Tom Holland and Zendaya’s relationship has set a standard for youth, the duo is couple goals in every way possible. The love birds entangled themselves in the web of romance after being cast opposite to each other in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It took them five years to make their romance public.
Holland and Zendaya’s height difference has always been a bone of contention among fans. Ever since Holland and Zendaya’s romance became public the duo have received obnoxious questions about their height difference. It feels like the young couple has learned to joke about it sometimes.
Tom Holland’s short height made shooting Spider-Man tough
It is no secret that Holland’s on-screen and off-screen lady love is quite taller than him. He has often been at the receiving end of awkward and intrusive questions about the height difference. The couple however has learned to joke about the height difference a reflection of this can be seen in a promotional interview.
Zendaya and Tom Holland discussed what fans can anticipate from Spider-Man: No Way Home on a previous broadcast of the Graham Norton Show. They even elaborated on one sequence that required some reshoots. Because Zendaya is taller than Holland, it wasn’t as simple as they had planned for Spidey to rest MJ on a bridge after swinging her there. Zendaya explained,
“Because of our height difference, if we’re on the same point, we were attached, I would land before him,” Zendaya said. “My feet obviously hit the ground before he does.”
In plenty of other takes, Zendaya would have to be the one to grab his leg as it swung out after his landing. To this Holland replied, “I’m the superhero. I’m supposed to look cool, It’s so nice to be caught for a change,” Nonetheless, Zendaya said that the superhero actor handled the difficult landings with grace. Zendaya revealed that Holland was very grateful and did not make a huge fuss about it.
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Tom Holland and Zendaya slam people for height shaming
Tom Holland and Zendaya, who starred Spider-Man: No Way Home, are regularly targeted by online trolls due to their disparity in height. Tom, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon made an appearance together to discuss their film. The interviewer however began to talk about the absurd social expectations around their disparity in height.
Zendaya, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall, and Tom, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, participated in an interview on SiriusXM Town Hall with presenter Jessica Shaw. Jessica questioned the pair. She asked them about how their kissing scene went viral with fans demanding to know how they could kiss despite a visible height difference. Holland interjected,
“Not that much taller. Let’s just, let’s put this out there. Maybe like an inch or two at best. It’s not like, people say like ‘how did you guys kiss? It must have been so difficult’.”
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The interviewer made her stance clear on how she thinks what they did is commendable and it breaks the patriarchal stereotype of guys always being taller and hence more dominant than women in the relationship. To Holland and Zendaya agreed and the Spider-Man actor recalled when they were screen tested,
“I remember when we were doing the Spider-Man screen tests… You’d have to ask [director] Jon Watts this question, but every girl that we tested for both roles was taller than me. I wonder whether that was a decision Jon had made.
“There was no one that tested that was shorter than I was. To be fair, I am quite short, so maybe that was a decision Jon Watts made and something he was aware of and wanted to break the stereotype. I think it’s great,”
The couple continue to break the stereotype and are seen together on red-carpet and promotions regularly. Zendaya is reported to be cast as Spider-Man’s love interest in the upcoming Spider-Man film as well.
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Spider-Man 4 is likely to hit theatres in June 2024. Spider-Man: No Way Home is streaming on Netflix.