Today, one of the most interesting series of the year has arrived on Apple TV+. Called “The Crowded Room,” Tom Holland’s thriller has managed to capture everyone’s attention… and temporarily withdraw the actor.
Yes, the series, which premieres today on Apple’s platform, has managed to make Tom Holland, the actor of the moment, take a break from the stage and the spotlight for a while. He has earned it after five years of hard work. Hollywood will be waiting for him upon his return.
And honestly, after starring in three Spider-Man movies in five years and two more alongside Marvel’s Avengers, Holland can rest assured that the bills will continue to be paid.
A series that has broken Tom Holland’s insides
Tom Holland says he will take a sabbatical year to take care of his mental health, after going through a “difficult time” and “a bit of a crisis” while working on his latest project.
The 27-year-old British actor is currently promoting the suspense series The Crowded Room on Apple TV+, in which he stars and produces.
As we explained yesterday, Holland portrays a character loosely based on the “campus rapist” Billy Milligan, an American who claimed to have 24 alternative personalities and was the first person to be declared not guilty by reason of insanity based on dissociative identity disorder.
Holland has explained that he had “loved the learning curve of becoming a producer,” but juggling those responsibilities with portraying a character with a serious mental illness had taken a toll on him.
“I’m no stranger to hard work,” he said. “I’ve lived by the idea that hard work is good work. On the other hand, the series broke me. There came a point where I needed a break, I disappeared and spent a week in Mexico, just relaxing on the beach. Now I’m taking a sabbatical year, and that’s the result of how challenging this series has been.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May, Holland said that The Crowded Room had left him struggling to shake off the role, and he even considered shaving his head to “get rid” of the character.
One of the most talented actors of his generation needs a break, which is understandable considering that at only 25 years old, he has been acting continuously since the age of 11. He has earned it. Come back when you can, but above all, come back well.
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