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The Secret Lives of Orlando and Kirsten, Teen People (US), November 2005
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TEEN PEOPLE EXCLUSIVE! Orlando Bloom, 28, and Kirsten Dunst, 23 -- costars in the romantic movie Elizabethtown (October 14) -- dish on each other, love at first sight and more to TRENDSPOTTERS Jillian Ann Baker, Jillian Henry and Synmia Nicholas

Orlando Interview

JH: Tell us about your new movie, Elizabethtown.
I play a guy named Drew Baylor. He's lost everything and is really down about it until this girl, [Claire, played by] Kirsten Dunst, comes into his life and turns it all around. She introduces him to a way of life that he never really appreciated.

JH: How was working with Kirsten?
Great. She's a supertalented actress first of all, but she's just a really lovely girl, down to her core. She gives a very multilayered performance. Claire is a really beautiful character -- she's like light. Drew is in the shade for a little bit; she's the light drawing him out.

JH: Were you excited to do a modern movie?
No sword! No bow and arrow! No costume! It was cool.

JH: Any embarrassing moments on the set?
There was this beautiful yellow bridge over an amazing river. There were a lot of people there because I guess they knew about the movie and were all expecting me. I had to do this scene where I had to dance -- it's a moment where Drew lets go. You know when you dance and suddenly feel so liberated, like you're releasing all these shackles that have been holding you? It was that moment. It was highly embarrassing because there were paparazzi and people there.

JH: Did you want to act in high school? [Orlando attended St. Edmund's School in Canterbury, England.]
I never really told anyone this, but my mom reminded me I wanted to be a stuntman. I loved this [TV] show The Fall Guy [about a stuntman-bounty hunter]. I couldn't be a stuntman as a kid, but I could join drama classes. So when I realized if I were an actor I could be any character I wanted, I was more excited by that than by throwing myself off things. [At 16, Orli moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre.]

JH: Did you have any teenage insecurities?
I suppose my dyslexia. It made me feel like I wasn't smart enough. Some people are just brain boxes, but then in everyday [situations] they're clueless. I was street-smart -- I was always bright, but I found it harder in the classroom. Once I [passed] my exams, I felt better because I knew that I could do it if I applied myself.

JH: Did you ever get into trouble in school?
When I was about eight or nine, I was lifting up girls' skirts. I thought it was quite fun, but I was young. I remember because [I got spanked].

JH: Did you date a lot?
Dating is different in England. You guys have dating here -- which I never really knew about -- which is where [a person] can date different people and you just have a casual [thing]. We didn't have that. But I was comfortable with girls growing up. I enjoyed their company.

JH: Do you believe in love at first sight?
I think it varies for all of us. There's definitely a moment of "Wow" that happens.

JH: What's the sweetest thing you've done for a girl?
It's the little things that count. Leaving notes and flowers and funny little things [for her] to find.

JH: How can a girl get your attention?
Smile. I really like smiling.

JB: If you quit acting, what would you do?
I would be a photographer or maybe a sculptor. From 16 to 18, I studied photography, sculpture and theater. I actually did better in my exams in photography and sculpture than I did in theater studies.

JB: How do you handle screaming fans?
The screaming-fan thing happens at events, like a premiere. When there's a bunch of people who are like, "We love you," it's like, "Cool, because I do it for you!" [Elizabethtown director Cameron Crowe recalls: "We were driving to the premiere in Venice and we were late. The streets were lined with fans, and Orlando demanded that the car stop, and he got out to sign autographs!"]

JB: Does it bug you that people refer to you as a sex symbol or a teen idol?
No. I mean, I don't see myself as either of those things. I see myself as an actor and a kid trying to make his way. A friend of mine told me -- because it did freak me out to begin with -- "Get over it, lad. There will always be another new, young guy who's a hot actor." All the girls who really love what I'm doing now will hopefully grow up and love what I'm doing later.

JB: What's your biggest flaw?
You know when you walk out of the house and you leave something behind and you have to go back and get it? I'll do that at least four times. I make sure to allow 10 minutes to leave because I know I'll be in and out.

JB: Tell us about your worst job.
When I was 14, I was a clay trapper. Men shoot clay disks, and I would pull this thing back, put the disks in and then [aim it] so that when they shoot it goes up. But I kind of liked it because it was outdoors and the English countryside is so beautiful.

JB: Do you have any hobbies?
I'm quite physical, so I love to swim and get out in the mountains and in nature. I love to take photographs and spend time with friends and family.

JH: You're not really seen out at clubs much. Are you more of a homebody?
Yeah. I have good friends I like to spend time with rather than be out and about. I did like going out when I was younger and before I was in the public eye. I've kind of outgrown it.

JB: Do you plan to move to the States?
I've had so many great opportunities in America, but I still feel like a British boy at heart. Playing an American everyday guy in Elizabethtown was a first for me. I loved it. I really got a sense of America playing that character. We filmed in Kentucky, which I was told is the heartland of America. I would love to get a house in America someday, but I'm not sure when. Right now I find myself working all over the world, so I haven't had the chance.

JH: What can a girl do to turn you off?
Be mean. I don't like mean girls. They don't work for me.

Kirstin Dunst Interview

SN: What's Orlando really like?
He is a doll. He's sweet and down-to-earth, and he's such a dork, which I love. He's very spiritual and very Buddhist in the way that he approaches things.

SN: Tell us about your character in Elizabethtown.
[Claire] is very positive and into helping people to a fault. She comes into Drew's life and takes over for him and doesn't let up. She's a little pushy, but I like her.

SN: What's your definition of love?
I just saw Wedding Crashers and I'm thinking of that speech where Rachel McAdams says, "Someone once told me that true love is the soul's recognition of its counterpart in another." I'm a big fan of Rachel's. I adore her. She is so talented and she seems like the coolest, nicest person.

SN: Who was your best on-screen kiss?
Josh Hartnett, because I had a crush on him during The Virgin Suicides. It was nerve-racking because [the director] made me surprise him [for the scene] where I jump on him and start making out with him. It was pretty wonderful.

SN: Are you in a rush to get engaged (to boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, 24)?
No way. I'm 23 years old, but they print in magazines that I'm getting engaged. There's no way I'm getting engaged in the near future.

SN: How do you deal with your love life being public?
I'm still trying to figure that out. Every day I get followed [by paparazzi] in L.A., and the solution would be not to live here, but my friends and family are here. I don't know how to fix that. I don't know why there isn't a law saying you can't follow people around like that.

SN: Do you think dating another celebrity is easier?
It's hard because people put much more attention on you, but it's easier because [another actor] understands your lifestyle. He'll understand why you have to kiss another guy on-screen and stuff.

SN: What's the nicest thing a guy has ever done for you?
Just hang out with my family. If you find a guy who can roll with the punches of dealing with your family and friends, it's so nice.

SN: What can a guy do to turn you off?
Any flashy car turns me off in general. It's just so not [environmentally] conscious. You can't be a very thoughtful person when people are being killed in Iraq for oil and you're driving a Hummer.

SN: As you've gotten older, you've become more vocal about politics. During last year's presidential election, you worked with Declare Yourself and Rock the Vote. Why?
I didn't grow up in a political family, but it's important to me that things like the environment are addressed. Being a young actress, I do whatever I can do to make people more aware of what's going on.

SN: What's your best memory from school?
The eighth-grade field trip we took to Washington, D.C. We went all over the East Coast without our parents -- it was just me and my girlfriends in a hotel room. We hit all the museums. I had my first kiss on that trip, and it was just very dramatic.

SN: Were your parents strict?
They weren't strict at all, so I had nothing to rebel against. When I was little, there was always candy around, so I was like, "Who cares?" but my friends would come over and pig out. And when I went out, I was always a good kid because I never had real restrictions.

SN: What's your dream role?
I've always wanted to play Jean Seberg. She was an actress from the Midwest who moved to France and got to play Joan of Arc in the '50s. She's famous for being in the [classic French] movie Breathless.

SN: What cracks you up?
My girlfriends. They're silly. And the TV shows Absolutely Fabulous and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The movie Team America: World Police was really funny too.

SN: What do you do to unwind?I like to go to the movies and go out to dinner with my friends. And I love dancing; it's one of my favorite things to do. Right now my favorite track [to dance to] is [Kanye West's] "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," with the Jay-Z rap on it. I listen to everything, and I get obsessed with random songs.

SN: You sang a song that appeared in your 2001 film The Cat's Meow. Do you ever think about branching out into a music career?
I definitely wouldn't give up acting for singing, because I don't know one actress who has been taken seriously for that. But I will sing in movies, though I get very shy. Any time I've sung in a movie I've only done it in a sound studio. I would be terrified to sing in front of people!