In an exclusive interview with the talented Tom Holland, he recently shared some heartfelt revelations about his upcoming Apple TV+ crime thriller, “The Crowded Room.”
In a candid conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Holland bared his soul and disclosed that filming “The Crowded Room” had a profound impact on his personal life. The Spider-Man star plays the role of Danny Sullivan, a character entangled in a real-life crime story based on Billy Milligan’s struggles with dissociative identity disorder.
“I was seeing myself in [the character], but in my personal life,” Holland admitted. The intensity of the role seeped into his own psyche, leading to what he described as a “bit of a meltdown.”
Feeling the weight of the role, Holland contemplated shaving his head as a symbolic gesture to distance himself from Danny Sullivan. He confessed, “I need to get rid of this character.” But with the show mid-shooting, he decided against it, opting to embrace the challenging experience instead. Talk about dedication!
Describing “The Crowded Room” as an exploration of the human mind’s extraordinary power, Holland emphasized its focus on trauma and the various ways we cope with it. This deeply personal journey also prompted the actor to reflect on his own mental health, leading to an incredible milestone: one year and four months of sobriety.
The Apple TV+ series not only transformed Holland’s perspective but also offered him valuable insights into mental health. Through conversations with psychiatrists about Danny and Billy’s struggles, the actor gained a new level of understanding. Now, he’s equipped to recognize triggers, like social media, that cause him stress—a lesson many of us can relate to.
With this transformative experience, Holland hopes that viewers of “The Crowded Room” will develop greater respect and sympathy for those battling mental health issues. He believes that educating people about the power and challenges of mental health is crucial, fostering a deeper appreciation for our incredible ability to survive.
In addition to Holland’s captivating portrayal, “The Crowded Room” boasts a stellar ensemble cast, including Amanda Seyfried, Sasha Lane, Will Chase, Lior Raz, Laila Robins, Christopher Abbott, and Henry Eikenberry. With such talent on board, this Apple TV+ series is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Mark your calendars, folks! “The Crowded Room” premieres on June 9, exclusively on Apple TV+. Join Tom Holland on this poignant journey as we explore the depths of the human mind and unravel the complexities of life.
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