An Interview with Orlando Bloom, handbag.com, August 2003
by Pippa Smith
Gorgeous Kentish lad Orlando Bloom has become a
Hollywood phenomenon since playing Legolas in Lord Of The Rings. Here, he talks
about women, work and new flick Pirates Of The Caribbean.
How does it feel to be
skyrocketing in Hollywood right now?
It's weird, isn't it? I don't know.
I still can't quite believe it, and it's a weird time for me right now. I feel
really lucky for the opportunity to work because that's all I ever wanted to do,
Do you get overwhelmed?
Yeah, totally, all the time. That's the
hardest thing - you start to live the dream but it's not quite what you thought
it was going to be and there's a lot of overwhelming stuff that comes with it. I
suppose that there are adjustments I have to make, and I'm working on it.
What's the hardest thing about making movies?
There's always a
collective group that has to come together to make a movie - 200 people or more,
sometimes. If you think that an artist starts with a blank canvas and paints
something, or a sculptor does it all on his own, and then compare that to making
a film... Getting a group of people to have a like mind, all going for the same
goal and going for it with the same energy is one of the hardest things. You
don't want too many cooks in the kitchen, but you need to have a few cooks to
get the movie made! It's an amazing feat.
How do you feel about your heart-throb status?
thing has only really recently become apparent to me and I hope that it won't
stop me from making more interesting career choices. I feel like there's a
certain rite of passage associated with this industry... like Johnny (Depp) went
through on 21 Jump Street or something. He created his heart-throb status
unintentionally, but that led him to being able to do whatever he likes. People
love to work with Johnny and I'm hoping that I'll get the same opportunity.
Is it awesome being with women who most guys just dream about?
I feel really lucky because I've always liked women. I love women. I grew up
with my mother and sister. I get to work with Keira Knightly in Pirates Of The
Caribbean, and to answer your question, I do feel grateful to be around
beautiful women. All guys love beautiful women, and I get to work with Diane
Kruger in Troy, with Liv Tyler and Cate Blanchett in Lord Of The Rings and,
sure, beautiful women are amazing.
What did you think of Johnny Depp's character in Pirates Of The Caribbean?
Johnny amazes me. He took a character that read like your average,
swashbuckling pirate and created a magical, hilarious, drunken, sea-legged Keith
Richard-type number. He was so courageous with that role. It could've gone
wrong, but he just bit the bullet and took it all the way.
Is he an inspiration for you?
Oh yeah, absolutely. He's been my
guideline, really, as a young actor, and I think that any young actor of my
generation will tell you the same thing. We look at Johnny Depp and we think,
'There's someone who's probably one of the best-looking guys on screen and he
manages to morph into these characters that he plays and become a completely
different person.' There are lots of talented actors out there doing that, but
Johnny's cool. He's Johnny Depp!
He's said that he doesn't like to see the final result of his
Yeah, I know. I talked to him about that as well. It's
fascinating. He doesn't read magazines, either, but then, neither do I. I mean,
I do when they're around, but I just don't follow popular culture, really.
Is Johnny Depp's modest approach to acting unusual?
beautiful. His modesty is what makes him who he is and it's so inspiring for me
to see it first-hand. It's the same with Brad (Pitt) actually. I'm working with
him on Troy. Johnny and Brad are similar like that - very gracious.
What's your strength when it comes to acting?
I don't know. I try
to keep it very truthful. I try to play the human element of a character... but
you know what? I'm 26 and still figuring it all out.
Did you ever dream that this would be your career?
Have you gone back to New
Zealand to re-shoot Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King?
No, no... And
you know? I've chosen to work and everything's happened for me and I feel really
grateful for it, but I haven't made a conscious effort to get involved in that.
I've just responded to the material. Lord Of The Rings was a no-brainer,
obviously. I did Black Hawk Down to work under Ridley Scott, and Ned Kelly is a
smaller kind of film...
Yes, I have,
and it was the third and final time. Peter (Jackson) wanted to do this thing
with Legolas that he'd kind of done in the first two films, where my character
runs over the back of the cave troll or slides down the stairs or jumps, and he
had an idea that he wanted to combine all of that and create a really great
moment for Legolas in the third movie, and so we shot that.
What's your favourite type of movie to work on?
It was fun to be in
Pirates Of The Caribbean, but Lord Of The Rings was amazing. The world they
created for that was my favourite.
What do you do with your time off?
I don't have much time off, but
when I do, I try to just enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, catching
up on movies, reading some books and listening to some new music. When you're
away on location you don't get access to all of the stuff that you do when
you're at home, so I try to catch up with things I might've missed out on. A lot
of that is just spending time with the people who are important to me.