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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meh on

It’s pretty good, but I think she will have a bigger and better career in modeling and acting. She is extremely beautiful, and she blew me away in Lord Of The Rings. I have definetly heard better voices, but hey, who am I to judge?
First Comment, Woo Hoo!!!!!!

Ellie on

It’s amazing that anyone can ‘sing’ these days. I think she is absolutely beautiful and the campaign is definitely intriguing…but singer, not so much!

Guest on

The song in this ad is very electronic in it’s sound so you can’t really tell what a good singer she is. Not many people know she sang for the Lord of the Rings. It’s called “Arwen’s Song.” Look it up, it’s beautiful.

LaJuan on

I think she did a great job. I really enjoyed it. If singing is something she would love to persue I think she should.

Penny on

Wow! Great job, Liv!

Chyna on

I would switch the channel on the radio for sure.

I love her movies and she’s a beautiful girl – a singer, not so much.

But she does have guts for giving it a go.

Kris on

Great job Liv! You looked and sounded great! Love the eye liner. Wish I knew how to do it for a date night out with my boyfriend!!

Blair on

I think you are throwing around the term “dancing” a little loosely, don’t you? Come on, she wiggles and slides down a wall pretty well, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone to agree that is dancing. Her meeting with the choreographer need not have lasted more than “raise your arms, shake your hair, and press your lips together.” I won’t even start on her electric “singing”… she is a pretty girl and that’s all that matters.

Lulu on

RAD!! Love Liv!!

Grace on

Actually, Enya sings “Arwen’s Song” in LOTR. What Liv does sing is the music in the extended version of “The Return of the King”. She sings the music for “The Houses of Healing” when Aragorn is tending to Eowyn. Sadly, it’s not on the soundtracks but it’s really beautiful and a song that demonstrates she has some range to her voice – not the electronic stuff like here – but a hauntingly pretty sound. If you google “Liv Tyler Houses of Healing” you will find it and can have a listen.

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