The Next Big Thing, from Glamour Magazine, August,
Hip, hot Brit acting talent Orlando Bloom landed a
mega-role straight out of college. Watch him go….
The tanned 24-year-old with cheekbones like wing mirrors has spent so little
time in London lately he's sold his flat.
Straight out of drama school, the Canterbury lad landed a role in Lord of the
Rings with Liv Tyler
Blanchett. Donning Spock-like eras and a flowing blonde wig, he spent 18
months in New Zealand filming as Legolas Greenleaf a
2,931-year-old Elf. "I wanted him to be substantial, a red-blooded fighting
machine," he says. So he spent hours practicing archery, bareback riding and
fighting with knives.
His route to stardom included taking bit parts in Casualty and Wilde, but he
credits his career to Superman: "Aged nine, I had this girl friend, and we used
to have running races in the park to see who would be her boyfriend for the day.
I wanted to be like Superman and fly in and rescue her. Once I realised Superman
was an actor, I though, 'That's for me, mate.'" He Grins. "I got into acting for
After Lord of the Rings, he's in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, with Josh
Hartnett and Ewan McGregor, which he spent months filming in the scorching
So does the jet-set Orlando date? "If I'm dating anything it's my work at the
moment," he says. "But out of the blue I did send a plane ticket to a girl asking her to visit. I guess that's quite romantic." So
if you do bump into Orlando, remember to keep your passport handy.