Penn Badgley’s biographyPenn Badgley is an American actor and musician most widely known for his role as Dan Humphrey in teen drama television series Gossip Girl (2007-2012) and as Joe Goldberg in the Netflix psychological thriller series You (2018-present).
Childhood and adolescencePenn Dayton Badgley was born on November 1, 1986, in Baltimore, USA, to Lynne Murphy and Duff Badgley. Penn’s father, Duff, worked as a newspaper reporter and a carpenter and was the Green Party candidate for governor of Washington in 2008. The boy’s parents divorced when he was 12, so he had to split his childhood years between two states due to joint custody.
At the age of 11, Penn Badgley together with his mother relocated to Hollywood and began pursuing his acting career seriously. He simultaneously developed his singing talent and eventually recorded a pop single in 1998.
Acting careerOne of Penn’s first acting jobs was a voice-over for the video games Mario Golf-64 and Mario Tennis-64 in 1999 and 2000. Around this time he made his television debut on an episode of the sitcom Will & Grace and subsequently appeared in various other series.
In the fall of 2018, Netflix premiered its original psychological thriller series You, where Badgley was cast in a starring role as Joe Goldberg, a quiet bookstore manager whose crush on a young writer (portrayed by Elizabeth Lail) turned into a terrifying obsession.
MusicIn early 2014 Penn Badgley founded the music band M O T H E R and released a single Easy, which quickly gained a lot of attention and popularity and was eventually posted on various blogs. A couple of months later Penn and his bandmates changed the name to MOTHXR, citing a cease-and-desist from another band with a similar name.
Other projectsIn March of 2010 Penn Badgley became a member of the National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services.
The actor considers himself to be an avid soccer fan which led to him partnering up with Brad Pitt for a campaign in order to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
Badgley supports the Black Lives Matter movement, an activist movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. The actor also supports LGBT rights.