She apparently gave the same advice to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Before there was Zendaya and Tom Holland, there was Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And before there was Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, there was Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
Though the leads of Spider-Man: No Way Home are now stealing hearts as a couple both on and off the screen, they are far from the first to date in the franchise’s history. Maguire and Dunst, the stars of the early-aughts iteration, got together in 2001 while filming the first movie, though they officially split by the sequel. And Garfield and Stone, who played Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, dated for four years before ultimately breaking up in 2015.
No Way Home producer Amy Pascal apparently advised multiple Peter Parkers and his corresponding love interests to avoid dating in real life.
She told The New York Times, “I took Tom and Zendaya aside, separately, when we first cast them and gave them a lecture. Don’t go there—just don’t. Try not to. I gave the same advice to Andrew and Emma. It can just complicate things, you know? And they all ignored me.”
Zendaya and Holland first sparked dating rumors this past summer, when paparazzi snapped photos of the two kissing in a car in L.A. Since, the two have remained tight-lipped on the status of their relationship, but that hasn’t stopped them from praising each other through social media and interviews. “I appreciate that he really loves being Spider-Man,” Zendaya said of Holland in an interview with InStyle. “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.”
With that kind of heroism built into the role, no wonder there have been so many on-set romances.