Zendaya was drawn into Spider-Man’s web long before she met Tom Holland.
The “Euphoria” star met her boyfriend while filming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2016, but revealed the web-slinger had played a role in his romantic life before while accepting the award at the ‘star of the year at CinemaCon on Thursday.
“Literally, my first date was when I was 15 and it was to see ‘Spider-Man’ in 3D.” she said. “And now I consider myself honored to be able to buy a ticket and sneak into the back of one of your theaters, which I have done many times before, and see mine.”
The screening in question was presumably for “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), which served as the franchise’s first reboot before Marvel replaced Andrew Garfield with Holland. Zendaya played his love interest in the three most recent entries.
The Emmy-winning actor, who recently gave a surprise performance at Coachella, thanked theater owners attending CinemaCon for getting their films “to the people they need to reach” and talked about the importance of cinemas.
Zendaya added that movie theaters allow people to “escape” to “build a new dream,” which she not only “witnessed,” but “experienced it myself.” He also admitted that it was a “magical feeling” to see people watching his films on the big screen.
“It’s been so special because I see what the moviegoing experience does for people,” he said during his speech at the annual convention in Las Vegas. “It’s healing and magical and I feel so grateful to be a part of it. So, thank you.”
Thursday marked his second appearance on stage at CinemaCon. Zendaya joined her “Dune” co-star Timothée Chalamet and director Denis Villeneuve on Wednesday to debut a first look at the sequel, before fulfilling a lifelong dream nearby.
“When I tell you we barely had a voice at the end of this,” she captioned an Instagram story that showed her and Holland singing at Usher’s residency at the Dolby Live theater. “Childhood dreams come true, going to a @usher concert.”