“I never really wanted this”: Tom Holland Details How He Broke into Hollywood When He Was Only 14-Years-Old

Reflecting on his rise in Hollywood, Tom Holland explained he has been extremely lucky.

tom holland details how he broke into hollywood when he was only 14-years-old


  • Tom Holland's ascend in Hollywood was a complete fluke per the actor.
  • Despite not having any ambitions of succeeding in Hollywood, he loves the craft.
  • While he loves making movies, following his resentment toward Hollywood, the actor would rather prefer spending time with his loved ones.
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At the mere age of 27, Tom Holland has reached a status that many actors can only dream of. From headlining three acclaimed standalone Spider-Man flicks to challenging himself as an actor in The Crowded Room, the British actor’s ascend to the top is nothing short of remarkable.


But interestingly, becoming one of the biggest names in the realm of entertainment wasn’t too challenging for Holland, who broke out in Hollywood at the age of 14. The Far From Home Star, who took a brief hiatus from acting earlier this year, explained that while he loves acting, his enormous success boiled down to getting lucky.

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Tom Holland in Uncharted
Tom Holland

Tom Holland Was Just at the Right Place at the Right Time

Tom Holland‘s rise in Hollywood can be summed up by saying he was in the right place at the right time. Speaking on the Jay Shetty podcast, the Marvel Star recalled that as a kid he had no ambitions of becoming an actor, as he only did it as a hobby and was more focused on pursuing a career in dancing. But as the story goes, he eventually landed a part in Billy Elliot the Musical after he was spotted in his dance class, which fortunately for him, was also attended by an agent, who’d go on to sign the actor.

Tom Holland as Billy Elliot
Tom Holland as Billy Elliot

Not long after that, she sent him to an audition for 2012’s The Impossible, and all of a sudden, he was on set working with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and the actor was only 14 at the time. He recalled,

“Just by complete fluke, an agent came to see the show [Billy Elliot the Musical], the night I was on, she signed me, she sent me to an audition for a film, I was lucky enough to get the part. All of a sudden I was on set with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, and we made The Impossible… So I never really wanted this. I just sort of never stopped doing it and I love it.”

And while Holland loves collaborating with other artists and the creativity in the field, the actor explained that he isn’t a big fan of Hollywood itself.


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The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible (2012)

Tom Holland Prefers Spending Time With His Loved Ones Rather Than in Hollywood

While Tom Holland loves making movies, he explained that the Hollywood business scares him, stating that he would prefer spending time with his friends and family and just “live as normal a life as possible.” He said,

“I just am really really keen to focus on what makes me happy, which is my family, my friends, my carpentry, my golf, the charity that my mom runs,” he added. “That is the stuff that makes me really happy and that’s the stuff that I should protect.”

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Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home
Tom Holland as Spider-Man

But despite his repugnance towards Hollywood’s business side of things, the actor confirmed he’ll return to play Spider-Man again if there is a story worth telling about the character.



Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.