Orlando Bloom honors Audrey Hepburn's humanitarian legacy at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

By Michael Miller
Updated December 02, 2015 05:05 PM
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She’s the ethereal actress an entire generation of leading men fell in love with, and now nearly 23 years after her death, even Orlando Bloom says he was in love with Audrey Hepburn.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is just so timeless,” Bloom, 38, tells PEOPLE at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday. The actor was a fan of Hepburn’s growing up, saying he always admired her “remarkable vulnerability and beauty.”

The Pirates of the Caribbean star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was recognized with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the annual Snowflake Ball held in New York City on Tuesday.

“Audrey Hepburn was a truly remarkable woman, and her capacity for humanitarian work was as a great as her talent as an actress,” Bloom said while accepting the award. “It was something that was present in every aspect of her life. She inspired so many of us entertainers to use their influence for good, and it’s an honor to be here tonight.”

Bloom has been working with UNICEF since 2007 as a Goodwill Ambassador, traveling to war torn countries and meeting with children in need all over the world. “For me one of the greatest rewards for working in films that kids have seen around the world is the opportunity to be able to connect with children in some of the most remote and troubled parts of the world,” Bloom said.

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“I’m so grateful to be standing here – I can’t even tell you – to be working with UNICEF and I can’t wait to continue my work with UNICEF to do everything in my power to make sure the stories of these children, each and every one of them is not forgotten,” he continued.

Bloom closed his speech by dedicating the award to the children, addressing many of them by name and wishing them well. To a boy in the Former Yoguslav Republic of Macedonia, he said, “I really hope you made it safely to the Netherlands, mate, and that you can start a new life for yourself there and that you’re welcome.” And to a boy named Prince in South Africa, he said, “I hope you and your three siblings are able to continue your education.”

Remembering his mother’s dedication to the cause, Hepburn’s younger son Lucca Dotti said, “UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom continues this extraordinary mission and created remarkable legacy of his own. By his humility and his direct commitment, he reminds us how to be of the world.”