Mr. Showbiz
April 27, 2001

Mr. Showbiz Interviews Liv Tyler
Staff Reporter

OK, tell me about your role in The Lord of the Rings.

It's been expanded from the books. There's a big appendix at the end with a large chapter about Arwen. Basically, there wasn't enough female presence in a lot of the film, so they took the appendix and used that story and placed it throughout. We shot all three movies at once. It took a year and a half, back and forth to New Zealand.

Is acting scary?

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. A lot of times, I don't plan what I'm going to do in a scene — that's a really vulnerable place to be. Just to see where something will take you. I do struggle a lot with trying not to be so hard on myself because that makes life painful. I try to experience it as fun and not put so much pressure on myself.

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