Tom Holland And Zendaya Were Advised Not To Date By Spider-Man Producer
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Tom Holland and Zendaya have kept fans guessing for some time about their off-screen relationship, having maintained for years that they’re just good mates – only to be photographed sharing an intimate kiss back in July.
The duo, who feature alongside each other in Spider-Man: No Way Home, have since shown signs of their affection to one another – with Holland famously stopping an interview recently so that he could watch his girlfriend walk down the red carpet at the film’s premiere.
But it turns out there may be a good reason for their slightly guarded approach, as they had actually been advised not to date by a top Spider-Man producer.
In an interview with the New York Times, producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige were asked about why lead Spider-Man actors ‘end up falling for each other in real life’, from Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone through to – of course – Holland and Zendaya.
“It can’t just be the spandex,” journalist Brooks Barnes said as he posed the question.
Pascal explained that she had actually told them not to date, but had been ignored.
She said: “I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture. Don’t go there — just don’t. Try not to. I gave the same advice to Andrew and Emma.
“It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me.”
Earlier this week, 25-year-old Holland revealed that, at some point in the future, he hopes to take a break from acting to focus on starting a family.
Speaking to People, he said: "I've spent the last six years being so focused on my career. I want to take a break and focus on starting a family and figuring out what I want to do outside of this world."
He went on to add: "I love kids. I can't wait to be a dad - I can wait and I will, but I can't wait!
"If I'm at a wedding or a party, I'm always at the kids' table hanging out. My dad's been such a great role model for me. I think I've got that from him."
Touching on the fact that this Spider-Man instalment might be his last, he added: "I've loved every minute of it. I've been so grateful to Marvel and Sony for giving us the opportunity and keeping us on and allowing our characters to progress. It's been amazing.
"And that's why for me, I don't want to say goodbye to Spider-Man - but I feel like we might be ready to say goodbye to Spider-Man.
"I don't want to be responsible for holding back the next young person that comes in who deserves it just as much so."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is out in cinemas now.