Penn Badgley pulled a total Lonely Boy move in a recent interview about his new movie Greetings From Tim Buckley by indirectly dissing Gossip Girl, aka the show that made him famous. When talking to Salon about how proud he is of the new film, Badgley said:
“To be proud of something is a really nice feeling. And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with. I can walk a little taller feeling that I don’t have to be constantly apologizing for the work that I’ve done in the past.”
That work includes a few movies that didn’t exactly win Oscars, like John Tucker Must Die and The Stepfather, but something tells me Penn doesn’t feel the need to “constantly apologize” for those movies. I think it’s safe to say he means the soapy TV series he was on for six seasons called Gossip Girl. It’s especially likely since he’s already admitted he wasn’t exactly enthusiastic to take the part of Dan Humphrey.
Hey, Penn Badgley, I know Gossip Girl isn’t going to be playing at any art museums or getting nominated for awards any time soon, and I know it never guest-starred James Franco or anything, but it was your big break and you probably shouldn’t diss it. I mean, you got to eat waffles like every single episode and the show allowed you to have that godawful hairdo the last couple seasons. So stop complaining.
I really hate when celebrities bite the hand that fed them and express regret over participating in projects that might be considered silly or sub-par. If you chose to be a part of it, you gotta suck it up and be proud of it. Or at least refrain from insulting it, especially when it was your big break. It’s particularly rude to imply that you’ve moved on from such embarrassing material to finally embark on a meaningful career. It’s possible Penn wouldn’t even have the opportunity to star in artistic indie projects if he hadn’t starred on Gossip Girl.
Is it just me, or is Penn turning into his very own Hollywood version of Lonely Boy? Dan Humphrey felt he was above the snobby Upper East Side, and Penn’s comments imply he feels he’s above the scheming, melodramatic storylines of the series. Is he now going to write a tell-all novel about his experience in which he does a terrible job disguising which people inspired the characters?
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