Marisa Tomei: Spider-Man co-stars are like family

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  • Marisa Tomei
    Marisa Tomei
    American actress
  • Jon Watts
    American film director, producer and screenwriter
Marisa Tomei has likened the Spider-Man set to a family credit:Bang Showbiz
Marisa Tomei has likened the Spider-Man set to a family credit:Bang Showbiz

Marisa Tomei feels part of a "family" in the Spider-Man franchise.

The 57-year-old actress returns to the role of Aunt May in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' and admits that the films have a sense of "camaraderie" that is uncommon in Hollywood.

The star hopes to work with director Jon Watts again on other movies and is pleased to see how lead stars Tom Holland and Zendaya have developed as actors.

Marisa told the I newspaper: "You do feel part of a family, which is very hard to find in Hollywood.

"I love Jon so much and to see Tom and Zendaya grow as artists is very exciting."

Marisa also revealed that she and Jon had an extensive conversation about spiders when she first took on the part.

She said: "And the power of spider medicine, and how the spider in native American culture is the female, as she weaves the web of life. She cares about the community."

Marisa shot to stardom after she played Mona Lisa Vito in the 1992 film 'My Cousin Vinny' – which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress – but she confessed that she was "ill-prepared" for the attention that came her way afterwards.

She explained: "I've felt differently about it at different times of my life... The further I get away from it, the more pleasurable it is. It was pleasurable at the time as well, but then I was ill-prepared for the attention afterwards. But in the actual moment, and the doors it opened, it was wonderful."

The 'In The Bedroom' actress has fought against sexism within the movie industry and is delighted to see that things seem to be changing.

Marisa said: "There are laws being changed now. Then there is the consciousness that has been raised... I cannot tell you what it has meant. I never thought I would see something like this in my life – never!"

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