Zendaya and Tom Holland Were Told Not to Date by a 'Spider-Man' Producer

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield received the same warning.

The Spider-Man movie franchise has a long history of co-stars dating IRL. Back in 2001, Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire became a couple while playing Peter Parker and Mary Jane, and a decade later, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield went on to date for four years after shooting their iteration of the film. And now, Zendaya and Tom Holland are following in their predecessors's footsteps — despite a warning from one of the movie's producers.

In a new interview with The New York Times, Spider-Man No Way Home producer Amy Pascal revealed that she cautioned Zendaya and Holland against getting romantically involved. "I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture," she shared. "Don't go there — just don't. Try not to."

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Pascal added that she gave Stone and Garfield that same advice, saying: "It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me."

Zendaya and Tom met on the set of Spider-Man back in 2016, and for years fans speculated if the two were more than just friends. Though, it wasn't until this summer that they seemingly confirmed that they were a couple when photos of them kissing at a stoplight went viral. Despite being outed by the paparazzi, Zendaya and Holland continued to keep their relationship private, and, most importantly, professional.

"One of the downsides of our fame is that privacy isn't really in our control anymore, and a moment that you think is between two people that love each other very much is now a moment that is shared with the entire world," Holland told GQ in November. "I've always been really adamant to keep my private life private because I share so much of my life with the world anyway. We sort of felt robbed of our privacy. I don't think it's about not being ready—it's just that we didn't want to [talk about it]."

Zendaya agreed with Tom's assessment of the situation, telling the magazine: "It was quite strange and weird and confusing and invasive. The equal sentiment [we both share] is just that when you really love and care about somebody, some moments or things, you wish were your own.… I think loving someone is a sacred thing and a special thing and something that you want to deal with and go through and experience and enjoy amongst the two people that love each other."

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