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Tom Holland Slams 'Ridiculous' Gender Stereotypes Over Height

Stewart Perrie


Tom Holland Slams 'Ridiculous' Gender Stereotypes Over Height

Tom Holland seems pretty miffed about everyone's obsession with him being shorter than his girlfriend Zendaya.

The two have appeared alongside each other in the latest Spider-Man trilogy and have recently been appearing in public together as a couple.

It didn't take long for people to point out how Zendaya is slightly taller than Holland and the British actor wants this to stop.

They both appeared on SiriusXM radio to promote Spider-Man: No Way Home and host Jessica Shaw pointed out how their two-inch height difference is obvious during one scene in particular.


"Zendaya. I wanted to ask. And actually, and Tom, I wanted to ask you guys because in the first, in, in Far From Home when MJ and Peter kiss and Zendaya, you're taller than Tom and it became this, this thing," he said.

Holland took the question and said two inches really isn't that much of a difference and finds it strange when people ask whether it was difficult to do a kissing scene.

The British star added their height difference doesn't affect them personally and finds the assumption that men should be taller than their female partners 'ridiculous'.

"I remember when we were doing the Spider-Man screen tests, I mean - you'd have to ask [director] Jon Watts this question - but every girl that we tested for both roles was taller than me," he said.


"And I wonder whether Jon, that was a decision that Jon had made. There was, there was no one that tested that was shorter than I was.

"To be fair - I am quite short. But, uh, but yeah, 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."

Zendaya jumped in and said the questions about their height difference is a 'screwed up mentality'.

"Yeah, this is normal too. My mom is taller than my dad. My mom is taller than everyone," she said.


Holland added that it was a 'stupid assumption'.

Shaw clarified her earlier question and said that she finds gendered stereotypes relating to heigh 'misogynistic' and 'problematic'.

Featured Image Credit: Abaca Press/Alamy Live News

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Tom Holland, Zendaya

Stewart Perrie
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