Tom Holland is thankful Zendaya has helped him navigate fame and shown him the best way to interact with fans who stop him for a photo.
The 24-year-old actor has praised his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” co-star for guiding him through life in the spotlight, in particular showing him the best ways to interact with fans that would leave a good impression and make him feel more at ease with being in the public eye. He told the new issue of GQ magazine: “Talking to Zendaya’s helped me a lot, actually.
“I used to come across sometimes as a bit of a dick to fans, mainly as I was always so surprised that they’d want a picture with me or signature or whatever.
“I’d have the typical Londoner reaction, one of instant suspicion, ‘Why are you talking to me?’ Zendaya spotted this and quickly told me that this sort of reaction was going to be more aggro than just smiling and taking the picture. She totally changed the way I am able to be more comfortable in public.
Tom has also received a lot of guidance and support from fellow Avenger Robert Downey Jr. but the 55-year-old star insisted he looks on the younger actor as being a “brother” to him, rather than filling the role of “weird, rich uncle” for his friend.
Downey said: I am protective of Tom, sure. But I protect his right to be his own man. We have a very, very difficult to explain affinity for each other.
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