While most of us were eating cold noodles and watching Project Runway, another major Hollywood actor joined the industry’s growing brigade of charitable stars.
Orlando Bloom recently took a four-day tour of Nepal on a UNICEF-supported visit, which took the 30-year-old actor to the impoverished western districts of Kaski and Chitwan.
“Another Hollywood movie star might feel strange in a remote and impoverished area of Nepal, but [he] seemed perfectly at ease,” the humanitarian organization reports. Indeed, Mr. Bloom apparently took to certain Nepalese customs swimmingly. In one village, Mr. Bloom, who seemingly has no confirmed projects currently underway, had his forehead smeared with red “tika” by local women, who also offered him garlands of flowers to wear.
Later, when he visited another village, Pokhara, Mr. Bloom played a small role in a “mini-drama” that some three-dozen area children were recording for a radio program. The play was reportedly about “the plight faced by young girls in a hostel without a female warden.” Mr. Bloom played a helpful fellow guest with advice to share. “Talk about your problems,” he read from the script. “There’s no need to feel shy. It’s always good to talk about issues that concern you.”