05/24/2007 at 03:00 PM EDT
says that after a few whirlwind years of movie-making, he's ready to take a break – for now.
"It's been wonderful, but I'm sort of psyched to do something completely
different," Bloom, 30, tells the Associated Press.
The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
star will soon be playing to much smaller crowds: He has signed on to star in the David Storey play In Celebration
Although he's excited about being on stage, Bloom says he expects that he'll
be "rather terrified" as well.
"I just really wanted to have a very organic experience. I didn't want to
feel like I was in a star vehicle yet by any means," he tells the AP.
But that's not to say that Bloom, who has starred the mega-successful
and Lord of the Rings
trilogies, is giving up
blockbusters: "I'm looking forward to continuing working on movies and making choices that excite me, and right now that is doing some theater."
In any case, he says he feels that he's just at the beginning of his career
and wants to pace himself. "Actors don't really get into their stride until
they're in their late 30s and 40s," he says. "So when I think of the bigger
picture, I've got a long road ahead."