Penn Badgley Explains Why He Hasn’t Seen the New ‘Gossip Girl’

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Penn Badgley Explains Why He Hasn’t Seen the New ‘Gossip Girl’

Penn Badgley, a Gossip Girl veteran and You star, says he hasn’t had a chance to see the new Gossip Girl revival on HBO Max yet. In an interview with Instyle, he reveals that he and his four-year wife, singer Dominio Kirke, had been too preoccupied with their new kid and work to relax yet. “With a one-year-old and a 12-year-old, pets, and work, my wife and I haven’t finished Ted Lasso,” the actor admitted. In the year 2020, Badgley and Kirke welcomed their first child together. Kirke has a son from a prior relationship.

Badgley portrayed Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl for four years before taking on the lovably evil role of serial killer Joe Goldberg in Netflix’s You. Many GG fans recall him surprising viewers with his involvement in the Upper East Siders controversy, which all led up to the big reveal that he was behind the gossip blog all along.

On a recent broadcast of SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Badgley discussed why he thought the You casting selection was particularly wise. “I think it’s amazing casting in a way because there’s some kind of interaction between these two very different programs, but at the same time, there’s this very similar vein,” he remarked. “There’s a similar type of bingey, frothiness that pervades a lot of shows. But I’m not sure how that would’ve worked with someone else.” He claims that there has been a big shift in television over the years that has allowed for a villainous protagonist to become a popular role, which has aided the show’s success. “I believe Breaking Bad debuted in 2008.” That was a significant turning point for us, when we became interested in a different kind of antihero or villain, you know?” He went on to say more. “I think Dan was supposed to be this sort of moral compass, and that became increasingly irrelevant to the show, to Gossip Girl, from my perspective.” So, you know, taking someone who’s known for this particular kind of nice guy iconography, perhaps without a lot of depth, and then placing them in this—not to mention the fact that, strictly speaking, Dan was proven to be a pure sociopath at the end of Gossip Girl. He was deceiving…. So, you’ve decided… Summary of Entertainment News from Brinkwire.

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