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Up Next: True Brit, Vogue (US), December 2002
text from thebluekat, scan from Orliness

"I'm always amazed anyone's interested in what I have to say," says 25-year old actor Orlando Bloom. He won't be able to get away with that line much longer. Virtually unknown a year ago, he' s emerging as the next big Brit, thanks to a barrage of recent performances including a ponytailed elfin warrior in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the second installment of which opens this month. "I've been incredibly fortunate," Bloom says of the "huge, rapid roller-coaster ride" he's now enjoying, despite the fact that his "mum" back in Canterbury keeps telling him that people make their own luck. Whatever the source, Bloom has indeed been very lucky. In fact, he's just completed his first leading role, as a milkman/amateur boxer boxer in the low-budget British film The Calcium Kid and is currently working with Johnny Depp in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean.

Bloom's heroes are mainly American film stars-with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen at the top of his list. "As English actors, we look at these old American movie stars and think, God, how cool!" He has refreshingly little to say about his own technique, however- "It sounds slightly self-indulgent to hear some actor wanking on how you get into your role." He'd much rather talk about the joys of moviemaking; the people, the camaraderie, the locations (Morocco for Black Hawk Down, Austrailia for The Kelly Gang, New Zealand - where he got serious about surfing - for The Lord of the Rings, and now the Caribbean island of St. Vincent for Pirates). "The process of making a movie is what I love," Bloom says. "I thrive on that. It's an exciting miracle. It's a mad adventure. I love being part of it."