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Previous Performance Proves That Tom Holland Is No Stranger to Reversing Gender Norms

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Credit: Comedy Central, Apple TV, Canva

Tom Holland’s career first began when he played the titular character Billy Elliot onstage at the age of nine. However, he’s better well-known for playing Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tom Holland (full name Thomas Stanley Holland) first debuted in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War (2016), playing an all-new imagining of Spider-Man.

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Since then, the young actor has appeared in multiple Marvel Studios films, including Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and solo films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

Most recently, Tom Holland has starred in the Apple TV series The Crowded Room (2023) as Danny Sullivan, a young man who doesn’t realize he has DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Credit: Apple TV

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As he’s playing a character with different personalities, or alters, he’s also playing those distinct characters as well. In the most recent episode, he played a female personality which included wearing heavy eye makeup.

The results were mixed, with some fans supporting and even praising the androgynous look while other viewers criticized him.

tom holland in the crowded room

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However, this isn’t the first time Tom Holland has taken gender roles and thrown them out the window.

Back in 2017, Tom Holland and his co-star (now girlfriend) Zendaya appeared on Comedy Central’s Lip Synch Battle. While Zendaya dressed as Bruno Mars and performed a pop song, Tom Holland dressed as another iconic pop star…Rihanna:

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During his performance, the young Spider-Man actor dresses as Rihanna and dances along to the song “Umbrella” after fooling audiences into thinking he was performing “Singin’ In The Rain” by Gene Kelly.

In short, Tom Holland is no stranger to portraying more feminine characters, and it should come as a surprise to no one given this earlier performance in his career.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.

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