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Penn Badgley now finds Gossip Girl ‘uncomfortable’

Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford gathered in video chat to remember the show that drove them both to stardom.

Gossip Girl stars gathered for the actors of actors on the variety to discuss their most recent TV roles, their “white men privilege” and how it feels to watch the teen drama film CW 13 years after his premiere.

Penn, 33, admitted that watching the show in the past few years has made the vision ‘uncomfortable’, as he explained: ‘I know I have seen with my now wife, with Domino [Kirke], before we got married. Six months must have passed since our meeting.

Penn Badgley and Chace Carwford, alum of Gossip Girl, gathered for the video call of Variety's Actors on Actors to discuss the series that catapulted them to fame when it was presented in 2007

Penn Badgley and Chace Carwford, alum of Gossip Girl, gathered for the video call of Variety's Actors on Actors to discuss the series that catapulted them to fame when it was presented in 2007

Penn Badgley and Chace Carwford, alum of Gossip Girl, gathered for the video call of Variety’s Actors on Actors to discuss the series that catapulted them to fame when it was presented in 2007

‘He had never seen it, and it’s the last time I remember seeing an episode. I also remember then that it has nothing to do with the show, but it was very difficult to watch. These snapshots of you when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy it? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable. ‘

Chace confessed that he would need some persuasion to review the show, saying to Penn, “Dude, you have to tie me to a stretcher and open my eyes like Clockwork Orange. But no, it would be interesting to see maybe the first couple.

The duo made fun of being together for a gossip girl party and live tweeting.

Chace, 34, said: ‘To go back and open that time capsule, I think there would be a nostalgic value. We do it when you come to Los Angeles. Let’s drink something.

‘A small party to watch. Dude, if we lived on Twitter watching any episode of Gossip Girl, people would love it. Penn added.

'It was very difficult to watch. These snapshots of you when you're 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy it? Sometimes it's just uncomfortable. Penn, 33, said he saw Gossip Girl again

‘It was very difficult to watch. These snapshots of you when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy it? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable. Penn, 33, said he saw Gossip Girl again

Cool: Penn played Dan Humphrey (pictured) in the series from 2002 to his final episode in 2012 and in the end it turned out to be the mysterious Gossip Girl

Cool: Penn played Dan Humphrey (pictured) in the series from 2002 to his final episode in 2012 and in the end it turned out to be the mysterious Gossip Girl

'Nostalgic value': Chace made fun of a meeting in person, holding a surveillance party together with drinking and tweeting live

‘Nostalgic value’: Chace made fun of a meeting in person, holding a surveillance party together with drinking and tweeting live

The show ended in 2012 and specifically made actress Blake Lively a household name.

In recent years, however, Penn has seen his career take off again by playing obsessive stalker Joe Goldberg in the psychological thriller You, which became an instant hit when he fell on Netflix in September 2018.

The actor, who is expecting his first child with his wife Domino Kirke, admitted that playing such a disturbing and controversial character was in conflict for him.

‘I think when so few people were watching it at Lifetime – the network for women, of all networks – I think I was wondering about the moral ambiguity of it.

“Moral conflict”: Penn talked about how conflicting he feels in the role of stalker Joe Goldberg in the psychological thriller You

Obsessed: you became an instant hit when it fell on Netflix in September 2018

Obsessed: you became an instant hit when it fell on Netflix in September 2018

Chace plays the character of Amazon’s The Deep in The Boys and said: “To be honest, let’s move from Gossip Girl to playing despicable privileged white male men.”

‘I have been transparent about my moral conflict as this boy. I felt much better about what we were doing once many people were watching, not because I needed the gratification of many viewers, but more than anything, it makes sense; people are responding to the way we are entering this conversation about the tropes of romantic comedy and the tropes of the romantic white male protagonist. ”

Chace, who plays the character of Amazon’s The Deep in The Boys, has drawn comparisons between their new characters, noting that they are not so different from the privileged upper-class teenagers they played in Gossip Girl.

‘It’s interesting to me, because also, friend, to be honest, we go from Gossip Girl to playing despicable privileged white male men. I had the same scruples that you did.

He added: “Joe’s interesting thing – it’s almost like a strange continuation of Dan. At the end of Gossip Girl the show, whatever your reaction to whether it was smart to do it or not, whether it’s Gossip Girl – didn’t line up really with Dan’s character. “

The boys also discussed how Gossip Girl would not have been so successful if it had been previewed today.

'Back in '07, Gossip Girl was nervous': the guys also discussed how Gossip Girl would not have been so successful if it had been previewed today

'Back in '07, Gossip Girl was nervous': the guys also discussed how Gossip Girl would not have been so successful if it had been previewed today

‘Back in ’07, Gossip Girl was nervous’: the guys also discussed how Gossip Girl would not have been so successful if it had been previewed today

Penn explained, “Back in 2007 – I mean, buddy. It was a long time ago that we were just kids. People wanted to watch a show like Gossip Girl because it was aspirational. It was like an escape route. It seemed like it was hitting a certain cultural deal. because it was this fantastic aspirational vision of excess and wealth.

‘But now, cut to 13 years later, people are not interested in this. And I rightly think so. Now they are interested in deconstructing why we are so fascinated by this in the first place. We are interested in deconstructing those privilege systems.

“I’m not saying that our TV shows are doing it, but I’m saying it’s what people are most interested in, so these shows reflect it.”

‘The curtain has fallen. In ’07, Gossip Girl was nervous. Chace intervened. “I know, friend. It’s funny because it really was.

“We are interested in deconstructing those privilege systems,” Penn said of why Gossip Girl would not be a hit now. Penn is pictured with (LR) Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Chase Crawford, Taylor Momsen and Leighton Meester

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