Orlando Bloom is sharing his struggle with dyslexia for The Child Mind Institute, a non-profit organization helping children with learning disabilities. Like another diagnosed dyslexic, Orlando’s friend Tom Cruise, the star says he fought his whole life to overcome the challenges presented by his disability.
“I have more trouble studying scripts and memorizing lines than most [other actors]. My mom 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 former Pirates of Caribbean star, 33, was diagnosed with the learning disability when he was seven, but credits intense preparation over the years for helping him cope with his dyslexia.
Now Orlando is offering up some words of encouragement for kids also struggling with the disorder.
“You’re part of a very special club and it’s a gift and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you’re not good enough. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that because you struggle with dyslexia that you’re never going to make it in life, because it’s simply not true.”