At the same time, Bloom also played a brief role in Ridley Scott's war film Black Hawk Down as PFC Todd Blackburn.
The 23-year-old actor insists he's not offended by the inaccurate claims which have circled Hollywood since his climb to fame in the hit trilogy.
He says, "The craziest story I ever heard was that my lover, Dominic Monaghan, was dating my sister to cover up the fact that we were a gay couple.
He then joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and earning a scholarship to train at the British American Drama Academy.
He had originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, who does not appear until the second movie, but the director, Peter Jackson, cast him as Legolas instead.