LOS ANGELES - JUN 05:  ANDREW GARFIELD arriving to MTV Movie AwaIt’s been a weird time in Hollywood for Andrew Garfield. He lost his role as Spider-Man and things got a little quiet for a while. People often say that things happen for a reason and, maybe, he was meant to take a break from the blockbusters in favor of a small, independent project. It sounds as if the turn of events truly worked out in his favor.

Garfield is currently starring in 99 Homes, a film in which he portrays a single father who has lost his childhood home to foreclosure. In a desperate attempt to regain the house that he shares with his mother (Laura Dern) and son (Noah Lomax), he actually goes to work for the man who evicted them.

The British actor was affected by what his character went through and revealed that it brought back memories of his parents struggling similarly when he was a child. He explained to E! News: “When I was between the ages of 11 and 17, there was this tension in our house. There was this pressure. I could feel it subliminally even though the conversations were happening behind closed doors.”

Apparently, starring in this film was cathartic for Garfield who added:”So there was some strange healing that I was being called to do in being a part of this film. And I got a chance to talk to my dad about that specific period of time where I knew what was going on even though they were protecting me and my brother in all ways that they could.”

During their tearful five-hour conversation, his father revealed what was happening during that time and “what he learned and gained from it.” The actor seemed relieved by the experience and explained: “I was finally able to share how tense I was throughout that whole time.” It’s amazing how important it can be, even years later, for children to be able to be open with their parents about how they felt growing up. It’s great that Garfield had the chance to do what so many wish they could.

The role in 99 Homes marks the first time that the 32-year-old has played a father. Often cast for parts due to his youthful looks, he admitted that taking on a more mature character “was scary—really really really scary.” He added: “I was really ill-prepared and then I realized, ‘Oh, yes, that’s fatherhood.'”

Garfield is currently dating actress, Emma Stone.