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What Is 'Rizz'? And Who Has More, Zendaya Or Tom Holland?

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | February 23, 2024 |

By Emily Richardson | Celebrity | February 23, 2024 |


zendaya tom holland rizz.jpg

Today in YOU ARE OLD, we’re talkin’ about “rizz”. Apparently, rizz is slang for charisma (chaRIZZma). I had previously assumed the word was a play on razzle-dazzle, which isn’t too far off. But still wrong. Cuz I’m old too.

But guess who isn’t old? Super cute celebrity couple Zendaya and Tom Holland. They’re both 27-years-old and have very serious opinions on rizz. Last year, Tom did an interview with Buzzfeed where he claimed he has “no rizz whatsoever, I have limited rizz.” In this case, Tom was referring to the rizz one needs to seduce Zendaya:

I need you to fall in love with me, really, for it to work. So, long game. Probably making a movie with each other — it definitely helps when the characters are falling in love with one another, you can sort of blur the lines a little bit.

That’s kind of where my rizz is at. And, you know, I’m locked up. I’m happy and in love so I’ve got no need for rizz.

But maybe Tom’s selling himself short. Because, in a recent puppy interview with BuzzFeed, Zendaya claims Tom’s got rizz out the wazoo. While she was initially asked which of her Dune co-stars had the most rizz (Florence Pugh, in my opinion), her final answer was Tom:

I think someone who has beautiful charisma, not in the Dune cast, but worked for me is Mr. Tom Holland.

I’m more shy and kinda quiet, so it takes a little more to pull me out of my shell. But he’s great at just, like, talking to people and getting to know people. You see him on talk shows, and he’s just naturally very good at that. Whereas for me, I’ve definitely had to, like, pull it out of me. He’s got that natural gift.

So Tom’s definition of rizz is sexual charm, whereas Zendaya’s is more “traditional” charisma. Fascinating. Here’s the video:

@buzzfeed shy rizz is totally a thing 💖 Zendaya: The Puppy Interview coming tomorrow @ 12pm PT! 🐶 #zendaya #dunemovie #puppyinterview #puppies ♬ original sound - BuzzFeed

I hope we all learned something here today.