Meeting Orlando Bloom Backstage At The Tony Awards

Rockettes Reflections

By Sophie H.

Throughout their 90-year history, the world-famous Rockettes have shared the stage—and unforgettable adventures—with many other world-famous personalities. They have appeared at such iconic events as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Super Bowl and on TV shows like America’s Got Talent and Night of 100 Stars. The Rockettes are taking a moment to reflect on their favorite stardust memories.

Rockette Sophie and Orlando Bloom backstage at Radio City Music Hall.

As if it wasn’t already cool enough that I was about to dance with The Rockettes at the 71st Annual Tony Awards, minutes before going on stage I got the chance to meet Orlando Bloom!

We spent an entire week rehearsing for this special performance and I was beyond grateful to have this opportunity. In fact, I had flown in specifically for this event all the way from Australia (where I reside in the off-season)! I could not have been more thrilled to be heading back to Radio City Music Hall to dance on the Great Stage with my squad.

For any major event like the Tony Awards, there is backstage crew everywhere, celebrities and performers walking up and down the corridors, cameras pulling people left and right, and crazy hype throughout the Hall. It was finally performance day and we had just done our final lipstick touch-ups in the dressing room and completed a quick run-through of our routine. Our dressers zipped up our costumes as we quickly traveled downstairs to stage level where we would be waiting in the wings for our performance.

I am usually a very loud and bubbly personality, but when I get super nervous and focused I get very quiet and I’m almost a whole different Sophie. At this moment in time, I was starting to feel the butterflies creep in and I took a personal moment to focus my mind, control my body and take a few deep breaths before this incredible performance we were about to start! Then, just casually, Orlando Bloom walks from the wings, down the corridor and lines up to use the restroom backstage, which happened to be right where I was having my moment alone. As he walked past, I looked up, smiled and said “hello,” he reciprocated and I was already gobsmacked that this was all actually happening.

By this point, I was a bit starstruck and didn’t quite know what to do. Do I ask for a photo? Do I just stand and wait to go on stage? Do I act as cool as a cucumber even though I’m really bursting with excitement inside? With a little help from one of our stage managers, Eric, and a huge adrenaline rush, I built up the courage to quickly ask Mr. Bloom for a photo before going on stage. We posed together and he immediately picked up on my accent and asked whereabouts in Australia I was from. I told him I was from Sydney and that I had traveled all the way from home just for this year’s Tony Awards. He replied with a big fat “REALLY?!” in his proper English accent and then we parted ways, as the show must go on!
It’s safe to say I was all smiles after that and my butterflies had truly fluttered away. Before I knew it I was taking my opening pose for the number—talk about a whirlwind of emotions and an experience I will never forget.

Sophie has been a Rockette since 2014. She currently resides in Sydney, Australia.