You’re rumoured to be returning as Legolas in The Hobbit. Can you tell us anything about the project?
I wish I could. I would be honoured if I was asked to do it, and I would run to work with Peter Jackson again. I adore him and I’m so excited at the prospect of it. But at this stage, it’s not something I can confirm.
You and the LOTR cast all got matching tattoos during filming — are you still on each other’s Christmas card list?
Yeah, it was a real family affair. I’m still in touch with Billy Boyd [Pippin] — he’s a very sweet man. And I’ve got a card I’m going to put in the mail to Viggo [Mortensen, who played Aragorn, pictured with Bloom above], because I’ve been thinking about how much of an influence he was on me. He’s so dedicated, disciplined and talented. He taught me a lot. And it was only afterwards that I realised it. It’s funny: you look back on these things 10 years later and ask yourself, ‘Who had a major impact on me?’ As an actor, it was Viggo. I was unpacking a load of boxes recently, recounting old memories, and I remembered how lucky I was that he was around me at that time.
Has starring in two of the most successful film franchises of the past decade been overwhelming?
There have been a few moments that have freaked me out. I took my grandmother to the premiere of the second Pirates movie in Leicester Square. That was slightly mad. Getting out of the car, all the energy — and with my grandma being there as well.