Liv Tyler may be an international film star, but the best way to describe the 26-year-old's vibe is sweet. Not boring sweet, mind you. More like precocious-little-girl-wearing-bunny-ears-and-a-smile sweet.
No make-up and so fresh. But it's not just about her looks. Liv exudes a wide-eyes openness that makes you want to hug her; protect her fiercely, and be her best friend.
Her latest on-screen role is as the 3,000- year-old - yet looking just 26 - Elven princess Arwen in the latest, and last, instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, titled The Return of the King.
The first time we saw her was in 1994 in the Aerosmith Crazy video; Liv was all of 16. But she had an inside connection to get that gig - her father is legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Eileen Condon met the Elven beauty.
T'S BEEN one of the most successful movie series in screen history and the eagerly-awaited third film in the Lord of The Rings trilogy looks like smashing box office records.
But that's not what's putting a smile on the face of one of its main stars, Liv Tyler.
The stunning brunette, who plays Arwen, the immortal elf in the hit movies, can't stop those famous voluptuous lips breaking into a beaming grin at the mention of her new husband, Leeds-born musician Royston Langdon.
'It's been an incredible year for me,' she says excitedly. 'I married a wonderful man who is just so nice and supportive. We moved to New York and we've adopted a King Charles puppy, who is so cute I'm crazy about him. Roy named him Neal and he's nine months old and getting bigger and cuter everyday,' she giggles.
Tyler married 30-year-old Langdon, lead singer with the group Spacehog, at a private ceremony in the Caribbean in March and it's clear domesticity agrees with the 26-year-old actress. But that's understandable when you consider her background.
Her father is legendary Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler but her mother, Bebe Buell, raised her to believe she was the daughter of rocker Todd Rundgren, until she learned the truth when she was 10. Now the star admits her upbringing means she craves security and stability.
'I always felt loved by my parents and was grateful to have all these incredible people and creative energy around me, but I also longed for some kind of normality in my life,' she explains.
'I was so aware of the mistakes my parents made. My dream as a little girl was to have a family and children and animals and someone in my life who was my friend and my partner. Now that I finally got married and we have our house, everything that I ever wanted is in place,' she smiles.
However, even her newfound domestic bliss does have its drawbacks, as the besotted actress can't bear to be apart from her husband when she's filming.
She spent more than a year in New Zealand making the Lord of The Rings trilogy and admits it was tough.
'I did suffer at times and felt quite homesick being so far away from my home and family,' she recalls. 'It was almost like a life commitment and there was no turning back.'
Added to that, Tyler also came in for some early flak from critics who didn't believe she was the right choice to play Arwen - a character who only appears in the appendix of JRR Tolkein's classic book.
'It was hard at times,' she says of the criticism. 'But I feel really good about how it all turned out. I had a great time working with everyone on the film. It was never easy, but it was worth it and now that the films are completed I just feel really happy to have been a part of them.'
In the third and final film, Tyler joins forces again with co-stars Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom to fight the forces of evil. And fans are in for a treat as the dazzling battle scenes promise to outdo even those in the first two movies.
But even though Lord of The Rings might be over, Tyler's career is taking off in a big way. Although she was a rising star before the trilogy, appearing in Bernardo Bertolucci's acclaimed film Stealing Beauty, it's her role as Princess Arwen which has made her a household name.
Not surprisingly, lucrative offers are coming in thick and fast, including a contract as the face of a new perfume and skin range from Givenchy.
But although the deal cements her position as one of the most successful actresses in the world, Tyler isn't about to let it turn her very attractive head.
She knows first hand how brutal Hollywood can be, having been told more than once in her career she should lose weight.
'A very famous editor once told me that if I could stay skinny, I'd be bigger than Gwyneth Paltrow,' she says, looking incredulous.
'I was like, 'I don't want to be Gwyneth Paltrow, I want to be me!' I don't have a weight problem and I never have and just because I don't starve myself and I'm not a size four doesn't mean that I have a weight problem.'
Tyler, a curvaceous 5ft 10ins, bucks the trend for stick-thin Tinseltown actresses but flatly refuses to conform to the current standards.
'I don't like actresses who transform themselves to fit in with a physical standard which rules at any given moment,' she states.
'These women don't realise that they lose their appeal. A lot of people are afraid to be themselves, maybe because they lack confidence.'
That's not something the talented Liv Tyler is suffering from right now. She's in huge demand on the work front thanks to Lord of The Rings. But while she's thrilled at the way her career is going, her main priority these days is being at home making sweet music with her new husband.
'One of my greatest pleasures is sitting around the house and watching him compose at the piano or just experiment at the keyboard. I love seeing that creative process,' she smiles happily.
Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King is released Friday 19th December.