John Boyega says ‘Star Wars’ ruined his love life

John Boyega was recently on the Graham Norton show along with Orlando Bloom, and it led to the story of how Star Wars ruined Boyega’s love life. At least in part.

“I know Orlando, and he gave me some advice before Star Wars 7 came out,” Boyega shared. “His advice was … ‘Try and secure the love of your life before this happens.'”

“And I did,” he went on before describing a date he had in New York City. “She didn’t know what I did, until we were driving through Times Square, and she goes, ‘What do you do for a living?'”

“I looked up and I go, ‘That,'” Boyega answered, motioning to a billboard of him and a lightsaber.

“I blocked her on my phone,” he continued, not getting into specifics about what happened afterward that was so terrible. “That picture … just kind of affected her.”

It was then that Bloom recounted a story of a fan experience that happened to him shortly after the release of the first Lord of the Rings movie.

“I was in a supermarket,” the 40-year-old recollected. “The first [Lord of the Rings] … had only just released, and this woman came up behind me and whispered into my ear, ‘Are you my elf?'”

His quick-thinking answer? “No, I’m your garden gnome.”

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