Liv Tyler is officially off the market, having made it public that she is now engaged to long-time boyfriend and sports agent David Gardner, though Tyler’s engagement announcement was made more through imagery than through words. Liv posted a picture to her Instagram account in which Ms. Tyler was featured looking out on a portion of New York City, while her hand, prominently featuring a shining diamond ring on Tyler’s engagement ring finger, touched the glass window of the airplane.
Ms. Tyler and Mr. Gardner have been dating since 2014 and are parents to 7-month-old Sailor. The son of Liv and David was the center of attention in a second picture Tyler shared with her Instagram followers in which Sailor’s godfather, David Beckham, joined the child and father for lunch.
“Sweet boys,” wrote Liv Tyler, according to Us Weekly. “Sailor having lunch with his daddy @davidgardner and his God daddy @davidbeckham.”
While Sailor and Gardner are bringing Ms. Tyler as much happiness as can be had in the home, Liv confesses that the turn her career has taken in recent years has been far more disappointing. Having turned 38-years-old, Tyler has found that she’s been shoved into a far less flattering age bracket in Hollywood and that the roles now being offered lack the enticing sex appeal and action of a youth that included a starring role in Aerosmith’s “Crazy” music video, wherein Liv mimicked the on-stage antics of her rocker father, Steven Tyler.
“It’s not fun when you see things start to change. When you’re in your teens or 20s, there is an abundance of ingenue parts which are exciting to play. But at [my age], you’re usually the wife or the girlfriend — a sort of second-class citizen,” Liv said. “There are more interesting roles for women when they get a bit older.”
Ms. Tyler has the credits to prove she can draw an audience, having starred in such blockbusters as That Thing You Do!, Armageddon, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Incredible Hulk, yet Liv still feels the affects of Hollywood’s sentiments towards aging women in films. Liv isn’t alone, either.
Women in Hollywood are coming together to combat ageism in the film industry and the topic is becoming just as much of a hot button in the media as sexism in Hollywood, so it’s not surprising that many actresses are beginning to protest both these issues as two sides of the same coin. Recently, Anne Hathaway, who, at 32-years-old, is now lumped into Tyler’s age bracket, spoke about the issue of ageism in Hollywood, admitting that she had previously benefited from that same source of discrimination that she now protests.
“When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?'”
These are issues that affect Liv Tyler personally, but also draw her attention from the standpoint of someone who takes an interest in everything that happens around her, which, as Liv Tyler reveals in a More magazine interview, can sometimes be a problem.
“Every moment is interesting to me. So just walking out of the house, I wind up speaking to everyone and asking how they are, and then before I know it…” Ms. Tyler shrugs and screws up her nose comedically. “I’m not very good at putting on blinders. What’s going on over there? What’s over there? I get into everything.”
Fans can catch Liv Tyler in The Leftovers, when season 2 premieres on Sunday, October 4, on HBO.
[Featured image: Liv Tyler courtesy of Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]