Bloom at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
|Born||Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom
13 January 1977
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, California, US
|Occupation||Actor, Film Producer|
|Spouse(s)||Miranda Kerr (m. 2010; separated 2013)|
As an actor, you can't think about the end result or the fame; you just have to focus on the day you're in. You have no control over the finished product, what people will think of it, so all you have is the experience of making it, and you have to stay focused on that.
I know you can be up one minute and drop the next, so I'm trying to maintain a steady course so I can have some longevity.
Success can allow you to try for greatness, can give you an opportunity to take a chance on something. I'm very blessed to have the success that I've had, and that's given me so many opportunities to work on being great.
I missed my home – like the physicality of my home, I missed my friends and my family mostly and just hanging out and being in your home country – culturally it feels right and that is what I miss.
You can drive an SUV, but there's a balance. If you do that, maybe use energy-efficient light bulbs at home or just be conscious of switching off lights. If you can afford to drive an SUV, maybe you can afford to make a donation to a wind farm or plant some trees. It's all about balance.
I feel really privileged to be an actor, to be paid to do something I love.
Yeah, I mean the material, directors, the other cast, and if you think you can do something with the character then you do it and go from there. I am looking forward to doing some smaller movies.
Elves have this superhuman strength, yet they're so graceful. Tolkien created them to be angelic spirits, but I also saw Legolas as something out of the Seven Samurai.
I pinch myself daily at the good fortune of my life, you know, in many ways.
When I saw the first I couldn't believe I was in another great movie that would be made into a trilogy. This movie is quite visible and I think it will stand the test of time. I think kids and parents will love this movie for a long time.
As a child, I was always drawn to heroic characters. I decided I wanted to act when I realised that Superman and all those gangsters and Indians were just real people in costume.
If life isn't about human beings and living in harmony, then I don't know what it's about.
Viggo Mortensen had the biggest impact on me in terms of approach, dedication, intention, and artistic outlook, and I'm nowhere close to how good he is as an artist, and I wouldn't even put myself in the same category as an actor.
I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British actor to try and get the American accent and have a good crack at doing that.
Legolas is fantastic to dress up in – of course he is – and I've had the best time playing him.
Every stylish man should have a copy of 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand on his bookshelf.
Be comfortable. I think if you're comfortable, you exude confidence, and that leads to good style.
I am very different to how people think I am. It's the characters I play that they are responding to.
Movies like that aren't about the visual effects and explosions. They're human stories about family, about life, about death.
I don't buy art to put away somewhere. I buy art to appreciate, enjoy, and live with. It's supposed to add to your life.
Take time to enjoy the flight – read a good book, watch a film, catch up on emails and sleep.
Legolas in 'Lord Of The Rings' was sent as a bridge from his people into the world of dwarves and humans and wizards and everything else.
I was quite fearless as a kid. But I've had to realize I'm not invincible. That's what breaking your back does. It makes you grow up and reassess life.
I have good spacial awareness, and I'm pretty comfortable with a sword.
Vig used to call me 'Elf boy', and I'd call him 'filthy human'. As an Elf, I never got a scratch on me, never got dirty. And Vig would come out with blood and sweat all over him. And he'd say to me, 'Oh, go manicure your nails.'
The truth is – I found myself doing these huge action-adventure movies, and um, and which are cool man. And I really love doing them. And thankfully I haven't had too much dialogue, because if I had I would have really made a mess of it. You know what I mean?
When I finished the trilogy of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, I had a gear shift and thought, 'I need to take a moment to smell the roses.'
I'm old-school English, so I suppose I'm quite protective – especially of time. Now that I'm a father, every moment is precious.
I have always found myself playing the hero, but I love villains. Villains have more fun.
There's a whole element of human interaction and character interaction that I really enjoy doing.
The philosophy of Buddhism is connected to everything. So it probably does have some connection with acting, yes.
Maybe our generation is more about sex, but it feels like romance is dying out.
I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be?
I'm so happy to have been a part of that process and I would go straight back into the desert in a ton of chain mail for Ridley any day of the week. He's an amazing director and I can't wait to see the long version.
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a melting pot of cultures and diversity.
Watch how you communicate with a woman. Because you're always communicating, even when you're not talking – with your body language, your facial expressions, your eyes.
I want to play James Bond – are you kidding me? I'm putting my name in the ring!
Actors don't really get into their stride until they're in their late 30s and 40s.
I have a personal little routine that I do in my dressing room just to kind of get myself mentally prepared to go on stage, and part of that is a poem that I read to myself.
If you were to ask everyone what 'Hamlet' was about, they might say, "It's about a prince, and he says, 'To be or not to be.'"
I've done all these historical epics and chivalrous roles, but there's an odder, quirkier side to me that nobody knows about.
If you think of the ice caps as the fridge of our planet, if your fridge at home died, the food you eat would go rotten, and you'd starve.
I'm amazed that things have panned out the way they have. I always say I'm so lucky, though my mum always says, 'You make your own luck.'
I don't like to talk about girlfriend stuff. It's not necessary. I try to keep my relationships separate from everything else.
I remember one time that I was filming a scene in whych my character rides through Troy on a chariot. I just looked around at this incredible set thinking 'This is the life'.
I want to do work that has a message and casts a light over an area that's dark. But I'm fun and jovial, too.
I found myself doing all these action-adventure movies, and it's been a fantastic experience, and I've learnt a lot.
What's weird is having your mother fly in on an aeroplane with your face on the side of it.
It's mad because as a woman, you carry the baby for nine months, so you're very conscious that you have a little one inside you. But for a guy, it's suddenly, there's a baby there.
Creativity is the key for any child with dyslexia – or for anyone, for that matter. Then you can think outside of the box. Teach them anything is attainable. Let them run with what you see is whatever they need to run with.
I wondered how they would top the Pirates and skeletons and moonlight, because that's a pretty cool concept.
I suppose being quite young and being thrust quite dramatically into a large public arena skewered my vision of what it means to live and be a part of something.
I think that its easy to think of the environment as all doom and gloom and that, 'What can we do, it's too late. And the polar bears are gone, and everything is gone.' But really, just the little steps that we can make as individuals make a big difference.
The world produces enough food for everyone. Why are one billion people going hungry?
I had studied theater for three years in London when someone suggested me for the role.
I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already.
When everyone around you is doing all this incredible pirate acting and you're having to sort of play the straight guy and move the story forward, you kind of want to be doing some of that pirate ripping it up stuff, but in truth, to be a part of that project is what I love.
When you start falling for somebody and you can't stop thinking about when you're going to see them again, I love that. Women are beautiful. They deserve to be cherished and respected.
The process of making a movie is what I love. I thrive on that. It's an exciting miracle, a mad adventure. I love being part of it.
I'm still at the beginning of my career. It's all a little new, and I'm still learning as I go.
I still like to walk around and take photographs, but it's hard to do that if a lot of people are looking at you.
Life is about balance, and we all have to make the effort in areas that we can to enable us to make a difference.
When you're young and you're in love and it doesn't work out – it hurts.
Believing you're something that you're not excites the mind and the imagination. And it's hopeful.
I've done movies with a sword before. But I haven't really been given the full responsibility of something like a Ridley Scott film.
My mom used to tell me, 'If you read 50 books, I'll get you a motorbike.'
Although it is a fantasy film, it's as real as it can be. You have to imagine that an audience will buy their ticket to a cinema and get on a first-class flight and journey to Middle Earth.
When I arrive at my destination, I like to hit the gym, as I find exercise helps combat jet lag.
Until this movie I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already, and am ready for this phase of my career.
There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco… a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and to see how he goes about business, which was really inspiring for me at this stage in my career.
I think it's important if you are an actor, if you are portraying human life, you have to connect with what is human. It's not easy if you spend a lot of time in L.A. and get sucked into the hedonism of the industry.
When you start to live your dream, it's not quite what you thought it was because there is a lot of overwhelming stuff that comes on top of it, and you have to figure it all out.
A friend told me that teenage girls are always looking for someone to pin their dreams on. That doesn't make it any less weird though.
Shakespeare is a wonderful language to speak, but it's also a world to get your mind into thematically.
When it comes to meals, there's always a fantastic choice on British Airways.
Fear is not a friend of mine. But it's something to have a healthy awareness of.
I came back out here from England and I was there for a while and it was beautiful and it is just great to see London going from Spring to Summer and Autumn.
Wanting to be a rock star, I get it. I'm like, 'Oh, my God, dude! The freedom!'
Legolas is that kind of action elf who pouts a bit, stares off to the distance, and has a couple hero moments, killing with a lethal bow and arrow along the way.
Think about finding out when you're 13 that your dad is not your dad. It's like, okay, take it on the chin and keep going. No choice, really.
I'm quite sensitive to women. I saw how my sister got treated by boyfriends. I read this thing that said when you are in a relationship with a woman, imagine how you would feel if you were her father. That's been my approach, for the most part.
When I was filming, I imagined that Legolas was a meditative character who was very thoughtful and had a certain amount of depth to him. I started working on trying to find this focus that Legolas has, which wasn't really like me.
I went to Antarctica on a science research boat just to sort of clear my head.
I'm sure I was a great disappointment to many women because I wasn't Errol Flynn. But I'm me. I think that's got some merit.
I try to take the time to appreciate and I certainly do appreciate and I do feel proud but that is probably one of the things I need to work on, building a bit of time for myself.
My childhood was kind of complicated. I have an older sister, but my father, my mother's husband, died when I was four years old. So I only had my mum and sister, really.
Elves are like trees, grounded and focused from the trunk down but graceful and agile on top.
When you work in such a surreal environment as movies, just listening to some tunes or hanging out with friends is what you crave. Even time alone.
I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself.
When I'm in the U.K. – and I'm here more than people would think – I tend to keep a very low profile.
I'm going to start a new career as a singer, I think. I'm going to go the way of Russell Crowe.
I did send a girl a plane ticket asking her for a visit, I guess that's quite romantic.
There are complications in relationships between men and women. There always will be.
I wish I could just be in the movies and still enjoy everything else like a normal person.
I look forward to working with UNICEF as they continue to make the world a better place for children.
I don't do a film unless it has a sword in it. And if it doesn't have a sword in it, I insist that they have one in the same room to keep me comfortable.
My mother's husband Harry Bloom was a writer, a novelist, a reporter, and an anti-apartheid activist.
I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
Being referred to as a hunk or a heartthrob makes me nervous, but it's flattering. But I'm more interested in being an actor than a heartthrob.
When I was prepping for my Broadway debut as Romeo, it really hit me that I had never done that. I had trained at drama school for three years in my late teens to early 20s, and I'd studied Shakespeare, of course, but I hadn't actually performed it. So to do something like Romeo for my first Broadway role was a challenge.
The best way to look stylish on a budget is to try second-hand, bargain hunting, and vintage.
Talk about your problems. There's no need to feel shy. It's always good to talk about issues that concern you.
My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, and a soldier.
When I realized that if I was an actor, I could be any character I wanted instead of just one particular, I was like, 'Wow, that's cool.'
When I was nine, I had this girlfriend and we used to have running races in the park. I wanted to be like Superman and fly in and rescue her.
Attraction doesn't stop when a child is born. It's the opposite. Being a mum and dad makes you even sexier.
Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
I have flown with British Airways since I was a very little child, so it feels quite special to have gone from family holidays flying around Europe to become a gold card holder and be spoiled enough to travel more than not in first class.
You see movie stars advertising all sorts of things today for whatever reason. And it may be that it affords them the luxury to do smaller movies or to go and do a play. Because, otherwise, you have to keep doing movies where you get paid millions and millions of dollars to maintain a certain lifestyle.
My baby is amazing; even his head smells amazing. His breath, the whole thing, you could eat him! He's a big, beautiful boy. He's great.
People come into your life and people leave it… you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you.
I used to ride motorbikes and drive cars like everything was a racetrack; it was ridiculous. It wasn't because I thought it was cool; it was just because I loved living on the edge. But I've chilled.
As a young actor, I found myself in all these movies at once, with two big trilogies and a Cameron Crowe film and working with Ridley Scott a couple of times.
As a child, I had the opportunity to meet the captain onboard a British Airways flight. It was so exciting to see the cockpit and controls. I was in awe of the captain, and he stamped my log book, which I still have to this day.
My cousin once told me, 'You're tall, you're handsome – and you're gonna have to apologize for it the rest of your life.' He imparted that information to me.
I think a film set is a quite controlled environment and you feel like you can trust them and it is going to be a safe place to work, but I really don't think about it.
Lord of the Rings was my first experience making movies and at the time, I had no ideas how movies were done. I thought that's the way they're done, so in a way, I had nothing to compare it to.
A big part of what I wanted to do with this character was go from when I was a boy and try and develop into a man, really try and play him as a man who is on this search, on a journey of personal, spiritual, political, social discovery.
I came out of drama school thinking I'd do some theatre, maybe some television, and maybe, someday, a film.
I'm trying to mix the cool, independent stuff with the big stuff, but it's been difficult finding the right roles. It's been an interesting ride as far as my career pendulum is concerned.