DETAILS: You play Frank Langella's daughter in the futuristic indie Robot & Frank. It's your first major role in four years. What gives?
Liv Tyler: When you start working so young, you wind up doing everything ass-backwards. I started modeling when I was 13. I made my first movie at 16. I got to my twenties and all I wanted to do was nest. The other day somebody said to me, "You've been doing this for 20 years." My heart stopped for a second and I wanted to go, "Fuck you!" But I have.
DETAILS: Your mom, Bebe Buell, famously posed for Playboy. Did you know that as a child?
Liv Tyler: I grew up with Playboy in the house—she had a free subscription for life. It was right on the coffee table next to the TV Guide. Her photos were tasteful. They weren't gross. I love all the old seventies photographs—big giant bushes and beautiful lighting.
DETAILS: You got divorced in 2008. Would you get married again?
Liv Tyler: I definitely would like to have more children. I'm not sure how I feel about marriage. I'm not sure how I ever really felt about marriage. I admire the Elizabeth Taylors and Richard Burtons—people who fall in love and live passionately. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, you move on.
DETAILS: Your son, Milo, is 7 years old. What do you hope he learns about women?
Liv Tyler: He's pretty intuitive and sensitive already. I call my house the hen house, because it's constantly filled with women. I want to teach him how to be a man, in the sense of doing practical things with your hands. I want him to be able to survive in the woods.
DETAILS: Would your dad, Steven Tyler, be able to survive in the wilderness?
Liv Tyler: He's a good outdoorsman, if you can imagine it. He taught Milo to scuba-dive in Hawaii. I like to share that part of him with Milo—to juxtapose that with my dad's high heels and scarves and makeup.
DETAILS: You're writing an etiquette guide with your grandmother. Why?
Liv Tyler: She's been an etiquette teacher for 40 years. We live in a world where people don't even acknowledge each other. They can be really rude.
DETAILS:When was the last time someone was rude to you?
Liv Tyler: The Con Ed men were rude to me yesterday! They're drilling up my sidewalk. I was thinking, "Maybe I should put on a sexy little sundress and bring them sweet tea and ask, 'Can you please do a really good job on my sidewalk?' "