Why The Crowded Room Was the Biggest Challenge of Tom Holland’s Career

Stars Tom Holland and Emmy Rossum spoke with Den of Geek about unpacking the secrets of The Crowded Room.

Episode 1. Tom Holland in "The Crowded Room," premiering June 9, 2023 on Apple TV+.
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The first three episodes of Apple TV+’s psychological thriller, The Crowded Room, are finally here and are bound to grip audiences with their intense storytelling and mystery. The 10-episode limited series stars Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home) as Danny Sullivan, a man who is arrested following his involvement in a shooting in New York City in 1979. 

Den of Geek had the opportunity to speak with Holland and Emmy Rossum about their characters’ mother-son relationship, why the show was such a big acting challenge, and what to expect from the rest of the season. 

Along with starring in the show, Holland also serves as an executive producer, which he called a “really great privilege.” 

“I think why it was so important for me to have the EP credit here was to protect myself,” Holland says. “You know, this is a really, really daunting task, playing this character. It’s TV, it’s something I haven’t done before. It’s a lot of work and I wanted to just have that extra stake in the game. I’m delighted to say I never needed to exercise that power though.”


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