The Incredibly Charming Mr. Bloom, YM (US), January 2003
By Martine Bury
Do you have a nickname?
Not really, no. But there's a nickname that's
been picked up on the Internet, which is Orli. My mum tells me a lot of stuff
that goes on — she's on the Internet all the time. But I'm never really in one
place long enough to catch up with everything that's happening. So this is a
good opportunity for me to say, "Thank you very much, everybody who is working
on the Internet for me." I really do appreciate it!
Where did you grow
Canterbury, in Kent — which is about an hour south of London. I had a
nice childhood — good friends, good family, and a nice upbringing. I grew up in
a big house with lots of land around it, so we used to play in the garden. We'd
go out and dress up as all these different characters. We'd wear old army
clothes or funny hats or whatever.
Did you and your sister Samantha
We fought a lot as kids. We're just starting to get along
a lot better now that we're older. She did get me into clothes at a young age,
though. She used to dress me and she'd get stuff from thrift shops. I had
loafers and cowboy boots and cowboy shirts and, like, preppie-like check
What were you like as a kid?
I was more creative than
academic. I'd rather be out playing in the fields with my friends than sitting
in school. I think one of my school reports was, "Orlando is a really sweet kid,
but he's always looking out the window or in the hamster cage." It was only when
I went to drama school that I really started to appreciate education. I learned
about the great playwrights and great poets, and that really sparked my
What kind of stuff do you enjoy doing now?
to hang out with my friends. I like going for walks, walking my dog. I like
going on road trips. I love to travel. I did some mad sports in New Zealand
[where they filmed The Lord of the Rings] like bungee jumping — it's not
really dangerous, but it's pretty scary. I did a sky dive in New Zealand, too —
that was pretty freaky.
Did the other cast members get involved in the
When we arrived [in New Zealand], I used to say to
Elijah, Dom, and Billy, "Let's go fly by wire. Let's go bungee jumping. Let's go
buy mountain bikes and go mountain biking, or motor bikes and go motocross." And
they'd be like, "You've got to be crazy! We're going to kill ourselves doing
those sports." Then I came one day [and] said, "Let's go surfing. Let's just go
out and buy a surfboard and go surfing." And Billy was into it — eventually
everyone else got into it. I like to do things as a group, but I think I'm more
of a leader than a follower.
Sounds like you're bit of a
Ever since I saw Jaws, I have this terrible idea that a
shark's going to whip up and nip me away. I was surfing in New Zealand and a fin
flipped over while I was doing a moonlight surf. I freaked out, and then a
seal's head popped out of the water — a cute seal! But for a minute there, I was
What's in your CD player right now?
listening to the new Beck album, Jurassic 5, Ben Harper. And I always
listen to Jeff Buckley.
Where do you live now?
I don't really
live anywhere at the moment. I'm kind of floating. My mum's storing some of my
stuff in Canterbury, but I'm going to buy a place in London as soon as I get the
opportunity. I'd like to buy a place here [L.A.] as well, because I seem to
spend quite a lot of time here.
Are you good at doing different kinds
When I'm working on a character, I like to spend hours
working on the dialect or whatever it may be the character requires. When I was
doing the Nick Kelly [for the movie The Kelly Gang], I spoke in [an]
Irish [accent] pretty much the whole time.
What kind of role would you
like to play that you haven't tackled yet?
I like the idea of playing an
all-American boy. I think it'd be interesting.