November 29th, 2013
10:37 AM ET

Orlando Bloom Discusses Broadway Debut in "Romeo and Juliet"

Orlando Bloom has played an elf whose pal is a dwarf, a swordsman whose pal is a pirate and now, a guy in a doomed relationship with a girl named Juliet.

Check out his interview with CNN's Michaela Pereira:

MP: Broadway debut…it's hard for me to believe that that is the case…

OB: Yeah, it is. Especially with "Romeo and Juliet."It was hard for me to believe. It has been a remarkable experience. We've got a couple of weeks left and we've had like 12,000 students through the doors taking advantage of our 20 dollar tickets, which is great! They do a special release early on in the run and for students to be able to get tickets and it has been an amazing experience I have to say.

MP: Can we speak for a minute, how great was it to see your name in lights on Broadway? That's a pretty big moment, I am sure you've had several pinch me moments throughout your career.

OB: It's a very special moment, I mean to be here in NY. I am in love with this city now and that community of Broadway is a wonderful thing and I hadn't been prepared for it until I became a part of it. They really support one another, they feel like they are there for one another. The different houses,the different productions and actors see each other for drinks afterwards and it's a hangout, and it's not pretentious or uptight in any way. It's a very accessible world and real and people know what they are doing. They are killing themselves, in my case 8x a week. You know literally killing myself as Romeo or absolutely killing themselves on Broadway in musicals, which is…

MP: Well talk about that. Night after night when you do a run, I know in film you have to do several takes of one scene but redoing an entire production night after night it takes a certain something as an actor, doesn't it?

OB: I have learned a lot, this is my 1st time and a Broadway audience is different to any other audience in the world. (MP:how so? Expectations higher?) there is absolutely that but they really are engaged. (MP: that's true) They are really there, they are like the third wheel of production. If they are with us, we can have a performance that blow people away and if not it's like… (MP: Crickets) Yeah. It is interesting how that as a performer you have to be conscious of that work that you did in the rehearsal room and yes it develops but it is also for me about playing the truth of the moment and the word that goes on that people can connect to and not playing the audience, which I think could happen. But in a way there is a little bit of that that goes on too, which is kind of important. I have been learning a lot about that, which is really rare.


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  1. Mari

    Thank you for the interview! Orlando Bloom is a great actor and a very nice man! I can't wait to see him as Legolas again! My dream is to see him back as Will Turner! He is my favorite character in Pirates of the Caribbean. Without Orlando's Will Turner POTC are dead. I miss the character badly! :'(
    I wish my best to Orlando Bloom! I became a fan of his work and I am grateful for every bit of the hard work he puts on screen and stage for us! I hope they will make a DVD for Romeo & Juliet. I am sure many fans who can't go to NYC will be happy to get to see the play at least on screen!

    November 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply

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