Tom Holland and Zendaya share how ‘ridiculous’ height stereotypes are for straight couples

Tom Holland and Zendaya are no strangers to stopping public interference when it comes to their relationship. The “Spider-Man” stars have already addressed the feeling of “privacy theft” after photos were leaked of Holland kissing Zendaya, before their relationship became public.

For the record, Holland is reported to be 5′ 8″. Zendaya, on the other hand, is 5′ 10″. And for some reason, this height difference is causing a huge fanfare. So much so that both Holland and Zendaya ended up tackling “The Problem.” While promoting “Spider-Man: No Way Home” on SiriusXM last Friday (December 10).

Tom Holland and Zendaya talk about “ridiculous” stereotypes about their height difference.

SiriusXM presenter Jessica Shaw mentioned that in the previous movie, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Peter Parker (Netherlands) and MJ (Zendaya) share an on-screen kiss. No effort has been made to cheat on the fact that Zendaya has a few inches above her co-star.

“And then it became this thing,” Xu said.

In jest, Holland quickly defended that Zendaya wasn’t much taller than him. One, two inch tops.

Then he pointed out how utterly baffled he was that people couldn’t figure out how a kiss could be done. “It must have been very difficult,” he says sarcastically.

Zendaya also added, “It’s such a beautiful, beautiful moment between them…why not let it be?”

Xu moved the conversation, saying that the general reaction suggested something more misogynistic and problematic: expect that Men should always be taller than women in straight relationships. Anything else is not normal.

“My mom is taller than my dad, and my mom is taller than everyone else,” Zendaya said, “that’s normal, too.”

“It’s a stupid assumption,” Holland added, sharing that during the Spider-Man screen tests, every girl tested was taller than him.

“I was wondering if this was a decision for John [Watts, the director] I made. No one was tested shorter than me,” he told Shaw, adding, “This was probably a decision John Watts made and something he was very familiar with and wanted to break the stereotype. I think that’s great.”

Holland, who is never lacking in hilarious banter, gave the disclaimer “To be fair, I’m too short.”

Despite polite opposition, Zendaya and Holland remain good sports. As seen in this clip from “The Graham Norton Show,” they joke about how the difference in length affected some of the movie’s stunts.

As Zendaya explains, “There’s a certain trick where Spider-Man will swing us over a bridge, and put me there. … because of the height difference … we were tied, so I was going to land in front of him. My feet obviously hit the ground before he does.”

Then there’s a funny demo where Zendaya grabs Tom Holland’s landing. The basics of physics don’t match the magic of movies.

“It’s so good that you got arrested for a change!” Holland shouts.

“Like… It’s not unusual for a woman to be tall,” said No Way Home’s Jacob Batalon, who also appeared on the SiriusXM interview, adding, “It’s annoying that it has to be a conversation. Like that can’t possibly be.” It would be normal.”

Zendaya thought coldly, “I honestly didn’t think of it as a thing because my parents had always been like this, so I didn’t know people cared.”

It sure he does Not It must be something. As Shaw pointed out, seeing MJ taller alongside Peter Parker seems small, but it can make a huge impact. Dispelling societal myths on the big screen can help change the mainstream real-life narrative, too. This is, after all, the true power (and great responsibility) of popular culture.

Hopefully with this old build out of the way, we can all focus on what really matters: that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will be in cinemas in just a few days.

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