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It’s almost impossible to imagine 37 year old Tyler, with her breathy, girlish voice and her other worldly beauty, playing host to any sort of dragon, dormant or otherwise. But that’s a common misconception, apparently. “I have a lot of opinions and I’m pretty bossy,” she says. “I guess it’s because I have a soft speaking voice. But I’m trying to speak up more.”
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Meg deals with her grief by abandoning her fiance and joining a mysterious sect called the Guilty Remnant, who dress all in white, don’t speak, and chain smoke as a mortification of the flesh. Tyler’s own way of dealing with grief is “very quiet and sad and rational. I feel a lot. But Canada Goose Online I’m also very resilient,” she says.
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It’s a television debut for Tyler, whose acting career so far has been confined to the big screen. In her teens, she starred in independent films including the comedy Empire Records and That Thing You Do before making her name in Bernardo Bertolucci’s dreamy, Tuscan set Stealing Beauty. In her twenties, she was perfectly cast as Arwen, the Elf maiden in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and appeared in other big budget hits, Canada Goose Jackets such as Armageddon and The Incredible Hulk. In her thirties, however, she has seemed to step back somewhat from the screen. “Ever since Milo was born, I haven’t really been making many movies because I just can’t imagine being away from home for long periods of time,” she says. Milo, her son with her former husband, Royston Canada Goose Coats On Sale Langdon, of the British band Spacehog, is now nine, and The Leftovers films in and around New York City, meaning Tyler has been able to fulfil her domestic duties at home in Manhattan’s West Village, as well as work. “It’s a steady job, and that’s something I’ve never had before. It feels like such a luxury. Tyler sits up and shakes out her mane of dark hair. “Now, I get up and make Milo breakfast and walk him to school, and then I have to go and beat somebody up at work, and then figure out what’s for dinner. It’s a different kind of balance. It’s the more grown up version of being an actress.”
Her decision to put her home life ahead of her career in recent years is a direct reaction to Tyler’s own early experiences. “From a very young age I had this idea that if you are very successful in your career and you’re giving all of your attention to that, then your family life possibly will not flourish as it might,” she says.
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It was not the most ordered of childhoods, however. “My mum was very young  when she had me, Canada Goose Outlet and https://www.canadagooseparkasoutlet.ca she didn’t necessarily have all her tools in her toolbox,” Tyler says. “We kind of grew up together, which was a beautiful thing. But we moved around a lot, too, between Maine and New canada goose uk outlet York, and it was hard for me.” As for her newly acquired rock star dad, she has said in the past that “I don’t think he was in any position to be a father”. When she was born, Steven Tyler was in the throes of his well documented drug excesses. Rundgren was apparently aware of her paternity but, believing she needed a father, agreed to participate in the deception. “What an amazing thing canada goose coats on sale Todd did for me. Luckily it just made me feel more loved. I had two dads instead of one.”
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Stealing Beauty premiered at Cannes, where Tyler’s face was plastered across billboards around the town, catapulting her into canada goose uk shop the limelight. “When you start working at such a young age, everything is accelerated, and by the time you get to your mid twenties, you feel what most people probably feel in their mid thirties or early buy canada goose jacket forties,” she says. She married Langdon at 25, and gave birth to Milo a year later. “In my twenties, I definitely had a sense of wanting to create stability formyself,” she says.
The couple divorced in 2008, after five years of marriage, but Tyler is impressively sanguine about it. “The idea that we can share a roof with someone else forever is a beautiful notion, but it’s much harder to actually do. I grew up in a very bohemian environment, and I always knew that it doesn’t mean that you don’t love that person, or that they’re not important canada goose coats to you,” she says. “But I’m completely devoted to Milo and our little family, no matter how eccentric it might seem to others.”
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I ask whether she was attracted to the spiritual dimension of The Leftovers; the “sudden canada goose departure” has been compared to the Second Coming the notion that on Judgment Day one group will remain on canadian goose jacket Earth, while another ascends into heaven. “I’m spiritual, yes, but I don’t think about Judgment Day,” she says. “I don’t think about an angry God.”
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