Penn Badgley Compares His 'You' & 'Gossip Girl' Roles

Penn Badgley is discussing personal and professional life.

The 34-year-old You actor opened up in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.

During the conversation, he opened up about becoming a first time father to a son with wife Domino Kirke last year amid the pandemic.

“I have a stepson who’s 12 and his experience was different, ’cause they’re so social at that age, but our baby is like…he’s chilling. He loves it. He’s very happy. Very joyful. And we had an opportunity to be with him in a way that we wouldn’t have,” he said.

“In as much as it relates to my character, I am having a joyful experience as a father. I can of course relate to the fears, but Joe’s fears are so intensely out-sized. For me, I’m just like, ‘sure, Joe. Yeah. I guess you could spend all your time worrying about that,’ but to me, even being a father in a pandemic, has still been a joy somehow.”

He also talked about You versus Gossip Girl.

“I do think it was brilliant casting in a way, because there is some kind of dialogue between these two shows that are very different, but at the same time, there’s this very similar vein…binge-y frothiness, which characterizes so many shows. I don’t know how it would’ve worked with another person. There’s just something unique about me having been Dan and being known so well for such a particularly nice guy,” he continued.

‘Even back in 2007, when the show came out, Breaking Bad hadn’t even come out that year yet. That was like a huge moment where we’re suddenly interested in a different kind of an antihero or a villain, you know? And I think Dan was was meant to be this sort of moral compass. And that became increasingly irrelevant to the show, my understanding of it all,” he continued.

“To take somebody who’s known for this particular kind of nice guy, maybe without a lot of dimension and then putting them in this – not to mention that at the end of Gossip Girl, technically speaking, Dan was revealed to be a total sociopath, he was manipulating. It was not lost. I saw this myself when I first read the script and if anything, it made me be like, ‘well, I don’t know about that. That sounds like a high wire act that I could fall on my face if I’m not careful.’ But it’s somehow it all works.”

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