Penn Badgley says that he ‘abused’ by obsessive fans during the ‘Gossip Girl’ year



Penn Badgley talks ‘Gossip Girl’ rumors, the play of a stalker

Penn Badgley of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame addresses, reboot rumours, a creepy character in a Lifetime is ‘You’.

Penn Badgley is currently portraying a dark and deranged stalker on the Life of the “U” and admits that past experiences have made him able to relate to some of the story line.

In a new interview with the Daily Beast, the 31-year-old actor recalls portraying heartthrob Dan Humphrey on “Gossip Girl” and how some of the show’s fans had what he called a “beautiful complete obsession” with him.

“I think as an actor can be an object of desire, that is something what women are accustomed to in more or less around the world,” Badgley says. “I’ve definitely been, I mean, I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I have literally abused — only in the literal sense of the word-by a lot of people in the moment. Because that’s what they do.”

Badgley was careful not to compare his experiences with a number of the women in the #MeToo movement, but said that the story of Terry Crews, who come forward after an alleged attack inspired him.

Penn Badgley (right) with his “Gossip Girl” co-stars.


“You lead like a man, in particular, that if it happens you should feel very good about,” he says of undesirable developments. “Especially if it comes from someone who is problematic is an object of desire.”

The often private actor is happy that “You” is coming from at this crucial time, saying, ‘ this led to conversations that would not have happened otherwise.

“I think it’s important that a show like this is now, because if he had come from a different time, we can’t have these needed conversations around it,” he explains. “And perhaps we are all too ready to consume something that I actually think has some very dangerous seeds in.”

Badgley celebrates his return to TV with a healthy sense of caution.

“I certainly took a break. I had absolutely the question of whether I wanted to continue doing what I’ve done,” he said about life after “Gossip Girl.” “But I’m excited — I think.”

When ET spoke with Badgley about the role earlier this month, he was very enthusiastic about portraying a darker character.

“I just had this great time with it in this way that I had not expected,” he said. “So, then I discovered what it really meant to Joe as an actor.”

“You” airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. and on the Life.

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