Five Questions With Orlando Bloom, AP article, January 17, 2002
By Christy Lemire
Orlando Bloom is an Internet darling, and he doesn't
even know it.
"Oh my God!" he exclaims when he learns that he's the most
searched-for person or thing on Lycos.com associated with "The Lord of
the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," in which he plays the archer elf
Legolas. This week, he's climbed to No. 22 on the Lycos top 50, up two
spots from last week. (The movie itself is No. 4.)
A Google.com search for "Orlando Bloom" reveals about 29,000 hits.
Ga-ga girls, who lovingly call him "Orli" and are establishing a fan
club, post photos of the 25-year-old British actor - Orlando staring,
In person, though, he couldn't be more pleasant or polite - all long
limbs and high cheekbones, dark, puppy-dog eyes and bright smiles.
At a Manhattan hotel restaurant recently, he asked the waiter for a
bottle of distilled mineral water with no ice. The waiter forgot to
bring it, but Bloom made no demands, threw no tantrum. He didn't even
ask for it a second time; someone else requested it for him.
Bloom also plays a brief but pivotal role in Ridley Scott's "Black
Hawk Down," as the Army Ranger whose fall from a helicopter sets in
motion the disastrous chain of events that occurred during the botched
U.S. mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993.
After shooting that and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy over the past
couple of years - the first major film work he's done - Bloom recently
traveled to India to unwind with friends.
1. What has been the biggest change for you?
Bloom: I just got back into civilization. I was in L.A. yesterday. I
haven't stopped anywhere in one place long enough to kind of confront
all the things that I have to in terms of the changes that need to be
made. The fact that I've just worked on two huge movies, I'm slowly
understanding what that means. I'm over the moon.
2. What was the hardest part of making each movie?
Bloom: There was no real hard part of 'Lord of the Rings.' Obviously,
18 months of filming was very draining. And at some point, you know, 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 together.
'Black Hawk' was a totally different experience. It was a huge
machine. It was five months, but it was Morocco which was a very
difficult environment to work in, much more so than New Zealand. It was
hot and it was dusty and dry.
3. Is there anything you can't do now because fans pester you?
Bloom: No, unless it's an organized event - like I just did the
'Regis & Kelly' show this morning - so obviously if people know you're
going to do that, then suddenly there's a lot more people around. But
no, I walk down the street and do my normal daily things. I think I'm
very unrecognizable because obviously I have dark hair and dark eyes and
olive complexion, whereas in 'Lord of the Rings' I had long blond hair
and blue eyes and pale complexion.
4. What do you think of all the Web sites that are devoted to you?
Bloom: That really freaks me out. That many people taking interest is
scary. The Internet is a scary thing. I'm a complete technophobe, which
is why I don't have e-mail. My mom wants me to start ... an official Web
5. One fan site describes you as "the outrageous actor." Are you
Bloom: I can be a little bit outrageous. I can be a lot of things.
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.