OHMIGOD! A Heartthrob in Bloom, from Newsweek Magazine, June 17, 2002|
by Katherine Stroup
Face: That launched a thousand fan sites.
It's not easy being a girl. And not just because of the acne
and the algebra. There's also the task of monitoring the ever-shifting landscape
of teen popularity. (Boy bands? So last Wednesday.) The current object of their
collective affection? Orlando Bloom. Most people past puberty haven't heard of
him, but Bloom just made Teen People's list of "25 Hottest Stars Under 25," and
next month he'll be named one of YM's "20 Hottest Guys." (Hint: he's the one
running from fans in those ubiquitous Gap ads.) The Brit had only a minor role
in "The Lord of the Rings," as the pale elf with the waist-length blond hair.
But somehow girls saw through the Bon Jovi phenomenon, spotting the hottie
hiding beneath that coif. Since then Bloom - who seems intent on dodging the
teen-idol mantle - has starred in "Black Hawk Down," and he's currently filming
a Western. "Orlando's a very serious actor," says his publicist. That's right,
he's not just eye candy. He's classically
trained eye candy.