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Orlando Bloom Talks About His Dyslexia During Lecture Series

Orlando Bloom Talks About His Dyslexia During Lecture Series

Orlando Bloom crosses his fingers while talking about his own experiences with dyslexia at the 2010 Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Lecture Series held at NYC’s Rockefeller University on Wednesday (June 2).

During the “Dyslexia and Creativity: Two Sides of the Same Coin” lecture, the 33-year-old British actor was joined on stage by Child Mind Institute‘s Dr. Harold Koplewicz.

Orly learned to overcome the learning disability at a young age but it’s still an ongoing struggle. He earned a scholarship at the British American Drama Academy in his native England, before going on to study acting at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

FYI: Orly‘s girlfriend, model Miranda Kerr, was there to lend her support!

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77 Responses to “Orlando Bloom Talks About His Dyslexia During Lecture Series”

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  1. 1
    gah Says:

    Such a great guy to open up about his own problems.
    His speaking in public about his dyslexia may help others to accept the fact that it doesn’t have to hold you back.
    Orlando earned a BFA at Guildhall. And he is going to be presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent.
    An international star, a ‘doctor’ and a UNICEF Ambassador. Not too bad for a kid with a learning disability, hmm?

  2. 2
    FR Says:


    Having dyslexia doesnt make you thick. You can acheive all those things and more with or without dyslexia. You dont need to be able to spell to be an international star. If he had became a doctor, a poet, an author etc then he would have acheived something great indeed considering he has a learnign disability. Sure, its good of him to do a talk on it, I have mild dyslexia myself, but please dont make out like anything he has done in his life is great considering he has dyslexia because its acheivable regardless! It may make his acting a little more difficult but everything else – a breeze!

  3. 3
    N. Says:

    Wow, interesting. Clearly it hasn’t kept him from achieving success. What a cutie.

  4. 4
    @2 Says:

    It’s “a breeze” to rise to the top of your profession, while spending enough time in the care of others that an international organization names him an ambassador??
    It’s “a breeze” to graduate from a respected school with a BFA Honors while having dificulty reading?
    He may not be ready for canonization, but he has achieved a great deal in overcoming his learning disability.
    And if you believe that dyslexia is just not being “able to spell”, then your opinions on the matter mean nothing. Dyslexia is not that simple. I even doubt that you have dyslexia at all after saying something so ridiculous. Being a poor speller does not make you dyslexic

  5. 5
    Jen Says:

    Come and bash the delphi haters at my new blog, gospel of delphi, click on my name to be taken there, you dont have to join, and can post anon if you wish!

  6. 6
    Jane Says:

    I love Legolas

  7. 7
    sara Says:

    I would love to see the video of this!
    he looks beautiful in the pictures.
    I saw on twitter that Miranda was there too.

  8. 8
    musky bums Says:

    He looks a freakin mess, doesn’t he ever take a pride in his apperance? I always thought this guy has more issues than dyslexia, he is a bit unhinged if you ask me, like, has mental problems! I would say he has ADHD, most definitely, he has the signs, the not sitting still and that cough are signs, I just don’t think he has ever been diagnosed, the accident prone is also a sign of ADHD AND dyspraxia.

  9. 9
    @8 Says:

    Oh, it’s so nice that mental health professionals visit this site to offer their unbiased, educated diagnosis of a total stranger.
    I mean you ARE a professional aren’t you?
    I’m sure you are.
    Because anyone besides a professional who offered an opinion like that would be an idiot.
    You aren’t an idiot are you?
    Of course not.

  10. 10
    wow Says:

    He’s so beautiful!

  11. 11
    Jayne Says:

    He looks so GOOD.

  12. 12
    @8 Says:

    He has problems sitting still for long periods because of his back injury and thus the fidgeting. The coughing and water drinking he does when he’s nervous. But thanks for your professional insight. And he is gorgeous as always!

  13. 13
    ^ Says:

    He looks ugly lately. Sooooo sad!!!

  14. 14
    oh yes Says:

    Such a gorgeous man!!

  15. 15
    Melody Says:

    Is there a video of this? I was just wondering why you guys say he was fidgeting. Mmmm, and even if he was fidgeting, it makes him more human like the rest of us and all that more adorable.

  16. 16
    @13 Says:

    Uh oh, the Delphites must have heard that Miranda was in the audience . . .

  17. 17
    Ann Says:

    The interview was streamed live via webcast. He was nervous, but so adorable and charming, and spoke quite sincerely from the heart about his dyslexia and the problems he had as a child in school.

  18. 18
    M Says:


  19. 19
    Yes! Says:

    Just saw the caps on OLove taken while he was speaking. He is freakin’ beautiful. Those cheekbones could cut diamonds, and don’t get me started on the curls.

  20. 20
    Cilla Says:

    Check out the Delphi board….they think he has a “secret” girlfriend in England and Miranda is just a cover for her. Haha! What girl would put up with that — only somebody as desperate as them maybe.

  21. 21
    @20 Says:

    Don’t look for any logic from those loons. They lost me when they claim to hate him and Miranda, but spend countless hours of their lives talking about them.

  22. 22
    Oh Orlando! Says:

    I saw most to the webcast. I was so sincere and adorable.
    I hope someone out there uploaded this. I would love to see the whole thing. I want a picture of Miranda, always like to see what she is wearing.

  23. 23
    @20 Says:

    I used to check out the Delphi board a long time ago. But then I just could not take all the hateful speech. They lost me too when they claim they hate him and Miranda but spend so much time on people they hate. Thanks anyway Cilla for letting us know what they are up to
    lately, it’s very funny when you hear it from a third person and not have to actually read their dribble.

  24. 24
    sarah Says:

    I was at the lecture and orly was totally adorbs!

  25. 25
    jaye Says:

    Being dyslexia can be a lifelong struggle for some. Dyslexia is an impairment in the brain’s ability to translate written images received from the eyes into meaningful language. However, it is treatable. Children with dyslexia need individualized tutoring, and treatment for dyslexia often involves a multi-sensory education program. There are a slew of symptoms and depending on the severity of your dyslexia you could have some of them, many of them or all of them.
    One of the main symptoms that many dyslexics have is seeing letter and numbers out of sequence. Just think if you see the word manufacturing and it looks like numafacturing to you.

    There are different degrees, so someone with only a mild case might not realized how difficult the struggles can be. In the not so distant past, it was harder to get the help needed in order to be able to achieve the things some of us take for granted. Back then kids who were dyslexic were passed over as just not smart. However, now, a lot more is known about it and treatment is more accessible. Many people who have it may not even know. Oh, they know that something is wrong, but many of them just think of themselves as dumb. Even those that know what it is are many times embarrassed because people sometimes do associate dyslexia with intelligence, but it really has nothing to do with intelligence.
    Another person in Hollywood who is dyslexic is Stephen Cannell Some of you might know who he is. He has created or co-created such programs as: The A Team, 21 Jump Street, The Rockford Files, Hunter, Silk Stalkings and the Greatest American Hero. In fact he has created or co-created more than 40 shows, scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1500 episodes. With the proper education and therapies people with dyslexia can achieve their full potential. So, kudos to Orlando Bloom for shedding some light on the problem. Maybe some of those parents who thought their child was just slow, might have them tested; even teachers can miss this condition.
    I’m not a doctor, I just play one on the internet.

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