Liv Tyler looks stunning on the March 2012 cover of Marie Claire UK. The beautiful actress sits down for a chat with the magazine and dishes on motherhood and her seven-year-old son Milo, her childhood and imaginary friends, life and love, but also about her career and future plans. In the interview, the new Pantene Pro-V ambassador reveals the reasons for moving back to New York. “When me and Roy broke up there were a lot of changes and it was just really hard,” she says.
“We all moved to LA – obviously, separately – just to get a new perspective. I wanted to see what it was like. It was very healing. I have a lot of really good friends there. Then we came back together. I’m always trying to figure out what’s the best for him [Milo] as a person. The kind of person I want him to be. The values I want him to have. Much as I love my friends in LA, I wanted him to have more of an East Coast upbringing. The sense of community. Walking to school four blocks away,” Tyler told Marie Claire.
The lovely 34-year-old actress also dishes on the healing process and admits that this is a work in progress. “I feel like I’m learning every day how to get through life and the world. Not just from the divorce. I’ve felt that way throughout my whole life, ever since I was a young person. I’ve had a lot of big things happen to me,” Liv says.
Liv confesses that based on her rather unconventional upbringing her son Milo, offering him stability is her major concern. “Absolutely. It’s brought up a tremendous amount of issues, concerns and worries for me, being a mother, and how much that meant to me based on my childhood and what I went through. Wonderful, beautiful things and difficult things. It was always a dream of mine to be a mother. I didn’t ever really dream of being an actress. I used to dream of being a singer (she’s recently recorded a version of the old INXS song ‘Need You Tonight’ for a Givenchy advert), but I always dreamed of being a mother ever since I was a young girl,” the actress says.
What about her own childhood? Daughter of Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, and Bebe Buell, model, singer and Playboy Playmate, Liv was an only child. Asked whether she had any imaginary friends, she told the magazine that, “I had a blankie. A blankie called Gigi. I don’t remember having a specific imaginary friend, but I played by myself all the time in the woods around Portland, Maine. I was by myself a lot, so I definitely talked to myself and made up my own games. I used to wish I had a twin really badly. I so wanted a twin. That’s so strange.”
The actress says that she sometimes thinks on whether she would have preferred the Hollywood of old. “I wish I was born at another time, so I could have done big musical productions. I would have been so happy. I’m very old-fashioned in that way. I love being an independent woman but, as far as the movie industry goes, as a talent you were more nurtured then. Secretly, I wish I was owned by the studio,” Liv admits.
On her fascination of saving moments on her camera, Liv told Marie Claire UK that, “Obsessively, I have thousands of pictures on my phone. Why am I so fascinated with capturing moments? I’ll tell you why. Because I’ve had so much change in my life. My whole life things have changed constantly, so psychologically I’m sure I’m quite sentimental. I want to remember the feeling, not only what it looks like. When it’s happening, it’s so wonderful but I know it’s gonna change or not gonna last. Everything changes so I want to remember it because I feel grateful for it.”
As for her love life, the actress confesses that she still tries to figure it out. “Am I happy in love? I’m still trying to figure it all out. Everything! Life and love and my ideals of love. And what love really is. And how it works and what it all means. I’m actually really trying to apply myself to understanding who I am, how I work, what I’ve done in the past, and my childhood, and how I am at raising a child. What I saw as a child in love, the examples I saw and how that affects who I am today in love. All of those questions,” Tyler says.
However, trying to be a good mother is what matters the most. “I do have my worries for Milo. I mean, we live in Manhattan in a huge house, and we have a staff, and we have a very different life. He would be happiest if we lived in the country somewhere, just the two of us,” Liv told the magazine. On her future, Tyler says that, “I don’t have plans that are further than a couple of weeks ahead. If I’ve learned anything about life, it’s that you don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d rather plan where I’m going to be today.”
Photos courtesy of Marie Claire