Tom Holland and Zendaya have taken their on-screen romance for real and they’re not the first Spider-Man co-stars to fall in love on set. In fact, they’re the third pair to do so.
According to an interview with The New York Times on Friday, December 17, Spider-Man: No Way Home producer Amy Pascal shared that she tried to advise Tom and Zendaya against dating each other in the future after they were given their roles but it didn’t work out.
She revealed, “I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture. Don’t go there—just don’t. Try not to.” They weren’t the first to receive the lecture against dating each other.
The producer and former Sony executive said, “I gave the same advice to Andrew [Garfield] and Emma [Stone]. It can just complicate things, you know?”
But in the end, they didn’t listen. As she put it, “They all ignored me.”
Spider-Man fans are aware of how the actors who played the superhero fell in love with their on-screen partners, may it be MJ or Gwen Stacy. The first was between Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst who dated each other while making their first film.
Director Sam Raimi told Sydney Morning-Herald in 2007, “They apparently began dating with each other, I think, in the middle of the first movie…although I didn’t know it at the time.”
Sadly, they didn’t have their happy ending. He said, “They eventually broke up before the second movie. I was concerned they wouldn’t get the same chemistry back, but it was just me worrying. They really like each other, I think, very much. And that relationship probably just added to their ability to trust each other.”
Kirsten eventually got engaged and had two kids with Jesse Plemons while Toby married Jennifer Meyer but separated in 2016.
Meanwhile, Andrew and Emma also dated for four years after meeting on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man. They broke up in 2015 and last year Emma married director Dave McCary and gave birth to a baby girl last March.
In September, Andrew shared his experience while working on the Spider-Man movies with Variety saying, “I got to meet Emma and work with her and Sally Field. I had karma with Amy Pascal, who was a mother figure, and we would fight, but ultimately, we loved each other on a deep level.”