Tom Holland Met With Widespread Praise For His Role In “The Crowded Room”

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Actor Tom Holland is receiving thunderous applause for his most recent challenging role. “The Crowded Room” stars Holland as Danny Sullivan, a serial killer with dissociative identity disorder who cannot recount all of his crimes. The show is set in Manhattan, New York in 1979, with Holland’s character based on the real criminal Billy Milligan. Holland stars opposite Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum, and more.

Alexandra Milchan, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Holland and Emmy Rossum at the premiere of "The Crowded Room" held at the Museum of Modern Art on June 1, 2023 in New York City.
Alexandra Milchan, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Holland and Emmy Rossum at the premiere of “The Crowded Room” held at the Museum of Modern Art on June 1, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Nina Westervelt/Variety via Getty Images)


Holland recently spoke out on taking a break from acting to focus on his mental health. He cited the role sending him to “a dark place” given the violent plot of the story. He recently spoke to life coach and podcaster Jay Shetty regarding his experiences with the pressures of Hollywood.

After the pressure and difficulties of the role that the actor spoke about, fans were not surprised in the slightest to see Holland had delivered a hugely impactful performance. The actor first hit the mainstream as the iconic beloved nerd-turned-superhero Peter Parker in the most recent “Spiderman” franchise alongside now girlfriend and acclaimed actress Zendaya.

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Many applauded the actor’s ability to slip into so many characters within the one he was portraying for “The Crowded Room.” New fans of the show are sharing their favorite scenes from the production across social media.


The character is Holland’s first foray into LGBTQ+ representation. Some fans applauded his ability to get into a character so separate from his personal life.

Others joked that both Holland and Zendaya have primarily refrained from filming intimate scenes in their films and television shows. Oddly enough, both of the couple’s recent projects feature intimate scenes, with Zendaya’s appearing in the upcoming sports romantic comedy “Challengers.”

Fans are already manifesting a successful awards season run next cycle for “The Crowded Room.”


While some criticized Holland for playing a gay character, many were quick to come to the actor’s defense, and remind audiences that the point of acting was to get into unique perspectives.

One Twitter user reminded critics that all three actors who have played Spiderman in different franchises (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland), have played gay characters throughout their respective careers.

Despite the show’s success with fans, “The Crowded Room” did receive negative reviews among some critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the critical score sits at a 30 percent, while the audience score reached a whopping 90 percent. Mental health professionals and clinically diagnosed dissociative identity disorder patients are applauding the show’s careful look at the rare illness.

“The Crowded Room” is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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