Orlando Bloom’s Biggest Fan
Sonia Constance Josephine Bloom became a Solo Mom when her husband, anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom, died after suffering a stroke. A writer and respected foreign language teacher who loved the arts, Sonia encouraged her children—Samantha and Orlando—to participate in both drama and Bible reading classes and took them to the theater. With her influence, Orlando became enchanted by language, photography, and art; early on, the boy knew he wanted to be an actor. By the time he was 8, he was appearing in school plays. Dyslexia made school a challenge for him, but Sonia supported her son by prompting him to read: Orlando noted in an interview with childmind.org, “As a kid I always wanted a motorbike, and [my mother] said, ‘If you read 50 books, I’ll get you a motor bike.’” He never got to 50 books—and so did not get the bike—but, as Orlando said, “[T]hat carrot definitely helped.” When Bloom was 13, his mother shared with him that Harry, dead nine years, was not in fact his biological father; longtime family friend Colin Stone was. Bloom took the news in stride and mother and son remain close. Well known for his roles in films such as Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean series, Bloom has also worked in theater, to critical acclaim. In 2013, when he appeared as Romeo in a Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, Sonia attended the show four times. “I would have gone a fifth time,” she told the Canterbury Times, “but Orlando told me ‘Mum, you can’t go to it five times!’”
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