Penn Badgley Says Filming You Was Harder After Fatherhood

Penn Badgley Says Filming You Was Harder After Fatherhood


“I was having such a light and joyful experience.”

Penn Badgley became a dad at the same time as his character on You — but it was a very different experience!


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The actor and his wife Domino Kirke welcomed a baby boy last year, which he says has been such a “joyful” time.


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In fact, Penn says that his journey to fatherhood almost made things more difficult when he was playing the murderous Joe Goldberg on the show.

“The funny thing is I was curious what my new fatherhood, how that would influence my experience with Joe and acting with him,” Penn told Access Hollywood.


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He continued, “Sometimes it was almost not helpful because I was having such a light and joyful experience — still am — and Joe is so petrified.”

Penn added that while he relates to Joe’s fear whenit comes to being a new parent, the character takes things to another level.


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“He’s so scared, and of course I can identify with the fear but he’s just so morbid in his obsessive, sort of like self-preservation, primal instinct that sometimes I almost found it harder as a result, you know what I mean? It really depended on the scene,” Penn noted.

Meanwhile, Penn’s co-star Victoria Pedretti says that not being a parent made things less “confusing” and allowed her to “come at it as a character.”

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