Tom Holland shared the ‘great’ career advice Elizabeth Olsen gave him

In “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Tom Holland plays a superhero who fearlessly swings out of buildings and battles mighty villains – but in real life, the British actor struggles with his confidence.

Speaking to GQ magazine, Holland, 25, said earlier in his career he was often afraid or nervous about starting a new project. “As a kid, a lot of my self-confidence was really fake,” he told the publication. “But really, inside I was, ‘Oh, my God, I’m… terrified.’ ”

Holland was cast as Spider-Man in 2015, when he was only 19 years old, and appeared in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” before starring in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017 alongside superstar actors Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya and others. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” premiered in theaters across the United States Thursday night and is expected to gross approximately $200 million during its opening weekend, CNBC reports.

To calm his nerves on set, Holland says he’s learned to convince himself to focus on feeling aroused instead. “I got this advice as a kid that was really helpful, which is, if you think about the physical feeling of being nervous, it’s the same physical feeling as being excited,” he told GQ.

Still, Holland recalled feeling burned out at times as his acting career took off and couldn’t figure out how to set better work-life boundaries. But Elizabeth Olsen, who co-starred with Holland in “Captain America: Civil War” and the Avengers movies, helped the actor stand up for himself. “She gave me some great advice: ‘No’ is a full sentence … ‘No’ is enough,” he told GQ.

Holland turned to that advice during the international press tour for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which took him to 17 countries. When he arrived at the last stop of the tour, China, the Netherlands said he was ‘very ill’. “But I didn’t say no,” he added.

During a press conference, Holland reached his breaking point: he left the stage and surrendered. “I was under a lot of pressure to finish the day’s work,” he said. “That was the first time I really thought, ‘No, I’m done now. I’ve given you everything.’ “

Holland added that people often mistake his kindness for weakness. “Let me tell you if you’re a 19-year-old they really take advantage of you…you don’t know any better,” he said during his GQ interview. “Now I look back and think, ‘Wow, I wish someone had told me I could say no.’ “

While shooting the final scene for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Holland again turned to Olsen’s advice. “I kept stopping [the shoot] and said, ‘I’m so sorry, I just don’t believe what I’m saying,'” he told GQ.

Director Jon Watts pulled Holland aside to discuss the scene and together they came up with a new idea. “Then we presented it to the writers, they rewritten it and it works great,” he said.

Next up, Holland will star in the action movie “Uncharted,” which will premiere in February and will play Fred Astaire in an upcoming biopic about the entertainer.

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