Tom Holland Talks Going Undercover as a High-School Student for ‘Spider-Man’ Role

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In preparation to play high-school student Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, 20-year-old British actor Tom Holland enrolled at a NYC high school.

Holland revealed his undercover operation in a Facebook Live session Friday (Dec. 9, 2016). “The coolest thing I think I did for the movie was I was enrolled in a high school in New York, in the Bronx, as a secret. No one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name, a fake accent. I went to school for three days, I think. It was really fun.”

The actor, who hails from London, said the experience was quite different from his own. “It was really interesting because New York high schools are so different than the schools that I went to in London. When I went to school, you had to wear a suit and tie and it’s all boys and for me, it was the first time I was in a classroom with girls. It was like a really strange experience. It was really fun.”

Holland said he tried to tell a few of the students he was actually Spider-Man, but no one believed him. “I told one kid at the school, I was like, ‘Hey man, I’m actually Spider-Man.’ He did not believe me, was like, ‘What? No.’ I said, ‘No, seriously, I’m Spider-Man. Like, no joke. Like, let’s not mess around anymore. I’m Spider-Man.’ He’s like, ‘I don’t believe you,'” he laughed. “And at the time, I hadn’t made the movie so I didn’t have any pictures to show him, to prove that I was Spider-Man. And he did not believe me at all.”

In fact, one girl thought he was flat-out “nuts.” Holland explained, “She was sitting next to me and she was like, ‘What’s your deal, man? Like, why are you at our school? Like, this is a science school, you can’t just enroll, you have to come from the beginning.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, well, I have a secret. I have a secret.’ And she was like, ‘What? This guy’s a freak. Like, what the hell? …and then I started doing an English accent…’I’m actually Spider-Man.’ And she was like, ‘Dude, you’re nuts. You are literally the craziest guy I’ve ever met in my life.'”

Watch the Facebook Live session below!

And for a little Spidey action, check out the first trailer! Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7, 2017.