Following his big break in 2001, Orlando Bloom’s success in the movie space has only continued to soar; as he appeared in more and more blockbuster films. Some of these include movies in The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Troy (2004), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Romeo and Juliet (2013), and the 2019 TV series, Carnival Row. However, the Hollywood hunk caused a stir in the media after taking a brief break from acting to focus on “other” roles. Since then, it has been a game of see-saw between the actor and his huge fan base who’re eager to see him back on screen. This piece opens up on what happened to Orlando Bloom and his current endeavors.
What Really Happened To Orlando Bloom
With hundreds of movie hours under his belt and millions of fan base within and outside the United States, Orlando Bloom thought it was time to take a step back from acting. Giving many the impression that his career had grounded to a screeching halt. But are the rumors true? What happened to Orlando Bloom? Well, while the world expected more blockbusters, it turns out that Bloom was more interested in returning to his roots; theater. He took up relatively smaller roles in films such as An Education and New York, I Love You and even appeared in his first late-night commercial for Shiseido. According to Bloom, the hassle of keeping up with a crazy schedule for the Hollywood blockbusters was gradually taking its toll. Hence the escape.
Does He Still Act Movies, What is He Doing Now?
Orlando Bloom’s break from the screen was also to avail him more time for fatherly duties. As sources revealed, Bloom stepped back from his sweet spot to go father his little son, Flynn Christopher Bloom (b. 2011). The goal was to spend more time with the lad and to give him the best attention a child would expect from a father. Although his relationship with Flynn’s mum, Miranda Kerr, has remained strained, both parents share custody of their child.
Bloom has since returned to acting. In 2019, the Canterbury native was cast as 1st Lieutenant Benjamin D. Keating in the film The Outpost and also booked a role in Needle in a Timestack, a 2019 project as well. On TV, he also stars as Rycroft Philostrate in Carnival Row (2019).
How Orlando Bloom Became Famous
Although Bloom’s earliest known appearances were in Wilde (1997) and Black Hawk Down (2001), his career had been in full gear since the mid-nineties; when he first appeared as Noel Harrison in three episodes of the TV show, Casualty (1994-1996). Within that period, Bloom was also studying acting at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He graduated in 1999. In a stroke of fate, the same year he graduated, the English-born actor landed his first major role as Legolas, the elf, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy which included The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
2003 was another breakthrough year for the young actor. That year, he was cast alongside Hollywood stars such as Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the widely-received adventure movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Bloom’s performance earned him four major awards including the Teen Choice Awards for; Breakthrough Acting Male, Choice Movie Chemistry and Choice Movie Liplock and MTV Movie Awards Mexico for Sexiest Hero. But there was more to come.
Other Adventure Film Projects
The following year, 2004, he starred alongside Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in the epic adventure film Troy (2004). He also starred as Balian de Ibelin in the Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and as Drew Baylor in Elizabethtown (2005) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006); a sequel to the 2003 release. In 2007, he reprised his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Already an authority on the adventure scene, Bloom went on to try out other areas as well. And so, in the summer of 2007, he was cast in In Celebration.
In a planned switch, Orlando Bloom came back to the adventure scene. This time, he starred in The Hobbit series; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) and the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).