Zendaya and Tom Holland Height Difference: Who’s Taller?

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While you would not expect her to be super tall, Zendaya is above-average height and towered over her co-star Tom Holland in the 2017 American superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Is Zendaya shorter than Tom Holland?

Measuring 5’10” (178 cm), she is significantly taller than Tom Holland, who measures 5’7″ (170 cm). The Greatest Showman actress even worried she would not get the role of Michelle in Spider-Man: Homecoming due to her height.

Tom Holland is significantly shorter than his Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star ZendayaTom Holland is significantly shorter than his Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Zendaya (Credit: Lexi Jones / WENN)

“I was worried because he’s so much shorter than me. I was like, ‘Damn it! It’s going to be weird because I’m super tall.’ But then we ended up doing the audition sitting. So that was good,” she said in an interview with Variety.

“I was a gymnast when I was a kid, so I did a backflip, just to show Marvel that I could do that sort of stuff. I was like, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Holland.’ Backflip. ‘I’m from London.’ Side flip. ‘I’m five-foot-seven.’ Front flip. I had a lot of fun making those tapes,” Tom Holland told The Hollywood Reporter about his height.

Zendaya worried that her height difference with Tom Holland would stop her from landing her role as MJ in the Spider-ManZendaya worried that her height difference with Tom Holland would stop her from landing her role as MJ in the Spider-Man (Credit: Lexi Jones / WENN)

“Basically, you have to do a thing called an Ident, which is where you sent in a self-tape from a script that they sent you,” he recalled about his audition for Spider-Man: Homecoming in a roundtable interview with The Philippine Star.

“But before that, you have to give a brief summary of who you are and say how tall you are. Every actor lies so I told them I am five foot ten!”

Zendaya is much taller than Tom Holland when wearing high heelsZendaya is much taller than Tom Holland when wearing high heels (Credit: Oscar Gonzalez / WENN)

When did Zendaya and Tom Holland start dating?

Meeting while working on Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2016, Tom Holland and Zendaya were quickly rumored to be dating. In July 2021, they were captured kissing in Holland’s $125,000 Audi sports car.

Zendaya opened up about her rumored boyfriend in an interview with InStyle published in October 2021. She was asked if she appreciates him more as a friend or as an actor.

“There are many things, obviously, that I appreciate. In an actor way, I appreciate that he really loves being Spider-Man. It’s a lot of pressure — you take on the role of a superhero wherever you go. To the little kid who walks by, you are Spider-Man. I think he handled that so well. And seeing him at work, even though he’s not a Virgo [laughs], he is a perfectionist.”

Zendaya and Tom Holland started dating after meeting while working on Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2016Zendaya and Tom Holland started dating after meeting while working on Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2016 (Credit: Columbia Pictures / Marvel Studios)

“Our director allowed me to come in every day [of the shoot], and it was cool to see how he cares so much about his work and making it right. I watched him do a fight scene all day, which is exhausting. He’d do a move, come back to the monitors, watch it, and say, ‘I can do that better.’ I’d be like, ‘Dude, you got it.’ But he wants us to be perfect, and I really appreciate that.”

“Yeah, he’s a fun time. Very charismatic, can make anybody feel comfortable and have a good laugh and a good chat. A good chat — I sound so British,” she added.

“We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing,” Holland told People in 2017 before the dating rumors surfaced.

“I’m a little worried [about dealing with fame…but] Zendaya is super famous and she’s been through this, and I just call her up and say, ‘How do I manage being famous?’ I’m very glad I have a friend like her.”

Tom Holland and Zendaya joked about their height difference during a joint interview on “The Graham Norton Show”Tom Holland and Zendaya joked about their height difference during a joint interview on “The Graham Norton Show” on December 3, 2021 (Credit: The Graham Norton Show)

Making an appearance on “The Graham Norton Show” in December 2021, the couple joked about doing ‘Spider-Man’ stunts with their height difference.

“Because of our height difference, if we’re on the same point — we were attached — I would land before him. My feet obviously hit the ground before he does,” she said about a stunt when her taller boyfriend is supposed to hold her while swinging them onto a bridge.

“And I’m the superhero. I’m supposed to look cool,” Holland added, as Zendaya laughed. “And she would land… and my feet would swing from underneath me and then she would catch me.”

Jumping into one event after another, slipping into one outfit after the next, sitting on the makeup chair for hours — some celebrities may find this life too chaotic, or eventually routine, but in January 2016, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya was practicing gratefulness.

The actress shared her gratitude via Twitter right before the Golden Globes.

Zendaya wears her hair in a textured lob at the Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN GalaZendaya wears her hair in a textured lob at the Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala held January 9, 2016, in Los Angeles (Credit: WENN / Brian To)

A day before the Golden Globes, Zendaya was photographed at the Art of Elysium 2016 Heaven Gala in Los Angeles.

Zendaya wears a two-piece white suit on the red carpetZendaya wears a two-piece white suit on the red carpet (Credit: WENN / Brian To / FayesVision)

Zendaya totally nailed androgynous dressing on the red carpet of the Art of Elysium x Vivienne Westwood event, showing up in a white two-piece suit with a cropped top underneath.

Zendaya's feet in nude Christian Louboutin pumpsZendaya’s feet in nude Christian Louboutin pumps (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

The then-19-year-old showed off her feet in nude “So Kate” heels from Christian Louboutin for her understated look.

Zendaya accents her two-piece white suit with several personalized necklacesZendaya accents her two-piece white suit with several personalized necklaces (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

It must have been the dream of finally walking on the Golden Globes red carpet that got Zendaya to pause and revel in the moment.

We totally get her, though, since it had been an amazing journey for the teenager (and yes, she was still a teenager).

Zendaya takes a moment to say thank youZendaya takes a moment to say thank you (Credit: Twitter)

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