So­much to Liv for LOVE, KIDS & LONDON!

This celebrity mum don’t want to miss a thing!

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Hollywood Insider -

When Woman’s Day last met Liv Tyler, star

of Ar­maged­don and TheLordof theRings, she was deep into film­ing for her first TV role in

the cult se­ries TheLeftovers. She was then 36, sin­gle and a di­vorced mother-of-one. Her son Milo was nine and, hav­ing grown up as the only child of Aero­smith rocker Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell, she told us she would “def­i­nitely” like to have more chil­dren as we chat­ted over oys­ters and craft beer near her home in Man­hat­tan. “I’m 100% plan­ning on it, but the clock is tick­ing,” she said. “If the stork could just drop it off on my roof, I’d be so happy – I’d have, like, 20.” Fast-for­ward to to­day and Liv’s do­mes­tic set-up

looks dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent. Her sec­ond son Sailor is two and she also has 10-mon­thold daugh­ter Lula.

Liv, now 39, is en­gaged to their fa­ther, David Gard­ner, a Bri­tish foot­ball agent and David Beck­ham’s best friend, who also has a nine-year-old son called Grey from his mar­riage to Hollyoaks ac­tress Davinia Tay­lor.

“Wow!” gasps Liv when we’re re­united. “So much has changed – and none of it was planned at all.”

Planned or not, her swiftly ex­panded brood ful­fils a longheld am­bi­tion. “I can re­mem­ber be­ing six and I had all these dolls – I’d al­ways take care of them and tell ev­ery­one I was go­ing to have a big family some day. At one point, I thought maybe I wasn’t go­ing to, but now it’s my whole world.”

Last Septem­ber, the ac­tress moved her family to London’s Prim­rose Hill, where David lives. She tells, “I’m def­i­nitely a New Yorker, but Eng­land is won­der­ful. It’s a lit­tle more kid-friendly, with all the space and parks. David and Grey are so used to grass that they can play foot­ball on, and New York re­ally is the con­crete jun­gle.”

The family fre­quently hits London green spots for a bit of al fresco recre­ation. Their lat­est out­ing comes af­ter the star made an ap­pear­ance on ge­neaol­ogy doc­u­men­tary se­ries Who DoYouThinkYouAre? along­side her fa­mous fa­ther Steven. On the show, Liv found out she had a half African-Amer­i­can rel­a­tive. Her dad gave her a high-five and said, “I knew it! I’m so lov­ing this. It ex­plains it.”


Liv fa­mously dis­cov­ered only at age eight that Steven was her fa­ther, af­ter meet­ing him at a gig and notic­ing a re­sem­blance be­tween her­self and his daugh­ter Mia. Un­til then, she had be­lieved her fa­ther to be her groupie mum’s on-off part­ner, mu­si­cian Todd Rund­gren.

She spent much of her child­hood mov­ing be­tween Maine and Vir­ginia, where her grand­mother taught eti­quette to the chil­dren of di­plo­mats, be­fore her mum moved to New York when Liv was 12.

De­spite her all-Amer­i­can up­bring­ing, since mov­ing to London, Liv has be­come a ded­i­cated An­glophile. “When I was grow­ing up in New York City in the ’90s, there was a big group of English peo­ple who in­flu­enced me,” she says. “I was 15 when I met Kate Moss. She made the big­gest im­pact. There was some­thing unique about her. I was com­pletely in love. I learnt so much from her style.”

There is, she be­lieves, a dif­fer­ent sen­si­bil­ity among Bri­tons. “There’s some­thing very play­ful and mag­i­cal about my English friends. They love to dress up and go for ad­ven­tures. They make go­ing for a walk in the gar­den or hav­ing a cup of tea sound like the most ex­cit­ing thing in the world.”

It was Grey’s su­per­model god­mother Kate (Becks is his god­fa­ther) who in­tro­duced her to Dave. “He’s a re­ally manly man,” she gushes. “A Manch­ester man. It takes me a minute to un­der­stand ev­ery­thing. I need trans­la­tions all the time. He’s mas­cu­line but ten­der and lov­ing, and very hands-on with the kids.”

Will they get mar­ried? “It’s some­thing we talk about and we’re plan­ning on, but right now, we’re just en­joy­ing ev­ery sec­ond of where we are.”

Liv be­gan work­ing as a model at 14, but she changed her fo­cus to act­ing af­ter star­ring in in­de­pen­dent films like Em­pireRecords. It was

Steal­ingBeauty that made her a star and in her 20s, she spent a lot of time in New Zealand for her role as elf maiden Ar­wen in the Lord

oftheRings tril­ogy. At 25, she mar­ried Milo’s fa­ther, Roys­ton Lang­don of the Bri­tish band Space­hog – they di­vorced am­i­ca­bly in 2008 – and then in her 30s, she stepped back from films to con­cen­trate on moth­er­hood.

“From a young age, I had this idea that if you are very suc­cess­ful in your ca­reer, the life of your family won’t flour­ish. I can live with the ca­reer part not go­ing so well, but I don’t think I could live with my family not be­ing happy.”

These days, she ap­pears to have found a healthy bal­ance. Hav­ing fin­ished film­ing the third and fi­nal sea­son of

TheLeftovers in Aus­tralia last year, she’s now avail­able to hire.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be in London with a clean slate and just say, ‘Hey, I need a job.’ I’m ex­cited for a whole new ad­ven­ture in my life right now.”

Loved-up with fi­ancé David. Above: A preg­nant Liv with her dad Steve, baby Sailor and Milo. Adorable Lulu has star qual­ity! Hello, Sailor! What a wee hon­ey­bun. SWEET N EMOTIO

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