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Orlando Bloom Struggling With Dyslexia

June 5, 2010 (3:13 am) GMT
The actor opened up about his learning disability in a talk, dubbed Dyslexia and Creativity: Two Sides of the Same Coin, at Rockefeller University in New York.
Orlando Bloom

British actor has fought hard to earn his place as an A-list star - because his ongoing battle with dyslexia means he struggles to read scripts and memorize his lines. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, 33, opened up about his learning disability in a talk at Rockefeller University in New York on Wednesday, June 2.

Bloom, who was supported at the event by his supermodel girlfriend , told the audience he has worked hard to overcome his difficulties - and credits his mother with pushing him to succeed, according to the New York Daily News. He said, "It's still an ongoing struggle. I have more trouble studying scripts and memorizing lines than most (other actors)."

"My mum used to tell me, 'If you read 50 books, I'll get you a motorbike.' So it inspired me to read a lot and work through (my dyslexia). But I never quite got to 50. And I never got that motorbike!" The lecture, titled Dyslexia and Creativity: Two Sides of the Same Coin, was held to raise awareness about the condition among teachers, mental health professionals and parents.

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