Orlando Bloom skyrocketed to instant fame playing Legolas the elf in the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Orlando also played major roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Troy,” “The Calcium Kid,” and his first lead role in “Kingdom of Heaven.” He also starred in the disappointing box office flop “Elizabethtown” with Kirsten Dunst.
In early 2007, Orlando was voted Britain’s most desirable date, after he topped Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Eligible Eleven” poll. About all the recent attention, Orlando replied “It’s a bit strange to be included in those sexiest people polls and all that sort of thing. I don’t really even know who I’m up against!”
Bloom says that he really doesn’t mind being considered a “sex symbol”, because some of his personal idols, like James Dean and Marlon Brando, were a few from their time.
When Orlando was asked about his increased focus on living a more Buddhist lifestyle, “I’ve been white knuckling it for so long. Between the first Lord Of The Rings and the last Pirates Of The Caribbean, I’ve been going non-stop. So now I just want some time and space from everything and the phone and the communication.”
When asked about Pirates co-star Keira Knightley, “She’s a great kisser and a lovely, and very funny, person. She’s absolutely gorgeous.”