Wear comfortable clothes when you fly; my preference is T-shirt and jeans.
As an actor, you can't think about the end result or the fame; you just have to focus on the day you're in. You have no control over the finished product, what people will think of it, so all you have is the experience of making it, and you have to stay focused on that.
It takes obstacles to learn, grow, be better.
Life sometimes doesn't work out exactly as we plan or hope for.
I just want to have a nice, happy life.
The best way to look stylish on a budget is to try second-hand, bargain hunting, and vintage.
A friend told me that teenage girls are always looking for someone to pin their dreams on. That doesn't make it any less weird though.
I'm so happy to have been a part of that process and I would go straight back into the desert in a ton of chain mail for Ridley any day of the week. He's an amazing director and I can't wait to see the long version.
There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco... a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
Whatever happens in life is fine - just trust in that.
I came back out here from England and I was there for a while and it was beautiful and it is just great to see London going from Spring to Summer and Autumn.
Life is about balance, and we all have to make the effort in areas that we can to enable us to make a difference.
When I arrive at my destination, I like to hit the gym, as I find exercise helps combat jet lag.
I missed my home - like the physicality of my home, I missed my friends and my family mostly and just hanging out and being in your home country - culturally it feels right and that is what I miss.
Failure is simply the non-presence of success. But a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions.
I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be?
Elves are like trees, grounded and focused from the trunk down but graceful and agile on top.
I am a hopeless romantic and I love to spoil my girlfriends.
Viggo Mortensen had the biggest impact on me in terms of approach, dedication, intention, and artistic outlook, and I'm nowhere close to how good he is as an artist, and I wouldn't even put myself in the same category as an actor.
Being a gentleman is a worthy goal.
Although it is a fantasy film, it's as real as it can be. You have to imagine that an audience will buy their ticket to a cinema and get on a first-class flight and journey to Middle Earth.
When I saw the first I couldn't believe I was in another great movie that would be made into a trilogy. This movie is quite visible and I think it will stand the test of time. I think kids and parents will love this movie for a long time.
If life isn't about human beings and living in harmony, then I don't know what it's about.
Legolas in 'Lord Of The Rings' was sent as a bridge from his people into the world of dwarves and humans and wizards and everything else.
I'm always amazed at anyone's interest in what I have to say.
I don't do a film unless it has a sword in it. And if it doesn't have a sword in it, I insist that they have one in the same room to keep me comfortable.
Obviously I always wanted to do a contemporary piece.
I don't like to talk about girlfriend stuff. It's not necessary. I try to keep my relationships separate from everything else.
Someone tried to save my soul in a gas station.
I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already.
Being referred to as a hunk or a heartthrob makes me nervous, but it's flattering. But I'm more interested in being an actor than a heartthrob.
The world produces enough food for everyone. Why are one billion people going hungry?
People think getting a new partner is like getting a new car.
Elves have this superhuman strength, yet they're so graceful. Tolkien created them to be angelic spirits, but I also saw Legolas as something out of the Seven Samurai.
I am a Buddhist.
Legolas is that kind of action elf who pouts a bit, stares off to the distance, and has a couple hero moments, killing with a lethal bow and arrow along the way.
Elves live in harmony with the world, and I try to do that.
I have good spacial awareness, and I'm pretty comfortable with a sword.
My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, and a soldier.
My cousin once told me, 'You're tall, you're handsome - and you're gonna have to apologize for it the rest of your life.' He imparted that information to me.
Think about finding out when you're 13 that your dad is not your dad. It's like, okay, take it on the chin and keep going. No choice, really.
A big part of what I wanted to do with this character was go from when I was a boy and try and develop into a man, really try and play him as a man who is on this search, on a journey of personal, spiritual, political, social discovery.
I don't want to be a pretty boy.
You see movie stars advertising all sorts of things today for whatever reason. And it may be that it affords them the luxury to do smaller movies or to go and do a play. Because, otherwise, you have to keep doing movies where you get paid millions and millions of dollars to maintain a certain lifestyle.
When it comes to meals, there's always a fantastic choice on British Airways.
I feel really privileged to be an actor, to be paid to do something I love.
I'm still at the beginning of my career. It's all a little new, and I'm still learning as I go.
I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British actor to try and get the American accent and have a good crack at doing that.
Until this movie I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already, and am ready for this phase of my career.
It's mad because as a woman, you carry the baby for nine months, so you're very conscious that you have a little one inside you. But for a guy, it's suddenly, there's a baby there.
There's a whole element of human interaction and character interaction that I really enjoy doing.
If you think of the ice caps as the fridge of our planet, if your fridge at home died, the food you eat would go rotten, and you'd starve.
Believing you're something that you're not excites the mind and the imagination. And it's hopeful.
Talk about your problems. There's no need to feel shy. It's always good to talk about issues that concern you.
People come into your life and people leave it... you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you.
I'm not interested in celebrity.
Having people jumping in front of you taking a photo can be unnerving.
The process of making a movie is what I love. I thrive on that. It's an exciting miracle, a mad adventure. I love being part of it.
If you were to ask everyone what 'Hamlet' was about, they might say, "It's about a prince, and he says, 'To be or not to be.'"
When everyone around you is doing all this incredible pirate acting and you're having to sort of play the straight guy and move the story forward, you kind of want to be doing some of that pirate ripping it up stuff, but in truth, to be a part of that project is what I love.
My baby is amazing; even his head smells amazing. His breath, the whole thing, you could eat him! He's a big, beautiful boy. He's great.
I love traditions. I mean, cultural ones.
I think that its easy to think of the environment as all doom and gloom and that, 'What can we do, it's too late. And the polar bears are gone, and everything is gone.' But really, just the little steps that we can make as individuals make a big difference.
Success can allow you to try for greatness, can give you an opportunity to take a chance on something. I'm very blessed to have the success that I've had, and that's given me so many opportunities to work on being great.
My mother's husband Harry Bloom was a writer, a novelist, a reporter, and an anti-apartheid activist.
When I was prepping for my Broadway debut as Romeo, it really hit me that I had never done that. I had trained at drama school for three years in my late teens to early 20s, and I'd studied Shakespeare, of course, but I hadn't actually performed it. So to do something like Romeo for my first Broadway role was a challenge.
I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and to see how he goes about business, which was really inspiring for me at this stage in my career.
Life is going to unfold as it should because life always does.
I've done all these historical epics and chivalrous roles, but there's an odder, quirkier side to me that nobody knows about.
I wish I could just be in the movies and still enjoy everything else like a normal person.
I'm trying to mix the cool, independent stuff with the big stuff, but it's been difficult finding the right roles. It's been an interesting ride as far as my career pendulum is concerned.
I think a film set is a quite controlled environment and you feel like you can trust them and it is going to be a safe place to work, but I really don't think about it.
I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
Lord of the Rings was my first experience making movies and at the time, I had no ideas how movies were done. I thought that's the way they're done, so in a way, I had nothing to compare it to.
Elves are cool, man.
I wondered how they would top the Pirates and skeletons and moonlight, because that's a pretty cool concept.
I had studied theater for three years in London when someone suggested me for the role.
I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself.
The truth is - I found myself doing these huge action-adventure movies, and um, and which are cool man. And I really love doing them. And thankfully I haven't had too much dialogue, because if I had I would have really made a mess of it. You know what I mean?
I try to take the time to appreciate and I certainly do appreciate and I do feel proud but that is probably one of the things I need to work on, building a bit of time for myself.
I remember one time that I was filming a scene in whych my character rides through Troy on a chariot. I just looked around at this incredible set thinking 'This is the life'.
I'm quite sensitive to women. I saw how my sister got treated by boyfriends. I read this thing that said when you are in a relationship with a woman, imagine how you would feel if you were her father. That's been my approach, for the most part.
When I was nine, I had this girlfriend and we used to have running races in the park. I wanted to be like Superman and fly in and rescue her.
You don't improvise with a Cameron Crowe script.
Vig used to call me 'Elf boy', and I'd call him 'filthy human'. As an Elf, I never got a scratch on me, never got dirty. And Vig would come out with blood and sweat all over him. And he'd say to me, 'Oh, go manicure your nails.'
I know you can be up one minute and drop the next, so I'm trying to maintain a steady course so I can have some longevity.
When you start falling for somebody and you can't stop thinking about when you're going to see them again, I love that. Women are beautiful. They deserve to be cherished and respected.
I've done movies with a sword before. But I haven't really been given the full responsibility of something like a Ridley Scott film.
Yeah, I mean the material, directors, the other cast, and if you think you can do something with the character then you do it and go from there. I am looking forward to doing some smaller movies.
I did send a girl a plane ticket asking her for a visit, I guess that's quite romantic.
Be comfortable. I think if you're comfortable, you exude confidence, and that leads to good style.
Movies like that aren't about the visual effects and explosions. They're human stories about family, about life, about death.
I'm amazed that things have panned out the way they have. I always say I'm so lucky, though my mum always says, 'You make your own luck.'
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a melting pot of cultures and diversity.
Maybe our generation is more about sex, but it feels like romance is dying out.
I've never been a great one for technology.
Every stylish man should have a copy of 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand on his bookshelf.
The role of an actor is to make every character believable.
As a child, I had the opportunity to meet the captain onboard a British Airways flight. It was so exciting to see the cockpit and controls. I was in awe of the captain, and he stamped my log book, which I still have to this day.
I generally travel with my laptop, a couple of great books, and my iPod.