Tom Holland has revealed that he has been sober for a year and four months.
The “Spider-Man: No Way Home” star said his most recent project, the Apple TV+ show “The Crowded Room,” helped him recognize his own “triggers.”
On the show, Holland plays Danny Sullivan, a young man who accidentally gets into trouble after being arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.
“Learning about mental health and its power, and talking to psychiatrists about Danny’s struggles has been very informative for my own life,” the Briton told Entertainment Weekly.
The 26-year-old also spoke to psychiatrists in an attempt 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 hit me, and it took me a long time to recover afterwards, to come back to reality.”
After nine months of filming, Holland realized it was time to part ways with his character for the sake of his health.
“I saw myself in it, but in my personal life, I remember having a little 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 in the middle of shooting, so I decided not to. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.”
Holland hopes viewers will “have more respect and sympathy for people who are going through mental health issues” after her experience.
“I hope people feel educated about the powers of mental health, the struggles, [and] our incredible abilities to survive,” he added.
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Holland revealed last year that he was stepping back from social media platforms to better take care of his mental health.
“I think Instagram and Twitter are overstimulating, overwhelming,” the actor told his 67 million Instagram followers in a video.
“I get caught up and spiral when I read things about myself online and it is ultimately very detrimental to my state of mind. So I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”