Tom Holland may be the new Spider-Man, but before he put on the tights, he was prey for real-life villains.
“I had my rough patches,” the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star told People. “There was times when I was bullied about dancing and stuff, but you couldn’t hit me hard enough to stop me from doing it.”
The 21-year-old danced throughout the early stages of his career, playing the title role in “Billy Elliot the Musical” in London at age 12. Of being discovered by one of its choreographers, Holland said, “They saw potential in me and they started sending dance teachers to my house.”
The harassment made Holland feel a kinship with his new superhero character. “I, like Peter, accepted I wasn’t the cool kid at school and just found my group of friends and got on with it.”
And now that Holland is a star, he now has fame to contend with. In a video interview with BBC Radio 1 he talks about becoming a “walking meme” online — all based on the way he pronounces a certain French pastry.
“My fans were like, ‘Tom Holland can’t say croissant, he says quackson.’ And every fan I meet, they take a video and they’re like, ‘Hey man, can you say quackson?'”