Liv Tyler: I chose family over career
Liv Tyler worries her private life would suffer if she was hugely successful.
The 36-year-old actress is the daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and has nine-year-old son Milo with her ex-husband Royston Langdon. At the moment she is fully focused on raising her boy, explaining she has difficult feelings about balancing a career with family life.
“Perhaps I shouldn’t think this way but, from a very young age, I had this idea in my head... That if you are very successful in your career and you’re giving all of your attention to that, then your family life will not… I need to word this in the right way…,” she told Red magazine.
“The life of your family possibly won’t flourish as it might. But when you focus on your family and you put that first, then your career suffers in some sort of way.”
Liv can cope with her career not being at its highest point, but won’t be able to deal with letting her son down. On top of that, she isn’t a fan of the fame which comes with her career. Perhaps because of her famous father and model mother Bebe Buell, the star prefers to fly under the radar as much as possible.
“Anonymity is like gold to me - it's so valuable and precious,” she said. “And I love places where I can relax and not worry about standing out or being looked at.”
Preferring to take a step back from the rat race doesn’t mean Liv judges women who chose to focus on work. Some of her best friends are very busy; she cites fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Gwyneth Paltrow as prime examples.
“I see Stella whenever she’s here, and we have a weird, crazy conversation, say, ‘I love you,’ and then she’s jetting off back to London. She’s got four kids, and a million businesses. And Gwyneth’s just really good at everything. She’s very organised, whereas I’m far more sensitive and adaptable,” Liv explained.
“She’s good at structure and routine and schedules, whereas I get lost all the time. I’m always late and always rushing.”
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