Tom Holland has revealed that his father tried to stop him from playing Rihanna’s “Umbrella” on the US TV show Lip Sync Battle

Tom Holland has revealed that his father tried to stop him from playing Rihanna's "Umbrella" on the US TV show Lip Sync Battle

In Holland’s 2017 appearance on the series, in which celebrities synchronize with famous hits, he created “Umbrella” while wearing a bob wig and latex shorts.

The clip, which coincided with the release of Holland’s first Spider-Man film, Homecoming, helped make the actor famous. It has since been viewed more than 75 million times on YouTube.

But the British star has now said that his father, the writer and comedian Dominic Holland, did everything possible to stop the performance.

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Speaking to the UK’s GQ, Holland recalled that his father called him and his agents in hopes that his performance on Lip Sync Battle would be stopped as he feared it would ruin his career.

“Look, I’m really glad I did this show and I had a lot of fun,” said Holland. “It was incredibly stressful. It was incredibly successful and a really great thing for my career. But my dad always taught me when I was younger and showing up in the business that you wanted to get famous as slowly as possible.

“You don’t want to get super famous tomorrow because you can’t handle it. It will ruin your life. I am very picky about who I talk to and what I do. I never want to overexpose myself because my privacy is the last thing I have. I think that’s why he was so concerned. “

Holland said he believed his father would still tell him to “hold off” about his career today, adding, “I don’t want to lose myself against all of this … this.”

Holland, who portrays a heroin addict in the new drama Cherry, also announced that he became “very sick” while preparing to play the role.

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