Spotted: Penn Badgley & Chace Crawford Spilling All The ‘Gossip Girl’ Tea
The actors appeared on this week’s Variety’s Actors on Actors series, chatting about their time on the teen drama.
"People wanted to watch a show like Gossip Girl because it was aspirational,” Penn said. “It was like an escape. It seemed like it struck a certain cultural chord because it was this aspirational fantastical vision of excess and wealth."
"But now, cut to 13 years later, people are not interested in that. And I think rightfully so. Now they're interested in deconstructing why we're so fascinated with that in the first place. We're interested in deconstructing those systems of privilege."
On the last time he watched the show, Penn said it was with his wife Domino Kirke, sometime before they got hitched in 2017.
“She had never seen it,” he said. “I remember even then, it has nothing to do with the show, but it was very hard to watch. These snapshots of yourself when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy that? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable.”
Chace was the same, saying: "You have to strap me to a gurney and pop my eyes open like Clockwork Orange [to get me to watch the show now]."
Also in the chat, Chace brought up a time in 2007, when Blake Lively gave Penn his first iPhone. Of course, the actors were dating at the time.
“I literally was like, “I don’t want this thing. It’s so cumbersome, and it has all these apps on it,” Penn said.
Of filming the show, Chace reckoned his “most fun moments” on set were filming scenes with Penn. Nawww, cute, guys.
Of course, there was talk of Penn's new show, You, which has gained a huge following on Netflix. Chace brought up that Joe, Penn's character in You, is kinda similar to Gossip Girl's Dan..? "What’s interesting about Joe — it is almost like an odd continuation of Dan." Badgley agrees... and admits that Joe stares a lot: "The voiceover, I feel like that’s my largest contribution to the show. It’s almost like I’m a voiceover actor first. And then, basically, the rest of the time I’m just staring."
Catch more of their chat here.
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