“It was rough”: Tom Holland Reveals Zendaya Had to Put Up With Him for Nearly a Year for His Crazy Role That Broke Him Mentally

Tom Holland Reveals Zendaya Had to Put Up With Him for Nearly a Year for His Crazy Role That Broke Him Mentally
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Tom Holland and Zendaya – the fan-favorite Hollywood duo who continue to melt everyone’s heart by setting adorable couple goals. May it be them hyping each other up by showing appreciation for each other’s work or sharing small tokens of love on social media – the duo never fails to display their love for one another. However, in another heartwarming incident, Holland recently expressed his gratitude to his girlfriend for putting up with his less-than-ideal hair for almost a year.

Tom Holland and Zendaya are Hollywood's most liked couple
Tom Holland and Zendaya are Hollywood’s most-liked couple

The Spider-Man: No Way Home actor, who was last seen promoting his new Apple TV+ series, The Crowded Room, set in 1979, sported a distinctively scraggly hairstyle for his role.

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Tom Holland revealed how grateful he is for Zendaya putting up with his ‘crazy’ hairstyle

In an interview with Radio Times, Tom Holland candidly addressed his dissatisfaction with the dark brown, curly hair he had to maintain for his role in The Crowded Room. He even expressed a preference for his hair to be more like his mother’s, with a reddish hue. Despite not being a fan of the hairstyle, Holland acknowledged that it suited his character, who may or may not be a murderer in the series.

Tom Holland in The Crowded Room
Tom Holland in The Crowded Room

Not only did Holland grow and dye his hair for the role, but he also had to maintain the look for nearly a year during filming. Recognizing the challenge it posed, Holland expressed his appreciation for Zendaya’s patience and support throughout the process.

“I think a large reason for that is when you make a film, it only takes four months and that would be considered a long film. But The Crowded Room, it’s 10 months of playing this character, day in and day out. I really did find myself kind of morphing with him in certain moments. And obviously, I had that crazy hairstyle. I had the bangs. Bless Zendaya, she had a lot to put up with, with me looking like that for 10 months, it was rough.”

Holland’s heartfelt appreciation for Zendaya’s support further emphasized the strong bond between the two actors. Their relationship has been a subject of interest among fans, and Holland’s recognition of Zendaya’s patience and understanding only adds to the list of reasons why she is highly regarded by many.


However, apart from the challenges faced by Holland due to his physical appearance, the actor also suffered mentally while trying to portray the role of Danny Sullivan in The Crowded Room.

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The Crowded Room forced Tom Holland to take a one-year hiatus

Holland admitted that the transformation into his character over such an extended period had an impact on him personally. He found himself “morphing” with the character during certain moments of the filming process. While reminiscing about the mental challenges he faced while working on the project, he said,


“I’m no stranger to hard work. I’ve lived by the idea that hard work is good work. Then again, the show did break me. There did come a time where I needed a break and disappeared and went to Mexico for a week and had time on a beach and laid low. I’m now taking a year off, and that is a result of how difficult this show was. I am excited to see how it turns out. I feel like our hard work wasn’t in vain.”

Tom Holland in The Crowded Room
Tom Holland in The Crowded Room

Furthermore, he continued that the layers of emotions depicted in Danny Sullivan’s character also took a toll on him. He added,

“It was a tough time, for sure. We were exploring certain emotions that I have definitely never experienced before. And then on top of that, being a producer, dealing with the day-to-day problems that come with any film set, just added that extra level of pressure.”

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The first episode of The Crowded Room premiered on June 09, 2023, on Apple TV+. Described as a thrilling and poignant show with grappling twists, the series has unfortunately garnered just a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.9/10 on IMDb.


Source: Cosmopolitan, The Guardian


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