Liv Tyler Didn't Tell Her Dad She'd Be Singing for Givenchy

02/16/2012 at 01:30 PM ET

In her latest ad for Givenchy beauty, Liv Tyler does something she’s always wanted to do: she sings.

“My whole life, since I was a little girl, all I ever thought I would do is be a singer,” she tells PEOPLE. “My mom and stepdad, my dad [Steven Tyler] are all musicians and singers, and somehow I started modeling and acting instead.”

But when Givenchy approached her about changing up the routine for their Very Irrésistible Givenchy Electric Rose fragrance ads, the star was all for it. “I literally jumped on my bed and screamed like a little girl,” she says. “It was such an amazing opportunity to try it out.”

In the video ad, Tyler — who’s been the face of Givenchy beauty for eight years — sings a sexy rendition of the INXS hit “Need You Tonight” and dances with a group of extremely attractive male models. “The recording of the song was such a separate process from creating the image,” she explains. “For the song part … I had to in four or five days find my voice, so to speak, with [producer] David Sitek. We recorded at his house in L.A., I was in my overalls … it was totally not about the visual performance.”

The video, shot in Paris, was a different story. “I literally flew there, landed, went straight to the set, met with a choreographer, never got to stretch,” she recalls. “It was incredibly challenging to perform like that. I couldn’t hide behind a character, but I kept thinking about Madonna, Debbie Harry, the amazing performers I grew up watching. We shot til 4 a.m., and I was covered in bruises by the end, but it was really fun.”

Though Tyler is so proud of the final product, she never told her family about the experience. “I hadn’t even told my dad about it,” she says, noting that she doesn’t often talk to her family about her projects until they’re near completion. It wasn’t until sisters Chelsea and Mia came by her home one day and spotted the record Givenchy had used to promote the fragrance did she share the story.

“I played them the video, they were so sweet, so excited, so supportive,” she says. “Then it came out the next day, and I realized I could be excited about this now.”  Tell us: What do you think of Tyler’s sexy singing?


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Eve on

Awesome video; Liv is beautiful and awesome as usual! Poor choice of song. INXS and Depeche Mode, etc. are so twenty-first century’s yesterday.
But beautiful Liv!

Tara on

i think the electro sound was a good choice cuz it kinda hides her voice …. so people can’t really dis her cuz you don’t get to hear liv full on. you know what i mean? btw, why so much armpit?

luthien26 on

Being a big nerd here, but “Arwen’s Song” is indeed sung by Liv Tyler (it appears during the Houses of Healing scene, but is called “Arwen’s Song”). The song Enya sang is called “Aniron”. *nerd alert!*

tina on

I really like Liv Tyler as an actress, but this video was rather boring and tried too hard to be sexy, which it wasn’t. She looked like she was doing armpit checks, and sliding down walls just doesn’t make one a dancer. Very mediocre vocals, but hey, she’s rich and famous and I’m not so what do I know :)

Julie G on

I think she sounds great! She looks amazing! I think she is a much better as an actress and model but she definately has chops! Yay Liv!

Jon on

I loved it, you go girl, I don’t blame her for not telling Dad or anyone at the time, this was definitely a great way to surprise them, I’m glad she got a chance to surprise them all!

Guest on

I thought Bebe Buell was a model??? And her dad doesn’t really sing either lol, so idk if there are musical genes in their family ;) I love Liv and she’s beautiful and sweet, this was just weird though.

Helen on

She is so beautiful and her vocals were rather sexy and soft

lisa gelinas on

Autotune. No talent required.

Jenn on

Liv is Gorgeous and edgy I love INXS!

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