What's It Like Being a Film Star's Mum? Blooming Fab!, Kentish Gazette (UK), March 11, 2004
THE mother of Canterbury-born film star Orlando Bloom has
revealed how his runaway success has launched her into a jet-set
Sonia Copeland was speaking to film-goers before a charity
screening of Ned Kelly, which stars her son, at the Gulbenkian Theatre on Sunday
in aid of Seeds for Africa.
Mrs Copeland, who lives in the city, is an
ambassador for the charity which was founded five years ago and is based at Kent
She said: "The question I get asked most these days is 'what
is it like to be the mother of a famous film star?'
"Well, it is very
exciting as you might expect in fact, mind blowing.
"I have suddenly
found that I am a lot more popular and I have had to buy a lot of nice new
clothes for all the film premieres I have been going to.
"For example, I
flew first class to New Zealand for the Lord of the Rings and met all the cast
who are now friends.
"But it is also very exciting to see behind the
scenes about how the films are made.
"Orlando's success has changed my
life but I take no credit for it.
"He has got there by his own
personality and determination and he lives life to the full."
"But I am mystified that his sites on the web are apparently the third most
visited in the world at present.
"He just tells me that he doesn't want
to know about all that stuff because he is trying to keep his feet on the
"But he has a lot more films in the pipeline, including Troy with
Mrs Copeland said she was pleased to support Seeds for Africa
because both her father and late husband had connections with the
She has also presented the charity with a signed poster of
Orlando which is on display in the Gulbenkian Theatre foyer and is being
auctioned until Sunday.
Anyone wanting to make a bid should contact the
box office on 01227 769075.
The screening raised £500 for Seeds for
Since it was founded by Albert Bullock from the University five
years ago, the charity has raised £250,000 towards helping to create school
gardens in Africa, where there are 600 projects under way.
Its aim is to
help children learn how to grow and manage their own fruit and vegetables.