Penn Badgley is ‘troubled’ by the new role, talks ‘Gossip Girl’ comparisons

Penn Badgley is participating in Life is “You” screen during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton hotel, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California.


LOS ANGELES – Penn Bagley is the crossing over to the creepy side in the new Life series ‘You’.

The thriller follows Badgely’s character, Joe Goldberg, who finds love when he meets Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail, and makes use of social media to make her fall in love with him. The tide shifts when the couple split, and Goldberg starts stalking Beck.

Badgely spoke at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour on Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, about the similarities and differences between Goldberg and his “Gossip Girl” persona, Than Humphrey. He also opened about the depiction of a stalker in the #MeToo-era.

“In one way or another, it seems that I have more and more problems,” he said about his character creepy atmosphere in this day and age. “I know the whole, I felt like I was the most difficult. I am personally really interested to see how people react on this show… I personally feel that it is a bit of a social experiment.”

Badgley recognised the character is similar to his famous “Gossip Girl” role in a number of ways.

“You know, sure, there are parallels. Not the least of which I am playing. I would say the first scene, the first episode, by any measure, Joe seems to be — then he diverges.

Badgely continued: “I am also, as time progresses, less interested and have more to accept, there is no way to convince people of what they’re watching. If people want to see the similarities and focus on it, that’s fine, because they are there.

“But believe me, the parallels and comparisons are not lost on me. I can only think of the worst version of a ad, ‘If you like “Gossip Girl,” this is a killer.'”

The actor joked a “Gossip Girl” reunion is not out of the question, but this seems unlikely.

“I would do, Then got to kill them,” he said. “For whatever reason, that question [of a reunion] has no answer. It’s not about my answer. It is about a number of other things.. I don’t know.”

Badgely noted he is excited to gauge the reaction “You” be able to receive visitors, especially given the fact that so many people often use social media.

“I am very curious. I am not nervous personally, because we shot it already, I think. I think it will definitely add to the conversation and making her own conversation.”

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