Penn Dayton Badgley (born November 1, 1986) is an American actor, known for his roles as Dan Humphrey in The CW teen drama series ''Gossip Girl'' (2007–2012) and as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix thriller series ''You (TV series), You'' (2018–present). Badgley first became known for portraying Chance Chancellor, Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera ''The Young and the Restless'' (2000–2001), which earned him a Young Artist Award nomination. Following his roles in the comedy films ''John Tucker Must Die'' (2006) and ''Drive-Thru (film), Drive-Thru'' (2007), his breakthrough role came starring as Dan Humphrey in The CW teen drama series ''Gossip Girl'' (2007–2012), for which he received six Teen Choice Awards, Teen Choice Award nominations. Badgley went on to appear in a number of films, such as the thriller film, thriller ''The Stepfather (2009 film), The Stepfather'' (2009), the Teen film, teen comedy-drama ''Easy A'' (2010), the financial thriller ''Margin Call'' (2011), the biographical film ''Greetings from Tim Buckley'' (2012) and the Independent film, independent Drama (film and television), drama ''The Paper Store'' (2016). For ''Margin Call'', he won an Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Spirit Award. He currently stars as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix thriller series ''You (TV series), You'' (2018–present), which earned him critical acclaim and a Saturn Awards, Saturn Award nomination. Aside from acting, Badgley has worked in music; he is the lead singer for Brooklyn-based indie music, indie band MOTHXR, whose debut studio album, ''Centerfold'', was released in 2016. In 2017 he married singer Domino Kirke, with whom he has one child.

Early life

Badgley was born on November 1, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Duff and Lynne Murphy Badgley. His father had worked as a newspaper reporter and then as a carpenter and home builder, and was the Green Party of the United States, Green Party candidate for governor of State of Washington, Washington in 2008. An only child, Badgley attended Woolridge Elementary (where his mother served as a PTA president), before he transferred to St. Christopher's School, Richmond, St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington. As a child, Badgley was involved with the Seattle Children's Theatre and the Pine Nut Players community theater in Monroe, Washington. His mother supported his acting efforts, and worked various jobs (later, beginning a business in jewelry design with Badgley's godmother, Jan Sneed). He stated that he "skipped high school altogether" and at age 14, he took a proficiency exam and began attending Santa Monica College. He was later accepted to the University of Southern California, but deferred admission due to contractual obligations, later enrolling for two years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Badgley is said to have been Home schooling, home schooled alongside Blake Lively, his future co-star and partner. His parents divorced when he was 12. He recalls having "wanted to make music... as a 12-year-old", and recorded an unreleased pop single in 1998, referring in interview to the effort as "terrible" and "misguided".


Badgley and his mother moved to California so that he could pursue an acting career, and he recalls in interview departing for Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles at age 11. He soon began doing voiceovers for children's radio stations in Hollywood. His first credit was voice work for the video games ''Mario Golf (Nintendo 64), Mario Golf 64'' and ''Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64), Mario Tennis 64'' in 1999 and 2000. Badgley had his first screen acting credit on an episode of ''Will & Grace'' and he subsequently appeared on shows such as ''Daddio'', ''The Brothers García'', and ''What I Like About You (TV series), What I Like About You''. Badgley's first noticeable role was as Chance Chancellor, Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera ''The Young and the Restless'', which he portrayed from 2000 to 2001. He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series in 2001 for his performance, which brought him recognition. In 2002, Badgley starred in The WB's comedy-drama series ''Do Over'' as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980 as a 14-year-old. He went on to star in two other WB series: ''The Mountain (TV series), The Mountain'' from 2004 to 2005, and ''The Bedford Diaries'' in 2006. Badgley's first major film credit was 2006's ''John Tucker Must Die'', playing the role of Scott Tucker. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the US box office results for that weekend. He later appeared in ''Drive-Thru (film), Drive-Thru'', co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester. In 2007, Badgley was cast in The CW's teen drama series ''Gossip Girl'' as Dan Humphrey, based on Gossip Girl (novel series), the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar. He initially turned down the role, but accepted after the producers struggled finding someone to fill the role. His performance as Dan Humphrey was praised by audiences and critics alike, and earned him six Teen Choice Awards, Teen Choice Award nominations over the show's run. Jason Gay of the ''Rolling Stone'' particularly complimented his characterization, writing that "while another actor may have played Dan as a blah straight man, Badgley imbued him with an occasionally obnoxious know-it-all-ness." In 2009, Badgley starred in the thriller film ''The Stepfather (2009), The Stepfather'', a remake of the The Stepfather (1987 film), 1987 film, as the stepson of a serial killer. Badgley next played Todd, the love interest of Emma Stone's character, in the 2010 teen comedy film ''Easy A'', which was a critical and commercial success, earning him a Teen Choice Award nomination. He next appeared in the financial thriller drama ''Margin Call'' in 2011, for which the ensemble cast was critically acclaimed; he won the Robert Altman Award for his performance, which is presented at the Independent Spirit Awards. Badgley portrayed Jeff Buckley in the 2012 biopic ''Greetings from Tim Buckley''; the film follows the journey Buckley took in grappling with the legacy of his late musician father, Tim, leading up to and culminating with his 1991 performance of his father's songs. For the role, Badgley took guitar and vocal lessons. He joined the cast of ''Parts per Billion'' in December 2012, opposite Alexis Bledel and Teresa Palmer; the film was released in 2014. Also released in 2014 was ''Cymbeline (film), Cymbeline'', where he portrayed the orphan Posthumus. Badgley and others formed a band and released a song titled "Easy" on SoundCloud under the name M O T H E R; the song quickly gained popularity and was posted on numerous blogs. The group changed the spelling to MOTHXR in 2015, citing a cease-and-desist from another band with a similar name. They promptly signed with the labels Kitsuné and Washington Square Music, the New York City-based subdivision of the Razor & Tie label, which led to MOTHXR releasing their debut album, ''Centerfold'', on February 26, 2016. Badgley had a recurring role in NBC's 2015 miniseries ''The Slap (U.S. miniseries), The Slap'', based upon the Australian series of the The Slap (TV series), same name, and had a minor role in the 2016 film ''Adam Green's Aladdin''. Badgley won acclaim for his role in the independent film ''The Paper Store'' (2016), opposite Stef Dawson and Richard Kind, receiving Best Actor at Oxford International Film Festival and a Special Jury Mention at Manchester International Film Festival. Badgley stars as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix series You (TV series), ''You'', formerly Lifetime (TV network), Lifetime's television adaptation of You (Kepnes novel), the book of the same name since September 2018. His performance was lauded by critics, with IGN calling it his best performance and writing that Badgley was "doing some of his best, most unhinged work in the series. His charming nature and playful face are the perfect, twisted mask for the “Nice Guy With Control Issues” lurking underneath". Samantha Highfill from ''Entertainment Weekly'' included his performance in her predicted list of Primetime Emmy Award, contenders for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. Badgley received a Saturn Awards, Saturn Award nomination for his performance. In October 2019, Badgley was cast in the independent film ''Here Today (film), Here Today'' opposite Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish, which was released in May 2021 to mixed reviews from critics.

Personal life

Badgelys relationships included ''Gossip Girl'' co-star Blake Lively from 2007 to 2010, and actress Zoë Kravitz from 2011 to 2013. Badgley began dating singer Domino Kirke in 2014. He married Kirke in a New York courthouse on February 27, 2017, and became the stepfather of Kirke's son, Cassius. In February 2020, Kirke and Badgley announced they were expecting their first child together. Their son was born in August 2020. In an interview with Shadi Toloui-Wallace, Penn describes how the BP oil spill prompted his exploration into the connection between justice and spirituality, and led him to the rainforests of Colombia and the teachings of Baháʼu'lláh and the Baháʼí Faith. Badgley has been a member of the Baha'i Faith since 2015 and is an outspoken activist against the persecution of Baháʼís by the government of Iran.

In the media

During the 2008 United States presidential election, Badgley supported Barack Obama. He and Blake Lively appeared in an Obama commercial as part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program, which aired during ''Gossip Girl'' on The CW, MTV, and Comedy Central. In March 2010, the American Red Cross announced Badgley as a member of the National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrities who promote Red Cross services. Badgley supported the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 and is an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement. He wants police brutality dialogue to include female victims, and supports LGBT rights. In 2011, he was named one of People (magazine), ''People'''s "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25" and BuddyTV ranked him number 75 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011" list.




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