Tom Holland has already experienced a few bumps in the road. At 19 years old, he was cast as Peter Parker in Marvel’s The Avengers, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequel. His meteoric rise from humble origins to Hollywood heartthrob propelled him to across-the-board fame. In Hollywood, fame is fleeting. But it can be uncomfortable — if not debilitating — to live in a world where you are constantly under eyes of thousands, if not millions. At his recent press event for his upcoming film Into the Spider-Verse, the actor candidly talked about the pressure he was under when it came to articulating his thoughts in interviews and remembering his lines. The heir apparent to the mantle of the teen heartthrob, I sat down with him on a rainy afternoon at Sony Studios to get some updates on the future.
Is it weird to be such a big star now?
What’s so weird about it? I can look the public in the eye and say, “I’m an actor,” and people start looking at me in a respectful way. So what’s weird is [when] you’re at a party, you’re looking around at people, like, what are you doing with your life? You’re not dreaming about what you want to do. You’re not working on your craft. When you see it, it’s weird. It’s exciting.
Is there pressure being in a more revered role in the Spider-Man movies?
I think the first one took a little bit of getting used to. You want to be able to be in those movies, but also what was fun is that I was able to play the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man, but a lot of that I think you just take for granted. I’ve had some of my best scenes, probably, in Spider-Man: Homecoming with Michael Keaton as Vulture. But again, that [huge] project is the next on my agenda. It’s not something I’m obsessive over, I’m more like, “Oh wow, it’s the next one, that’s what I have to focus on.” It’s just really scary, and you’re always worried about being good.
Are there any pressures in your next role?
That’s the thing: You’re worried about being something that other people won’t like. When I found out that I got this role, I felt as though I was the luckiest person in the world. And in a weird way, because Spider-Man was a success, everyone’s expectations for me have gone up. Everyone that’s made the film — and most of my support team, like the directors — we had to be very, very careful because everyone’s expecting us to deliver. I’m not going to give anything away, but I think it’s a great part.
Do you sleep a lot?
I don’t sleep much. It’s not like I’m a weird cave guy — I do a lot of things, but obviously it’s so hard, and because I’m sleeping so much, and it’s so hard to stay concentrated for a full working day and not move around and talk to anyone, all that happens is a lot of my power goes down. You’re just like, “Jesus, here I am working on this movie, so why does my wrist start hurting?” So it’s a difficult thing. I think I went to the doctor, and I think that’s why we’re talking about this, so that I can tell people what a weird thing this is.
At night, is there any room for dreaming?
I dream a lot. I try not to dream. I’m trying really hard not to dream, and I do miss it. But then I’m always in the middle of it. It’s part of how I process the world in the sense that when I sleep, I just see things, that are based on real life, and sometimes the parts of the film are based on my day at work, or that day at school, or whatever. But it’s always a very mixed dream where my dreams are like a record of what I’ve been doing. And when I wake up, it’s like, “What? I remember this?”
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