Tom Holland Talks Spider-Man, Celebrity Role Models, And Playing Golf To Cool Off

Tom Holland is at ease on the cover of the new GQ Style.

In the issue, the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star talks success and how golf keeps him grounded.

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“What’s nice about golf is it’s the most humbling sport,” Holland explains. “Like, ‘Avengers’, for example, just became the biggest film of all time. That’s amazing, super-exciting. So I’m like: ‘I’m gonna go play golf with the boys and celebrate.’

“And then you play like a d**k, and it brings you right back to the earth.”

The 23-year-old also addresses the recent breakdown in negotiations between Sony and Disney, which means Spider-Man will no longer appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

“I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel,” Holland says. “I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor.

“Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”

Tom Holland. Photo: Fanny Latour-Lambert for GQ Style
Tom Holland. Photo: Fanny Latour-Lambert for GQ Style

Holland also talks about the celebrities he regards as role models, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“The Rock is someone I’ve always looked up to. His whole thing is: Be the hardest-working person in the room. It’s something that I’ve really taken to heart. And when I heard him say that for the first time, I was like, That is a really good saying.”

He then names some of the celebrities he’s worked with on the Marvel films, including Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, and Chris Hemsworth.

“It was a nice eye-opener for me that, like, you can work in this industry and be at that level and not be a d**k, you know? ‘Cause you hear all the horror stories.”

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The actor also addresses being photographed with a “mystery blonde” over the summer, and revealed that he’d rather not have that kind of attention.

“It’s just, I’m a very private person,” he says. “If you do a Google search, I’m not a tabloid person. I don’t like living in the spotlight. I’m quite good at only being in the spotlight when I need to be. Um, so…uh…it just was a bit of a shock to the system. It’s the first time I’ve ever kind of been in the tabloids. It’s the first time something like this has ever really happened to me. So it’s a bit of a shock to the system. Um, but you know, but it’s something that you look at and you go, ‘Oh, well, I just don’t put myself in that situation again.'”

He adds, “For me, it’s a reflection of a life that I don’t live. And I like my private life, I like my friends, I like going out. And it—yeah, I just— Yeah. I was just, Whoa, what is going on here? And it was just a little stressful. You know, it was a wake-up of, like: This is what your life is now. So just be wary.”

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