Of all the Avengers-matchups, I never really consider Tom Hiddleston and Sebastian Stan to be particularly close. Like, Hiddles and Chris Hemsworth are “close.” They’re friendly, they enjoy each other, they call each other “brother” a lot. Tom is also close to Samuel L. Jackson, which is charming. But Sebastian and Hiddles? Whatever. But I guess Sebastian was close enough, because some die-hard TIDDLES fan just had to ask Sebastian about the Summer of Tiddles. The Summer of Tiddles was the magical three months of gossip gold where Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston fell in love and wanted to go on an international love tour. It was amazing. It was one of the best gossip stories I’ve ever covered. I always hoped that some of the Marvel people razzed Tom about the “I Heart T.S.” shirt, but we don’t know for sure.
So what does Sebastian have to say about it? Well, he was on Watch What Happens Live, and during the After The Show call-in part, a lady in Wisconsin – a Dragonfly, I’m sure – called in to ask Sebastian if he ever said anything to Tom about TIDDLES. The whole video is sort of cute – Sebastian and Priyanka Chopra are flirtatious with each other – but the TIDDLES question comes up around the 3:10-mark of the video, if you want to skip ahead. As soon as he hears “Hiddleston” and the “I Heart T.S.” shirt, Sebastian’s whole face changes and it’s like… “OMG GOSSIP.”
Sebastian says half-jokingly that his reaction to Tiddles “was one of awe and extreme concern, obsession and yet at the same time … I don’t know, I was really worried, mainly for him.” There’s some cross-talk and Sebastian and Andy Cohen say something about how hard it must be to date a pop star and “you know, love is hard and quick.” Then Andy Cohen asks Priyanka about HER rumors with Hiddleston, because they co-presented at the Emmys that same year. Priyanka says nothing happened, that they basically spent about 15 minutes together.
Anyway, I do think that a lot of Marvel dudes side-eyed the sh-t out of Tom for the whole TIDDLES thing. Poor Tom. The Case of the Lonely Dragonfly Who Believes In True Snake Love.
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