Bloom is Back!, J-17 (UK), October 2003
typed by Claddagh for ka-Bloom
It's safe to say that Britain's very own babe, Orlando,
has definitely made it into the Hollywood A-list. Not only did he rub shoulders
with Johnny Depp in his last film POTC but this month he joins Aussie legend
Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly. We always knew he was tipped for big
So, how was releasing your inner pirate in Pirates of the
I used to play pirates in the backyard when I was a kid.
But I'm not really into games. I mean, I never play video games and that kind of
stuff. a lot of actors do that in their downtime on sets but I
How do you feel that kids are playing you as Legolas in
It makes me a little nervous actually.
grow up in a showbiz-type of family?
Yeah, my mum really encouraged
the acting. She got me involved in this acting group where I did Bible and
poetry readings. I used to do quite well in that and it gave me a taste for the
limelight. I must have loved the attention when I was little! (laughs). Then, I
did school plays when I was at school. I did Pirates of Penzance actually at my
school in Canterbury.
How does it feel when you see posters of
yourself in the street?
It's weird, I mean I'm in the business
because I love the work. I love the acting part, but they have to promote the
films and so that's just a part of it I guess.
Do you feel detached
A little bit, sometimes. I think that unfortunately people
like to get caught up in the drama of the person's real life and my life is so
less interesting than the characters I play. It's like "do me a favour, if you
want to talk about something talk about those characters". My life is so boring
Your life sounds glamorous!
Believe me, it's
You have, not so glamourously starred opposite Johnny
Depp and now you're shooting Troy, with Brad Pitt. Does it get better than
I know, I feel really lucky to be in that position right now
because as a young actor I get to witness first-hand how they go about doing
what they do. As a young actor I would watch Johnny's and Brad's films and go
Wow that's the stuff to do! And now I can pick their brains about how they go
about maintaining their cool.
What advice have they given
They have both told me to not go for the money and to listen to my
heart. People want to throw a lot of money around I this business and they've
warned me not to sell out or else further down the line I'll end up regretting
You're making big bucks. What have your spend your money
I've bought a nice watch that I'm really happy with., I bought a home
for myself in England that is great. Aside from that I kind of waited for a long
time to spend some money. I mean I haven't bought a car yet. I haven't really
been extravagant. I'm still figuring it all out. It could all suddenly go away
and I have to pay off my house first.
Are you still dating Kate
Bosworth (from Blue Crush)?
I don't really talk about that. You know
how I was talking about all that stuff before? Well, now I've learned to keep
quiet about it. (J17 spotted Orlando with Kate just before our interview in LA
so you can come to your own conclusions girls!)
Would you like to work with her one
I think I'd like to keep everything separate. Like I don't talk about my family and stuff too because it's not really
What about luck.. do you believe in that?
definitely. About four years ago I fell three stories out of a window and landed
on a roof terrace. I crushed one vertebrae and fractured three others. The
doctors told me I'd never walk again. But I had an operation and two weeks later
I walked out of the hospital on crutches. I was laying in bed seriously coming
to terms with the fact that I may never be able to walk again. I reckon I have
to be the luckiest guy out there!"
Ned Kelly is out on 26th September