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Tom Holland has revealed that he’s been sober for one year and four months.
The “Spiderman: No Way Home” star said his most recent project, the Apple TV+ show “The Crowded Room” helped him to recognize his own “triggers.”
In the show, Holland plays Danny Sullivan — a young man who accidentally lands himself in trouble after being arrested for a crime he did not commit.
“Learning about mental health and the power of it, and speaking to psychiatrists about Danny’s struggles, has been something that has been so informative to my own life,” the Brit told Entertainment Weekly.
The 26-year-old also spoke to psychiatrists in a bid to help him better understand his character
“I’m no stranger to the physical aspects of the job doing the whole action movie thing,” he explained.
“But the mental aspect, it really beat me up, and it tool a long time for me to recover afterward, to sort of get back to reality.”
After nine months of filming, Holland realized it was time to detach himself from his character for the sake of his health.
“I was seeing myself in him, but in my personal life, I remember having a bit of a meltdown at home and thinking, like, ‘I’m going to shave my head. I need to shave my head, because I need to get rid of this character,’” Holland shared.
“And, obviously, we were mid-shooting, so I decided not to. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.”
Holland hopes viewers “have more respect and more sympathy for people who are going through mental health issues” following his experience.
“I hope that people will feel educated about the powers of mental health, the struggles, [and] our incredible abilities to survive,” he added.
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Holland last year revealed he was stepping away from social media platforms to take better care of his mental health.
“I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming,” the actor told his 67 million Instagram followers in a video.
“I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it’s very detrimental to my mental state. So I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”
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