We Love Orlando!, Teen People (US), February 2004
typed by Mithfacwen, scans by Christine
picture caption: Whether he's sporting blond braids as Legolas in
'The Lord of the Rings' or curly hair and a ruffled shirt as
swashbuckling Will in 'Pirates of the Caribbean', babe of the moment
Orlando Bloom is hot, hot, hot!
Who knew an elf could be so sexy? But Orlando Bloom is more than a
pointy-eared Middle-earther in Lord of the Rings trilogy-much more.
He's the ultimate romantic leading man: Those dark curls and deep
brown eyes and that sweet, sensitive face have landed him roles like
Will Turner, the valiant protector of fair ladies in Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and legendary lover boy
Paris in the upcoming Greek mythology movie Troy. And don't think
for a minute that his allure is all smoke, mirrors and movie
magic--take it from Keira Knightly, Pirates' lucky lass, who says
his sizzle is genuine. But hey, don't be jealous!
We've got the goods on all things Orlando right here.
A Rough Start
Orlando, 26, is a screen natural, but it took determination to make
it in the movies. In elementary school, Orlando had a tough time:
He was dyslexic so he struggled with his classwork. Luckily, his
mom, Sonia, encouraged Orli (his nickname) to pursue acting by
taking him to the theater often. But it wasn't Shakespeare that
inspired the Canterbury, England, native-it was cheesy TV reruns!
"When I realized the heroes on The A-Team and Knight Rider weren't
real, I decided I wanted to act because I thought 'I'd love to be
any number of those guys,'" admits Orlando.
At 16, the wannabe thespian moved to London and joined the
National Youth Theatre; he attended the prestigious Guildhall
School of Music and Drama two years later.
A Near Tragedy
Despite his accomplishments, Orlando's career almost came to an
abrupt end. In 1998, the daredevil was goofing off on his friends
roof when he fell and broke his back. Doctors thought he might
never walk again. "Imagine having four nurses to move you, wash
you, do everything for you," Orlando says of this difficult time.
But 12 days later, he hobbled out of the hospital. While he says
he's not an adrenaline junkie, he has tried skydiving, bungee
jumping, snowboarding and surfing. And just a few months after his
spill from the roof, Orlando graduated from Guildhall, won the role
of the elf Legolas and headed to New Zealand to work on LOTR.
"It was fantastic because I came straight out of drama school, and
it was an amazing opportunity." says Orlando.
Once the first installment of LOTR hit theaters, Orlando shot to
mega-stardom overnight. "It's funny when you start to live the dream
you'd always hoped for but never really imagined possible," he says.
Especially since his fame has also made him a hit with women. Yet
the notoriously tight-lipped Orlando refuses to dish on his romantic
life: "I don't like to talk about that stuff. It's not necessary."
All he'll say about current flame Kate Bosworth (see "What the Stars
say about Orlando" above right) is: "She's a great girl." Spoken
like a hero...and a true hottie.
-With reporting by Dina Sansing
1- With fans-ok girls- flocking after you, do you ever get time for
Although it's a little overwhelming at times, I know that it goes
with the territory and I appreciate it. I've been working for the
past four years nonstop-which I'm grateful for-but I always make
time for my family and friends
2- I have a few questions: What's your biggest fear? What music do
you like and What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
My fears: failure, being eaten by a shark when surfing and not
living in the moment. For music I enjoy Coldplay, Radiohead, Jack
Johnson and Kings of Leon. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint
3- What was your worst acting job?
When I was four years old, I played a monkey in a monkey suit. It
was really hot onstage. I itched my (butt) and the entire audience
laughed at me.
4- When you see a girl, what is the first thing you notice about her?
Her eyes and smile.
5- Would you do me a favor and bring my best friend, Janal, to the
prom this year? She's totally in love with you!