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Tom Holland says Hollywood “really scares” him after he recently announced that he’s as taking a break from acting.
During the 27-year-old actor’s recent appearance on Jay Shetty’s “On Purpose” podcast, the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star said he’s well aware of celebrities who “have lost themselves” in the entertainment industry, a fate which he hopes to avoid by distancing himself from it.
“Look, I really am a massive fan of making movies but I really do not like Hollywood, it is not for me,” Holland told the host.
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“The business really scares me,” he added.”I understand that I’m a part of that business, and I enjoy my kind of interactions with it. But that said, I am always looking for ways to kind of remove myself from it, to kind of just live as normal a life as possible.”
The Marvel star said appearing on the podcast itself was a “very rare thing” for him as he discussed the thought he keeps in mind at all times, which is “Don’t lose yourself.”
“I’ve seen so many people come before me and lose themselves, and I’ve had friends that I’ve grown up with that aren’t friends of mine anymore, because they’ve lost themselves to this business.”
“I just am really, really keen to focus on what makes me happy, which is my family, it’s my friends,” he added. “It’s my carpentry, my golf, the charity that my mom runs.”
“Like, that is the stuff that makes me really happy, and that’s the stuff that I should protect,” Holland continued. “My relationship is the thing I keep most sacred. I don’t talk about it. I try my best to keep it as private as possible. We both feel very strongly that that is the healthiest way for us to move on as a couple.”
The comments were most likely in reference to his Marvel co-star, 26-year-old Zendaya, the actress he’s long been connected to. The couple are rumored to be dating for years, but exactly how long is unclear.