Tom Holland on Zendaya: “I’m Happy and In Love”

“You know, I’m locked up.”

Tom Holland and Zendaya gaze at each other lovingly
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One of our favorite couples? Tom Holland and Zendaya—and Holland is opening up about his feelings for Zendaya, his former Spider-Man costar whose relationship went public back in 2021. Holland, promoting his new Apple TV+ series The Crowded Room, undertook the challenge of answering 30 questions as quickly as possible, and in the midst of his interview, some true love nuggets came out that made us swoon.

In addition to learning that Holland’s love languages are physical touch and words of affirmation and that he’s recently started watching Survivor for the very first time, it’s when he was asked what the secret to his “rizz” was (rizz being another word for charisma or charm, especially when flirting), Holland said “I have no rizz whatsoever. I have limited rizz.” 

Zendaya and Tom Holland on a red carpet

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Alluding to how he and Zendaya fell in love, he added “I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work. So, long game. Probably making a movie with each other—it definitely helps when the characters are falling in love with one another. You can sort of blur the lines a little bit.”

Of the rizz, he said “that’s kind of where my rizz is at. And, you know, I’m locked up. I’m happy and in love so I’ve got no need for rizz.”

Tom Holland and Zendaya get close on a red carpet

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Zendaya came up again later in the interview, when he revealed that she is the person that sends him the most memes: “It’s nonstop,” Holland said. “She sends me too much. It’s like, I can’t keep up! I delete my Instagram for days at a time. I download it to post and then I have to check my messages, and I’ll have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of things from her.”

One last tidbit about his girlfriend? Zendaya was actually Holland’s childhood celebrity crush, apparently. Endless swoon over here over these two.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.