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The Ultimate Orlando Bloom Fact File from Big Hit (Aus), September, 2002
Transcribed by en penumbras

Do you think you know a lot about Orlando Bloom? Guess again! Here's everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings hottie...

Full name: Orlando Bloom
Age: 25
Born: January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, England, UK
Nickname: Orli
Height: 180cm
Eye colour: Brown.  Did you know that for The Lord of the Rings, Orli had to wear special contact lenses to make his eyes look super-blue?
Hair: He may have long blond hair in The Lord of the Rings, but his natural hair colour in brown.
Tattoos:  He has two - the Elvish symbol for nine on his wrist (the entire LOTR fellowship has one, and a tiny sun below his belly button.  "You have to be quite serious about tattoos [because] they're there forever," he says.
Family:  Orlando has one sister, Samantha, who is also an actor.  His dad, Harry Bloom, was a legendary figure in anti-apartheid circles in South Africa and worked alongside Nelson Mandela. "Harry was a great man who died when I was four, and it was as if he'd done his job and then left the world." Orli has said in the past.
Marital status: Single. "My career is about the most special thing in my life at the moment and my friends and family.  But there's on romance." Poor little thing!
First Hollywood crush:  Linda Evans.  "I used to watch Dynasty as a kid.  My aunt is a commercial producer in New York and she'd done a commercial with her.  I can still remember getting this signed photo of Linda."
Pets: A dog named Maude.
First job: A clay trapper when his was 13.  "I set the clay disks the gentlemen would try to shoot" he says. "it was fun to be out in the fresh air."
What he was like at school: "I never really responded to teaching." Orli says cheekily. "I was always far more interested in what was happening on the playing fields."
First concert: "Jamiroquai at a gig in my hometown of Canterbury."
Why he wanted to be an actor: " When I was younger, I had an incredible imagination, like most kids, and I was always drawn to these larger-than-life characters that I would see either at the theatre, on TV or at the cinema.  Once I was old enough to realize that those characters weren't real,  they were actors - once I realized that I could be Superman or I could be the Hustler or I could be Daniel Day Lewis' character in The Last of the Mohicans - I was like, "Man, I can become an actor and be all of those things!
First movie that stuck in his mind:  Orli's first movie memory is of the Hustler starring Paul Newman, "I just loved it, man.  From then on, it was a done deal."
Footsteps he'd like to follow in: Johnny Depp's "He's made some interesting choices and he's preserved his integrity.  I admire that in an actor." Orlando also admires Edward Norton and Daniel Day Lewis.
First memorable role:  His cameo in the movie Wilde, which starred Jude Law.  He got lots of movie offers after that but turned them down to focus on theatre for three years, taking on roles in famous plays like Twelfth Night and The Seagull.
Girls he falls for: OB says he likes blondes and "Nice, sweet girls"  But is he a good boyfriend? "I'm a good boyfriend, but I'm pretty intense," Orli says.  "When you are with me it's exciting, fun and very intense.  At the same time I'm easy-going.  But it depends on the girl I'm with."
Bad habits:  "I bite my nails.  Seriously, I've quit smoking so it feels pretty good right now.  On the other hand I have a tendency to drift off, disappear into my own little world.  Some people might take that as if I'm being rude."
First car:  A green VW Gold.  "I bought it for 160 quid [about $230] at an auction.  I still wish I had it."
Hobbies: "I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I love to go out there and do kind of crazy stuff which is slightly outrageous, like bungee-jumping, skydiving, surfing and that sort of stuff.  But I also like to just chill with my friends and go and see movies and do normal things."  In fact, Orli actually learned to surf while filming LOTR in New Zealand, along with his co-star pals Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood.
Bungee-jumping:  "I went off at the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, 134 meters, like six times.  To throw yourself in the air with only something attached to you feet is a different head space altogether." Eeek!
He's accident-prone:  Perhaps not surprisingly when you look at his hobbies, Orli says he has broken almost every bone he has - his back, ribs, nose, legs, toe, finger, wrist and skull.  He once fell three floors out of a window while trying to get to a roof terrace.  Doctors thought he would never walk again.  "I actually had a miraculous recovery.  I walked out in 12 days, pinned and platted, it refocused me, made me really appreciate life," Orli says.
He now knows he's not invincible:  "I was quite fearless as a kid, but I've realized I'm not invincible. That's what breaking your back does - it makes you grow up and reassess life."
Fears:  Sharks.  "Me and Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in LOTR, were out surfing late one night during the NZ shootings.  Billy saw a fin and started paddling towards me in panic.  It turned out to be a seal, but we were all jittery and got out of the water right away."  We don't blame you!
First CD:  This music buff's first was 'Edie Brickell and New Bohemians." But 'Thriller' [by Michael Jackson] was my first 45" [vinyl single].
Reading The Lord of the Rings: "When I was 14, I picked up The Lord of the Rings.  I got about halfway through it and then got distracted and got into sports and music and girls."
Getting the part in the movie:  "It was the opportunity of a lifetime."  he says.  "There was never any question whether I would do or wouldn't do it, it was just a case of, 'Where do I sign up?' It's been the best time ever and a life-changing experience."
Describing his LOTR character Legolas:  "Elves have angelic spirits, deepest sorrow, greatest joy.  I'm the eyes and ears of the fellowship and switched on all the time because elves don't sleep."
Training for the movie:  "I was the first of the cast to arrive and the first thing they did was put a bow in my hand.  I started using the bow and getting to grips with the archery, so by the end of the week, I was taking paper plates out of the sky, trying to get some real dynamic movement into the way I used the bow.  It's an extension of his body, so I had be proficient in that."  He also developed his bareback horse riding skills and learned to fight Elvin style - which is a mix of ancient European and Asian fighting.
Hardest thing about filming:  "There was no real hard part of The Lord of the Rings.  Obviously 18 months of filming was very draining.  And at some point, we were working very long hours - I did nine weeks of night shoots... You're obviously going to hit a wall at certain points when you're working for that length of time, but we all kind of worked together and pulled each other through."
Reaction to LOTR web sites:  "That really freaks me out.  That many people taking an interest is scary.  The Internet is a scary thing.  I'm a complete technophobe, which is why I don't have e-mail.  My mum wants me to start and official web page."  Us too!
On acting:  "I still find it unbelievable that I'm being paid to do something that I love.  It's like being a footballer." 
Being a sex symbol:  "I think all the attention is scary.  Fortunately a lot of people don't recognize me without the wig I'm wearing in Lord of the Rings."
His friends:  "I have friends around me who would hit me as soon as I get arrogant."
Right now:  Orlando has been in Victoria, Australia filming Ned Kelly with a host of Australian stars including Heath Ledger.  He even accepted his MTV Movie Award (for Best Breakthrough Performance) via satellite from our shores because he couldn't leave the set! In his speech (pictured right) he said "Hey, I'm sorry I can't be there with you in L.A. I wish I was.  I'm here in Melbourne, Australia making a movie about a bunch of Irish outlaws, which is quite mad.  But if that isn't mad enough, I'm sitting here and I'm receiving THIS, this beautiful MTV Award which has been voted for by you guys, and I'm so grateful... I hope you enjoy the second movie as much as the first one.  And to all the people who I love in my life, thanks a lot.  Lots of love.  Bye."  Nice one!