Actor Orlando Bloom touched down in Sydney on Wednesday morning to attend a lunchtime reception at the Park Hyatt to celebrate the launch of the British Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that now operates the Sydney to London route. It was a short trip for the British-born actor who flew out that same afternoon. I had a quick chat with Bloom for a so-called “speed” Date with Kate!
Welcome to Sydney!
Thanks, I’m very happy to be here, I just did a long leg from Nice to be here today. I’m very happy to a new friend to BA [British Airways] and starting this relationship. I had breakfast in the Concorde Room in London [airport] which is one of my favourite places to have breakfast in the world, especially because you don’t have to pull your wallet out at the end of the day! I’ve flown with BA since I was a little child so it feels quite special to have gone from family holidays flying around Europe to becoming a Gold Card member and being spoilt – more times than not – in first class and there isn’t a better first class in my mind than British Airways.
How was your flight?
It was great but due to the fog this morning, we got diverted to Melbourne but happy to be here now.
What have you been up to?
I arrived into Sydney this morning as a special guest of BA following a busy week in Cannes where the movie I filmed with Forest Whitaker, ZULU, closed the film festival.
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
I will be in New Zealand for about a month to finish filming The Hobbit. Then I will be in New York for over six months playing ‘Romeo’ in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Where is your favourite international holiday destination?
As a family, we also love to come to Sydney.
Do you have a favourite Australian restaurant?
[My wife] Miranda [Kerr] and I love the seafood in Sydney!
WE WENT TO The Park Hyatt, The Rocks.
WE ATE Canapes.
WE DRANK Sparkling mineral water.