Tyler made for telly

Liv Tyler moves into the next stage of her glit­ter­ing ca­reer with Theleftovers, writes TIF­FANY BAKKER

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IF NOT for her role in the new creepy tele­vi­sion drama, The Leftovers, Liv Tyler says she was just about ready to throw in the act­ing towel. The ac­tress, best known for roles in films such as Steal­ing Beauty and the Lord of the Rings tril­ogy, ad­mits she was “feel­ing frus­trated” by the lack of de­cent roles com­ing her way.

“I wasn’t find­ing the parts that I wanted, and I wasn’t the in­génue any­more,” says Tyler, sip­ping hot wa­ter and le­mon in a down­town New York ho­tel.

“I was in this new mo­ment and I didn’t know how I was go­ing to nav­i­gate my way through all of that – whether I was meant to keep act­ing or if I was meant to pur­sue other pas­sions. I was look­ing for a sign to push me in a di­rec­tion.”

Tyler says that sign came in the form of The Leftovers, HBO’s lat­est drama (which also stars Justin Th­er­oux and Amy Bren­e­mann). Tyler, who’d never done tele­vi­sion be­fore, had been blown away by the qual­ity of shows such as True De­tec­tive (“the best of the best”), and was look­ing to break into the medium. She says when she heard about the show, she wanted in.

“Liv came to us,” says the show’s co-cre­ator, Damon Lin­de­loff (of Lost fame). “And when you get some­one like that in­ter­ested in your show, it’s very ex­cit­ing. She came in and read for the part and she seemed to un­der­stand the despair and sad­ness in the character.”

Based on the ac­claimed novel by Tom Per­rotta (who co-cre­ated the show along with Lin­de­loff ), The Leftovers is bleak and it’s de­press­ing (bad things hap­pen to an­i­mals and chil­dren) but, much like Lost did, it hooks you in im­me­di­ately, and you can’t look away, no mat­ter how much you might try.

“It was weird and I love weird things,” says Tyler.

The story is set in the fic­tion­alised New York town of Maple­ton, three years after two per cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion has sud­denly dis­ap­peared with­out ex­pla­na­tion. Was it The Rap­ture? Was it some­thing else?

“There was some­thing a lit­tle Twin Peaks- y and Twi­light Zone about it to me, and those were things, as a young girl, I loved watch­ing – the creep shows and hor­ror movies,” re­calls Tyler. “I liked the mys­te­ri­ous el­e­ments of it.”

Tyler plays Meg, a de­pressed woman who is suf­fer­ing from some­thing akin to post­trau­matic stress. She leaves her fi­ancé to join the ‘Guilty Rem­nant’, a cult-like group who dress in white, chainsmoke con­stantly and refuse to speak.

“My character’s a bit of a loose can­non,” says Tyler. “She has a bit of a tem­per, and she gets mad a lot.”

Adds Lin­de­loff: “We said to Liv, are you sure you want to sign up for this? You want to put on white, you want to wear no make-up, you want to not speak? And she was like, ‘Yes, yes, yes, and yes’. She wasn’t vain in that way at all, and that’s a rare thing.”

For her part, Tyler says the ex­pe­ri­ence has rein­vig­o­rated her. “I haven’t felt so cre­atively ful­filled for many years,” she says.

“Now I feel grate­ful for the years that I didn’t feel it be­cause I do now. It shows that it’s im­por­tant to be pa­tient.” THE LEFTOVERS TUES­DAY, 7.35, SHOWCASE

Guilty rem­nant: Liv Tyler and Amy Bren­e­mann in TheLeftovers.

Cast mates: Ben Law­son (sec­ond from left) on the set of ModernFam­ily.

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