The Ultimate Orlando Bloom Fact File from Big Hit (Aus), September, 2002|
Transcribed by en penumbras
Do you think you know a lot about Orlando Bloom? Guess
again! Here's everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings
Full name: Orlando Bloom
Born: January 13, 1977 in
Canterbury, England, UK
Brown. Did you know that for The Lord of the Rings, Orli had to wear special
contact lenses to make his eyes look super-blue?
Hair: He may have long blond
hair in The Lord of the Rings, but his natural hair colour in
Tattoos: He has two - the Elvish symbol for nine on his wrist (the
entire LOTR fellowship has one, and a tiny sun below his belly button. "You
have to be quite serious about tattoos [because] they're there forever," he
Family: Orlando has one sister, Samantha, who is also an actor. His
dad, Harry Bloom, was a legendary figure in anti-apartheid circles in South
Africa and worked alongside Nelson Mandela. "Harry was a great man who died
when I was four, and it was as if he'd done his job and then left the world."
Orli has said in the past.
Marital status: Single. "My career is about the
most special thing in my life at the moment and my friends and family. But
there's on romance." Poor little thing!
First Hollywood crush: Linda Evans.
"I used to watch Dynasty as a kid. My aunt is a commercial producer in New York
and she'd done a commercial with her. I can still remember getting this signed
photo of Linda."
Pets: A dog named Maude.
First job: A clay trapper when
his was 13. "I set the clay disks the gentlemen would try to shoot" he says.
"it was fun to be out in the fresh air."
What he was like at school: "I never
really responded to teaching." Orli says cheekily. "I was always far more
interested in what was happening on the playing fields."
"Jamiroquai at a gig in my hometown of Canterbury."
Why he wanted to be an
actor: " When I was younger, I had an incredible imagination, like most kids,
and I was always drawn to these larger-than-life characters that I would see
either at the theatre, on TV or at the cinema. Once I was old enough to realize
that those characters weren't real, they were actors - once I realized that I
could be Superman or I could be the Hustler or I could be Daniel Day Lewis'
character in The Last of the Mohicans - I was like, "Man, I can become an actor
and be all of those things!
First movie that stuck in his mind: Orli's first
movie memory is of the Hustler starring Paul Newman, "I just loved it, man. From
then on, it was a done deal."
Footsteps he'd like to follow in: Johnny Depp's
"He's made some interesting choices and he's preserved his integrity. I admire
that in an actor." Orlando also admires Edward Norton and Daniel Day
First memorable role: His cameo in the movie Wilde, which starred
Jude Law. He got lots of movie offers after that but turned them down to focus
on theatre for three years, taking on roles in famous plays like Twelfth Night
and The Seagull.
Girls he falls for: OB says he likes blondes and "Nice,
sweet girls" But is he a good boyfriend? "I'm a good boyfriend, but I'm pretty
intense," Orli says. "When you are with me it's exciting, fun and very
intense. At the same time I'm easy-going. But it depends on the girl I'm
Bad habits: "I bite my nails. Seriously, I've quit smoking so it
feels pretty good right now. On the other hand I have a tendency to drift off,
disappear into my own little world. Some people might take that as if I'm being
First car: A green VW Gold. "I bought it for 160 quid [about $230]
at an auction. I still wish I had it."
Hobbies: "I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I love to go out there and do kind of crazy stuff which is slightly
outrageous, like bungee-jumping, skydiving, surfing and that sort of stuff. But
I also like to just chill with my friends and go and see movies and do normal
things." In fact, Orli actually learned to surf while filming LOTR in New
Zealand, along with his co-star pals Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and
Bungee-jumping: "I went off at the highest bungee jump in New
Zealand, 134 meters, like six times. To throw yourself in the air with only
something attached to you feet is a different head space altogether."
He's accident-prone: Perhaps not surprisingly when you look at his hobbies, Orli says he has broken almost every bone he has - his back, ribs, nose,
legs, toe, finger, wrist and skull. He once fell three floors out of a window
while trying to get to a roof terrace. Doctors thought he would never walk
again. "I actually had a miraculous recovery. I walked out in 12 days, pinned
and platted, it refocused me, made me really appreciate life," Orli says.
now knows he's not invincible: "I was quite fearless as a kid, but I've realized I'm not invincible. That's what breaking your back does - it makes you
grow up and reassess life."
Fears: Sharks. "Me and Billy Boyd, who plays
Pippin in LOTR, were out surfing late one night during the NZ shootings. Billy saw a fin and started paddling towards me in panic. It turned out to be a seal,
but we were all jittery and got out of the water right away." We don't blame
First CD: This music buff's first was 'Edie Brickell and New
Bohemians." But 'Thriller' [by Michael Jackson] was my first 45" [vinyl
Reading The Lord of the Rings: "When I was 14, I picked up The Lord
of the Rings. I got about halfway through it and then got distracted and got
into sports and music and girls."
Getting the part in the movie: "It was the
opportunity of a lifetime." he says. "There was never any question whether I
would do or wouldn't do it, it was just a case of, 'Where do I sign up?' It's
been the best time ever and a life-changing experience."
Describing his LOTR
character Legolas: "Elves have angelic spirits, deepest sorrow, greatest joy.
I'm the eyes and ears of the fellowship and switched on all the time because
elves don't sleep."
Training for the movie: "I was the first of the cast to
arrive and the first thing they did was put a bow in my hand. I started using
the bow and getting to grips with the archery, so by the end of the week, I was
taking paper plates out of the sky, trying to get some real dynamic movement
into the way I used the bow. It's an extension of his body, so I had be
proficient in that." He also developed his bareback horse riding skills and
learned to fight Elvin style - which is a mix of ancient European and Asian
Hardest thing about filming: "There was no real hard part of The
Lord of the Rings. Obviously 18 months of filming was very draining. And at
some point, we were working very long hours - I did nine weeks of night
shoots... You're obviously going to hit a wall at certain points when you're
working for that length of time, but we all kind of worked together and pulled
each other through."
Reaction to LOTR web sites: "That really freaks me out.
That many people taking an interest is scary. The Internet is a scary thing.
I'm a complete technophobe, which is why I don't have e-mail. My mum wants me
to start and official web page." Us too!
On acting: "I still find it
unbelievable that I'm being paid to do something that I love. It's like being a
Being a sex symbol: "I think all the attention is scary.
Fortunately a lot of people don't recognize me without the wig I'm wearing in
Lord of the Rings."
His friends: "I have friends around me who would hit me
as soon as I get arrogant."
Right now: Orlando has been in Victoria,
Australia filming Ned Kelly with a host of Australian stars including Heath
Ledger. He even accepted his MTV Movie Award (for Best Breakthrough
Performance) via satellite from our shores because he couldn't leave the set! In
his speech (pictured right) he said "Hey, I'm sorry I can't be there with you in
L.A. I wish I was. I'm here in Melbourne, Australia making a movie about a
bunch of Irish outlaws, which is quite mad. But if that isn't mad enough, I'm
sitting here and I'm receiving THIS, this beautiful MTV Award which has been
voted for by you guys, and I'm so grateful... I hope you enjoy the second movie
as much as the first one. And to all the people who I love in my life, thanks a
lot. Lots of love. Bye." Nice one!