Zendaya Forgot Andrew Garfield Was British

  • Zendaya forgot Andrew Garfield was British while they filmed “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
  • During Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Zendaya said Garfield spoke with his American accent the entire time.
  • Garfield said he didn’t want to confuse anyone, including himself.

Andrew Garfield has such a convincing American accent that it sometimes manages to fool his costars.

“Maybe my memory deceives me, but I want to say we were on the set for ‘Spider-Man,’ and I kept forgetting that you were English, because you spoke in your American accent the whole time and I was like, ‘Oh sh*t,'” Zendaya told Garfield during Variety’s Actors on Actors series of their time filming “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

“With an accent for me, I just don’t want to confuse my body, and I don’t want to confuse someone else’s system,” Garfield, who reprised his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man from “The Amazing Spider-Man” series in the film, responded. “It’s just simpler.”

Andrew Garfield and Zendaya speak in Variety’s Actors on Actors series.
Alexi Lubomirski for Variety

Garfield and Zendaya shared one of the most emotional scenes in Sony’s box-office hit as Spidey and MJ.

Towards the film’s end, Garfield’s Spidey saved MJ from a fall that paralleled the same one that killed the love of his life, Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and Zendaya as MJ in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Columbia Pictures/Sony; Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures

Though it’s not never said on-screen, Gwen’s death is a moment Garfield’s Spider-Man likely replays in his mind over and over again, wondering if he could have saved her if he did something different.

Saving MJ in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” likely gave him some closure.

In Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Zendaya said the scene was the first she shot with Garfield in the movie, saying it made her “very happy” reading the script.

“I love the idea that maybe Tom [Holland]’s Peter would’ve suffered the same fate as Andrew’s Peter if Andrew hadn’t have somehow come into that universe and learned from the mistakes of the past — and made sure that my younger brother and his love didn’t have the same fate,” Garfield said.

Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man saving Zendaya’s MJ in “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures

In a January interview with Variety, Garfield said his character saving MJ was a large part of the reason he wanted to be in “No Way Home.”

“My Spider-Man got to save his younger brother’s romantic relationship, potentially,” Garfield said, referring to Holland’s version of the web-slinger, “and to heal the most traumatic moment of his own life through doing it for his younger brother.”

He added: “Making sure that he didn’t have the same fate, there’s something cosmically beautiful about that. It meant getting a second chance at saving Gwen.”

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