Orlando Interview, Girlfriend (Australia), June 2005
transcribed by Kate
Orlando walks into a Los Angeles hotel and slides onto a comfy couch.
dressed in jeans and a red tee with his tanned olive skin, he couldnt look
more like a Magnum Ego- yum! With his dog Sidi by his side, Orlando speaks to
GF about being a romantic, his movie Kingdom of Heaven and rumours. In the
epic movie Orlando plays the heroic Balian who tries to protect his country
during the 18th century.
GF: Hey Orlando, great to see you.
Orlando: you too.
GF:Whos the friend you've brought along?
O: This is my dog Sidi. I rescued him while I was shooting this movie. It was
such a special project for me in so many ways I got Sidi too. He's such a good
boy. Watch this. (he tells Sidi to lay down and roll over and the black labrador cross does it immediately
at his command). I'm trying to teach him a
few little tricks. He's my mate.
GF: There was a report we read in a magazine that Sidi went missing and you
launched an all-out search for him.
O: Really? That I lost my dog? Well there you go.
GF: Are you implying a lot of things which got written about you aren't true?
O: I've heard so many crazy stories that aren't true, its ridiculous.
GF: What's the craziest thing that has ever been said about you in the press?
O: A teen magazine once wrote that I got into this business so I could kiss
beautiful women, but I can tell you right now I never said that. Beautiful
women are wonderful but I wouldn't take a job just so I could kiss a beautiful
GF: You don't have to! You must have girls coming up to you all the time.
O: No, they're all too cool. They're all too cool to be in love with me.
GF: Your co-star Eva Green was telling us things got pretty crazy for you
while you were shooting Kingdom of Heaven in Spain with girls screaming after
O: Yeah. every time I left the hotel or when we were out shooting there would
be fans. I think it was like the circus had come to town and they were just
excited a Ridley Scott epic was being made there.
GF: Do you enjoy being famous?
O: It has its ups and downs. You know what though? I trust in humanity. I trust in each
individual. A young girl in Spain who's 13, if it makes her day to
have me sign something then great, but you know the truth is they don't know
me. They have an idea on who I am.
GF: How do you deal with it?
O: Don't believe everything you read.
GF: What do you think about people who look up to you or admire you?
O: I think it's so sweet when someone asks me to sign something or get their
photo taken with them, but your big fear is that they're going to meet you and
then be disappointed.
GF: Tell us why Kingdom of Heaven is so close to your heart.
O: I read this script as I was flying back from Mexico and I thought it was
amazing. I'd just finished troy and I'd played the cowardly younger brother
Paris and I wasn't looking to do an epic or sword movie. It was a opportunity
to play someone who is a polar opposite to Paris. you know, he's really a
reluctant hero. He's a guys guy and I like to this I'm more balian than I am
paris. I thought I'd be crazy not to do it.
GF: Everyone says you look more grown up in this. How does this make you feel?
O: That makes me feel great! Part of what I wanted to do with this was that
I wanted to look bigger so I ate a lot of food, pushed a lot of weights and ended
up putting on 10 kilos.
GF: If you could do anything you wished for a day what would you do?
O: I love hanging out with my friends and I love being with my family. I also
like taking this guy (pats Sidi) for long walks to that's what I would do. I'd
GF: You have a tattoo on your stomach from when you were 15. Tell us how you
got away with that!
O: Oh, it was easy (smiles). I made up this ridiculous story that it would
only last for 5 years.
GF: You've broken your bag, your leg, your arm, your nose - is anything unbroken.
O: Not much. I'm an adrenaline junkie. I was lucky I didn't injure my self