on the film. Like in The Lord of the Rings, that is a character that is so different from myself. I have to work really hard to be Arwen. Whenever Liv starts to creep into Arwen it doesnít work at all. But in a film like Jersey Girl, I can let parts of myself out because I am playing a young woman not too different from myself. It is hard for me to explain in words as it is more of a feeling for me. When I am thinking of the character I can just feel how they are, how they think, walk, talk and behave."

About working with Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck on Jersey Girl
"I had a great time working with Kevin and Ben. I really like acting with Ben. He is a very generous actor and is always very present in the scenes. I feel free to try anything with him and that is not something I feel all the time with actors. I think we work well together. Kevin is hysterical! He is always making me laugh and is such a great writer. He writes really well-rounded female characters. My character is smart, funny, brave and kind. I really enjoyed playing the part because she had so many great qualities. Many times female parts are lacking in depth but I feel Kevin really likes women, is interested in them, and knows how to write them well."

About working with Bernardo Bertolucci on Stealing Beauty
"Working with Bernardo was, and still is, one of the greatest highlights of my whole life. It was such an incredible opportunity for me as an actress at such a young age and also as a person. I went to Italy to film one day after graduating from high school, and I also turned 18 while I was there, so it was a very special and important time in my life. I still, to this day, feel so incredibly lucky to have had the chance to work on that film and with Bernardo. He is an incredible director and I dream of working with again"

About New York
"I guess what I like most about NY is that it feels like home to me. I was born here in 1977 and have lived here, on and off, my whole life. I feel very connected to NY. I love how much it has to offer, though it still feels small and cozy. There are so many amazing things to see here: incredible art, just about every film, amazing music, all kinds of interesting people. I like to ride my bike on the Hudson River . I like that I can walk my dog around two blocks and he meets about 20 other dogs to play with. I like that I can get a turkey sandwich at 4 in the morning if I want to. A beautiful night out in NYC can be any night because anything can happen. It is spontaneous and surprises you all the time."

About the impact of Lord Of The Rings
"I was staying with some friends in England, and it was New Year's. My husband, Roy, and I were sleeping, and I woke to the sound of our friend's two little boys. They were going around the bedrooms opening the doors and looking in. When they got to our door, one little boy went to open it and the other said, 'No! Donít open that door. The princess is sleeping in there.' It made my heart leap out of my chest. I think that was the first time I really realized the impact these films had on people."

Answering to the question: "Do you want to become the centuryís star ?"
"What I want, itís to go back home and go to bed"

About Internet and computer stuffs
"But I've discovered e-mail, and I love my space biscuit more than anything in the world." Wait, space biscuit? what's that? "Oh, I don't know", she says. She cuts out a little imaginary square in the air with her hands. "I just call it that 'cause it looks like a cookie - it's orange and white." Oh! you have a Macintosh iBook. "Yeah."

Answering to the question: "Do Hollywood-Moms not always claim to regain their former shape without any help?"
"Yes, I've heard that as well. Because they're breastfeeding and running around their babies,or?
Maybe I'm not enough Hollywood. Believe me: My return to my perfect weight was exhausting, boring and very, very expensive!"

About being a parent
"My favorite thing about being a parent is that I learn so much from the push-and-pull dynamic of mother and child. Having children, I learned about my own strength."

dad - Steven Tyler
"She's a little miracle, In four years she's gone from a little kid with baby fat to this beautiful, exotic flower"

mom - Bebe Buell
"She is my proudest life achievement: She and I have always been great friends, and I simply adore her. I'm her biggest fan"

dad - Steven Tyler
"Liv is possibly the biggest reason for me changing the way I lived. She is a dream daughter. When she was very young I wasn't sure whether I was the father but, by the time she was eight, I knew for sure. I saw my features in hers and I cried. I started seeing her a lot and I think her mother had alluded to the fact I was her dad. I just said to her, 'Liv, there's something I want to tell you. I'm your Daddy.' It was one of the most emotional moments of my life and I just stood there crying like a baby while she shouted, 'I knew it, I knew it.' I love her more than anything and have a great relationship with her. We can talk about anything."

dad - Steven Tyler
"In a way I am glad I didn't tell her before then, because I wasn't dad material while I was doing all the drugs. I'm so happy now Liv and I have a great relationship but I kick myself in the ass every day for not being there for her when she was a baby."

Tom Hanks
"Liv Tyler kind of stuns you when she walks through the door, before she's ever said a word"

Ralph Fiennes
"She is an instinctive, natural actor. She said it herself: She needs to feel an emotional recognition in the moment. Research doesn't solve the problem of an actor's commitment to the moment. She has it. She is wonderful"

Ralph Fiennes
"We tested lots of actresses, but Liv has an acute sense of emotional truth that's not performed or projected, but just is."

Robert Altman
"I was in Italy at some kind of awards, and Bertolucci was doing Stealing Beauty at the time. And he said, 'You've got to see this girl, she's unbelievable.' She has such beautiful skin, I see them put makeup on her and I'm going, 'Why ?'"

James Magnold, Heavy director
"Liv had never done a film when I first met her, but she had just auditioned for the casting director of Luc Besson's The Professional who was also casting Heavy. He sent her over to my place, and I was just like 'Wow, I've just seen a movie star. A movie star just visited my house; she's sixteen years old and I know she's going to be a movie star!' And it wasn't just beauty. You could see the gears spinning in her head as she sat in pauses between moments and I knew very much that that was how the engine of the movie was going to work - finding actors who were comfortable with the moments between the lines. Most of us feel awkward in the moments we're not speaking; we use speech as a defense - Which is probably why I don't shut up in these interviews (laughs) - but Liv was so comfortable in those unspoken moments, and so was Pruitt. They were people most comfortable just being, and speaking was secondary to them."

ex-boyfriend Joaquin Phoenix
"What can I say ? We hit it off immediately. She's a darling. I've said it over and over again. She's just very real, right there, never like a movie star. She's so genuine, and she doesn't take herself too seriously. It shows in the work she does that her honesty stands out most."

ex-boyfriend Joaquin Phoenix
"I was in awe. Every once in a while you find an actor that, with one word, can sum up eight different emotions. She absolutely nailed that."

ex-boyfriend Joaquin Phoenix
"I`m a great believer in people coming into your life, and you into theirs, for a reason. And i know that when Liv and I met, it was for a reason - I really needed her and she really needed me. And at a certain point, I think we stopped evolving with each other, stopped progressing, and made a very mature decision to move on, even though there was still a great love there. There`s no one gossipy thing that I can share. I`m thankful that we had the time we had."

Martha Fiennes, Onegin director
"The casting of the young heroine, Tatyana, came down to either Kate Winslet or Liv Tyler. "It was very, very close-run," says Martha. "Kate is probably the more experienced actor. I have to say I was very excited by her, she is an extraordinary person. But with Liv there was something very raw and untapped, something that came straight from the heart. There's a truth about her, and a great and genuine access to feeling which is wonderfully unselfconscious. At the same time she is, of course, fantastic looking. A lot of the press on her has tended to hone in on the sort of 'stunner-babe' areas that you might expect, but there's so much more to her. She's genuine and highly instinctive, wonderfully easy and funny - and hilariously kooky at times."

Tom Hanks
"The thing about Liv, is that she's really smart about the choices she's making. At her stage in the business, it's very difficult to say no to whatever comes along, because of all the money, attention, and glamour being thrown at you. But she's saying no to all the right things. This is an extremely well-grounded girl. She's the oldest 18-year-old I've ever encountered."

Kevin of the Backstreet Boys
"I think Liv Tyler is a really naturally beautiful girl and just from interviews and things she seems like a beautiful person in the inside as well. Even as she plays her characters as well. She seems like she has a really good heart and is a pleasant person as well."

Patrick O'Connor, Inventing The Abbots director
"Liv is a delightful combination of being very girlish and very wise."

Harald Zwart, One Night At McCool's director
"Apart from being a great actress and being able to pull off three different characters, which she did flawlessly, the camera loves her! There's not a lot I need to do to convey the fact that guys just fall over for her. The thing that surprised me the most about her was that she was incredibly funny. She has a great sense of humor. And I think she shows a great comedic talent in the film."

Julianne Moore, Liv's co-star in Cookie's Fortune
"Liv Tyler is hands down the most beautiful woman in the world. She's also beyond that, She really listens, really looks at people. She takes her time"

Robert Altman
"She's just a marvelous actress, Very serious, very prepared, and very professional. I am crazy about her"

Kate Hudson
"We met when I was 15 and she was 17. She was friends with my brother Olly and I remember the first time I met her: she walked into my parents' kitchen and she had this little sundress on, and those long legs, and I looked at her, thinking, 'Oh, my God, the most beautiful woman ever walked into my house and I will never look like that! That is beauty.' We've been friends ever since."