The young 'Cookie's Fortune' star shuns stardom in favor of acting her age

By Liane Bonin
Updated April 08, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
Liv Tyler
Credit: Peter Kramer/Galella

Maybe the diva gene skips a generation. Liv Tyler, the star of ”Cookie’s Fortune” (opening April 9), may be the spawn of prominent-lipped Aerosmith wailer Steven Tyler, but the actress didn’t inherit Daddy’s taste for the spotlight. Instead, the stressed-out 21-year-old is doing her best to avoid the glare by taking a breather from her acting career. ”I’ve just been needing a break because it’s been such a big year,” says Tyler, whose next movie, ”Plunkett & Macleane,” hits theaters on April 16. ”I’ve done four movies with a week in between, and some of them overlapped.”

Tight scheduling isn’t the only thing weighing down the ”Heavy” star. The glamour-shy actress admits that she loathes the Hollywood hoopla others live for; in fact, she managed to drag herself to this year’s Oscars only because Aerosmith nabbed a Best Song nomination. ”I don’t know if you ever get used to fame,” Tyler tells EW Online. ”You may get more comfortable in yourself and it’s maybe not as scary or something, but it always feels kind of funny.”

Tyler plans to spend her time away from the set getting in touch with her inner child. ”I’m only 21, and I want a chance to be a kid,” she explains. ”I’ve gained so many things from working, but I did miss out on those years of not being conscious of what anyone thinks of you and just being a kid.”

What kind of kid stuff? Shopping, holding slumber parties with her dad, and playing her favorite songs on ”her most prized possession,” a 1954 jukebox she recently purchased. ”It’s nice to be able to go home and decorate your apartment and hang out with your family and go to the museum and discover interests,” says Tyler. ”When you’re working, it’s difficult to finish a book, and you feel like such an ignoramus all the time.” Carmen Electra, are you listening?

Cookie's Fortune

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Robert Altman