Amazingly, the life of Orlando Bloom may be as interesting as his career onscreen. At 13, he found out his father was actually not his biological father. At 21, he fell three floors off a balcony and broke his back, only to walk out of the hospital 12 days later.
He once spent three weeks riding an icebreaker headed to Antarctica, and more than a year and a half riding Kate Bosworth! He also went on a date with Kirsten Dunst, briefly forming one of the best celeb couple names in Doom.
In the May issue of Details, the 30-year old Orlando Bloom opens about his career, religion, his rise to fame, and a whole lot more…
On learning that his dad was not his biological father:
“Think about that. 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.”
On being told by doctors that he might never walk again:
“For four days I was thinking this was it, that I would be living my life in a wheelchair, and then I thought, no, and I knew I would walk. I just knew.”Â
On being famous:
“There’s all this noise that happens. I was 22 when I starred in The Lord of the Rings. Nobody tells you what it is like to be famous. There’s no guidebook, you know what I mean?”
THG NOTE: Britney Spears knows exactly what you mean.
On starring in Kingdom of Heaven:
“When you’re [almost] 27 years old and Fox greenlights a movie with a budget of $150 million with you as the headliner, that’s a tribute. And then all the press afterward was like I hadn’t come through, like I hadn’t delivered. But what did I not come through on?”
On his career:
“I have the patience to trust my own journey. Life is going to unfold as it should because life always does. If I’m true to myself, then all the rest is like, f–k it, man.”
On being a Buddhist:
“The philosophy that I’ve embraced isn’t about sitting under a tree and studying my navel, it’s about studying what is going on in my daily life and using that as fuel to go and live a bigger life. When your girlfriend dumps you, when the bill comes through the door, and your mom calls you and tells you she can’t handle the stuff in her life – that’s hell, but that’s just one world. If you are aware of what is going on, then you can grow and use that hunger, that fear.”
On his filming two trilogies back-to-back:
“I’ve been white-knuckling it for so long. Between Lord of the Rings and [Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End], I’ve been going non-stop … So now, on a personal level, I just want some time and space from everything, from all that; from the environment and the phone and the communication.”
On spending three weeks aboard a Norwegian icebreaker bound for Antarctica:
“I felt isolated and vulnerable and I just had all this time to think. I just had time to read and think and I figured out that this moment is when I can use everything that I’ve done to my advantage, to choose a great project, to do something great and take a risk. I’m looking around and going, I cannot f–king believe how lucky I’ve been – [Pirates of the Caribbean] has afforded me the luxury of choice, and with it comes responsibility but also freedom.”