Tom Holland Praises Elizabeth Olsen For Her ‘Amazing’ Advice

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Despite Tom Holland being a successful film star with an array of Marvel films under his belt, the actor has opened up about his feelings of vulnerability.

In an interview with GQ magazine, the Spider-Man: No Way Home star confessed that when he was younger, he faked his confidence, but has since learned to be more upfront and honest.

While he used to appear put-together, he said: 'inside I was [saying], "Oh, my God, I’m f*cking terrified."'

And he thanks fellow Avengers: Endgame star Elizabeth Olsen for helping him to get to a place of authentic self-assurance.

'I actually learned this from Elizabeth Olsen. She gave me an amazing piece of advice: "No" is a full sentence. "No" is enough,' he said of the 32-year-old actor and sister to The Row co-founders Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Olsen herself has recently been in the spotlight, having received her first Golden Globes nomination for her lead role in limited anthology series WandaVision.

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Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

BAFTA-winning Holland, who made his acting debut in Oscar-winning 2012 movie The Impossible, has also been praised by girlfriend and Spider-Man co-star Zendaya, who said: 'Anytime I’ve ever watched him work, he does it 150 percent. It’s incredible to watch.'

It's a sentiment which he seems to reciprocate, with Holland recently gushing: 'Having her in my life was so instrumental to my sanity. She is so good at being the role model for young guys and girls.'

Holland has also highlighted the role that his fictional action character plays, saying: 'There are kids out there who are bullied at school who don’t fit in, and Spider-Man is their f***ing go-to guy, you know? And at the moment I’m that guy.'

The British actor, who stands at 5ft 8in, went on to address his height, saying: 'I’d do this thing on red carpets where I would stand closer to the photographers than the people behind me [to look taller].'

As for now: 'I cannot do anything about my height. I can put on more muscle,' he said.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

On a relatively different note, the Marvel star decided in the same interview to recount one of his recurring dreams.

The actor, who often wakes up with sleep paralysis, recalled a dream which involved him meeting a woman before getting her pregnant, and while the thought of this might have scared him in the past, he admits this time around he wasn't nervous at all.

Recalling the aftermath of his dream, Holland said: 'After, I thought… I kind of miss my little girl now.'

And he expressed his wishes to become a dad one day, saying: 'I’d be very content with just being a stay-at-home dad, and producing a film here and there,' before stressing that work isn't everything.

'I’m trying to live my life a little bit more freely,' he said.

His approach to dating Zendaya appears to be benefitting from this newfound embrace of freedom.

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Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

Speaking to the New York Times, producer Amy Pascal, part of the team behind the Spider-Man franchise from the start, said she advised Holland and Zendaya not to date.

'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,' she said.

She later added that her advice was ignored.

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