Creator / Liv Tyler

Liv Rundgrennote  Tyler (born July 1, 1977) is an American actress best known as the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, as well as for playing Arwen in Lord of the Rings, and her roles in other movies such as Empire Records, Stealing Beauty, That Thing You Do!, Armageddon, One Night at McCool's, Jersey Girl, and The Incredible Hulk (as Betty Ross).

Not to be confused with the game-breaking cyborg bunny named after her.

This actress contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:invoked
  • Actor-Inspired Element:invoked For the dream conversation between Aragorn and Arwen, their dialogue was originally written entirely in English. Liv had become a huge fan of the Elvish language, and asked them to have them speak some of the lines in Elvish instead. Peter Jackson later said the change was absolutely for the better.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:invoked She took her role in The Incredible Hulk before even reading the script.
  • Casting Gag:invoked In The Incredible Hulk she plays Betty Ross, following on from Jennifer Connelly, who played her in Hulk. They had played sisters in Inventing The Abbotts.
  • Creator Backlash:invoked At one point in development, Arwen was going to get some Xenafication to show up at Helm's Deep and fight in the battle. This was a leftover element from when the books were going to be just two movies - and Arwen and Eowyn would be combined. Liv hated the idea, constantly stressing that Arwen didn't need to fight in battle to be a strong character. When the idea was scrapped, she was very pleased.
  • Dawson Casting:invokedAverted. She was nineteen for Stealing Beauty - the exact age of her character Lucy.
  • Deleted Role:invoked She had a small role in Everyone Says I Love You that ended up cut. Woody Allen was so impressed by her performance that he wrote her a letter personally to apologise.
  • Doing It for the Art:invokedShe studied intensely on Middle Earth lore and learned Elvish for her role in The Lord of the Rings. On the 'making of' features, she joked that she wished all her dialogue could be in Elvish.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:invoked Normally a brunette, she dyed her hair red for One Night at McCool's.
  • Erudite Stoner: A clip of her being interviewed in Cannes while promoting Stealing Beauty has her saying "Hi" to "all her friends in Maine". She sounds slightly "buoyant".
  • Fake Brit:invoked She puts on an English accent for Arwen. Apparently her own father thought she had been dubbed. Earlier she had also put one on to play a Russian character in Onegin, and to play an actual Brit in Plunkett & Macleane and Gunpowder.
  • Has Two Daddies: In a way; after the truth of who her real father was came out, she developed a close relationship with Steven Tyler and later legally changed her surname to his surname, but she also remains close to her adoptive/legal father Todd Rundgren and kept his surname as her middle name.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: While filming the "come and claim him" bit from The Lord of the Rings, she accidentally stabbed herself in the thigh. This was featured in many outtakes and bloopers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Aerosmith video she starred in and the thin nightshirt scene in The Lord of the Rings spring to mind. And then, of course, there's Stealing Beauty.
  • Playing Against Type:invoked In The Leftovers, it doesn't seem like this at first, but by season two she's playing The Big Bad.
  • Real-Life Relative:invoked She stars in Armageddon and Aerosmith - who are headlined by her father - supply most of the soundtrack.
  • She Also Did: In the extended cut of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Liv sings the song used in the Houses of Healing scene.
  • Star-Making Role:invoked Despite the mixed reception to Stealing Beauty, Liv received unanimous praise and enjoyed a higher profile afterwards.
  • Stunt Casting:invoked Word of God is that New Line Cinema wanted her to play Arwen in the hopes of having one Hollywood star in the trilogy.
  • Those Two Actors: She starred with Ben Affleck in both Armageddon and Jersey Girl.
  • What Could Have Been:invoked
    • She recorded a song to be used in The Two Towers but it was cut for not fitting with the tone. It's included on the extended edition of Return of the King.
    • Uma Thurman was the first choice for Arwen, but had to decline due to her pregnancy at the time. Liv was apparently one of the last actresses cast.
    • She presumably would have had a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the casting change of Edward Norton to Mark Ruffalo - and Bruce's subsequent romance with Black Widow has resulted in Liv's Betty Ross not appearing past the one film.
    • A spin-off of One Night at McCool's was considered - revolving around Jewel Valentine - but never happened due to the death of screenwriter Stan Seidel.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: She spent much of childhood assuming Todd Rundgren was her father, until it was revealed that Steven Tyler was her father, and her mother lied both to her and Rundgren.