SPA Article from SPA magazine (Japan), March 2002
originally posted at OBmultimedia and translated by Naoko
"Who is that beautiful guy with the blonde hair?"
It's Orlando Bloom who plays Legolas in the film "The Lord of the
Rings", which is leading the field with 13 nominations in the race for the
Academy Awards, and is now every women's darling.
This is his first acting debut in a motion picture. In the Lord
of the Rings he has blond hair and moves gracefully like a cat. Not only did he
receive lots of attention from movie fans but from Hollywood producers as well.
In other words he has become a star.
Orlando: "Sorry, I'm dead beat because we had a nightlong party."
He appeared for the interview looking cheerfully, but I was like,
"Your hair and your eyes are dark!?"
Orlando: "I wore a wig and contact lenses when filming. My
appearance is different from Legolas in the film, so nobody notices me on the
I thought the noble Legolas was
attractive, but the real Bloom is
also beautiful. He never stayed still during the interview even though he said
he's so exhausted.
Orlando: "The audition was so hot because almost all young actors
in London went for it. So I tried to see how well I can do. The filming was like
a physical test of endurance. It was hard but I kept going and tried to perform
How did he feel about his sudden popularity?
Orlando: "I don't feel so much that it is real because I, myself, haven't
changed...I'm just very happy that there are more chances to get a job."
"People said that he has a photogenic face, but anyway, I was so
surprised at his breakthrough. He is certainly a straight ahead handsome guy, he
is very shy and a very nice guy," said Kokami Shoji, editor of the SPA magazine.
Orlando is a golden boy crashing at his friend's houses though he
has gotten ahead in the world.