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Penn Badgley's Got Balls

Penn Badgley's Got Balls

Gossip Girl hunk Penn Badgley grows a pair for the latest issue of GQ (the one with necktie naked Jennifer Aniston on the cover).

We learn that the 22-year-old actor was named after the Penn tennis balls his dad nervously squeezed during his mom’s first sonogram.

Penn also admits that playing Dan Humphrey is way too easy. He says, “I can do this role with my eyes closed and my arms behind my back. What I’m looking for now is something challenging… I always joke with the show’s creators, ‘Anytime you want me to do drugs or contemplate suicide, I’ll do it.’ ”

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  • caritoc3

    1 is he is hot!!!! love penn

  • uhhh

    not feeling so great about the picture you chose, or the one penn took :s

  • Ceceily

    So in other words he wished he’d got the Chuck role instead of Dan.

    I don’t think he has the edge that Ed does to pull of playing the motherchucker.

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  • Angie

    Ungrateful bastard.

    He should follow his dreams and leave the show to do something challenging and fail at it.

    Dan off Gossip Girl would be the best thing that could happen to that show.

  • T

    Who cares about Ed he’s gay. Now Penn is a stud

  • nunny

    he’s smiling in this picture!!!
    whoo hes hot

  • ryanna

    i love the photo with the two tennis balls, he looks so cute!

  • agatha

    he is so hotttttttttttttt
    lucky blake!

  • agatha

    wowowowowo he is so damn hot…
    i want him

  • jasmin

    <3 test

  • NativeNYker

    Wow! sounds like someone kicking the horse gift in the mouth… Not exactly the ideal method to voice wanting to be challenged. LOL. He is YUMMY though…

    Rants, Thoughts & Merde

  • buckley

    please writers…let him commit suicide.
    yes he is a looker but as interesting as a slice of white bread.

    he does have leading man looks, but no talent

  • PardyHardy

    Wow. In the leather coat he looks wicked hot.

  • T

    Think my favorite is that pic. Plus the pie one. Hell I love them all.


    are you all freaking crazy??? He’s one ugly D lister not even worth mentioning! Drop off the GG and find something “challenging”.. yeah right!

  • M

    He is hot and has a right to be full of himself. With those cheekbones he’s not going anywhere. =P

  • Paulina

    he is such a cutie but his character on GG is so blah !
    and he isn`t the best actor either .. he is kinda boring .

    but like everyone else .. i still watch that trainwreck show .

  • Chris

    Best actor on the show…been of a fan of him since his Do Over days..he reminds me of a young Johnny Depp and like the person said above..Heath Ledger. I expect to see very good things from him once his Gossip Girl days are over.

  • T

    hot and yeah his character really doesn’t have much going on on the show

  • shannon

    This interview pretty much sums him up as a HUGE DOUCHE. I get that he wants to be “challenged,” but A) work with what you’re given and make it better before trying to move on to harder stuff, and B) don’t say that in a national magazine!

    It just makes him sound ungrateful and, yeah, jealous of Ed for getting to play Chuck. News flash, Penn: Ed made Chuck as popular as he is. You have yet to do that with Dan.

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  • Connie

    Love all the pictures, except for the pie one. It’s kinda random. lol

  • alli

    hes not arrogant…hes confident. hes right…hes mastered the dan character and its so clear that he has potential to do much deeper roles too. he is going to go very far. great actor.

  • sara

    He is sooo cute and handsome in these pics :)

  • kiki

    He just doesnt get me excited, not sure why. I am sure he is good looking but I just dont find him hot. Not at all. But I love Chace and Ed, they are both gorgeous.

  • parisgirl

    Penn is cute and all but what the hell is he tombout? He mumbles most of his lines and he can do one facial expression… okay let’s be nice, maybe two.
    No offence to him but he can’t handle challenging.

  • NANE

    he’s reaaally cute , but i still think that chase is much hotter .

  • NANE

    he’s reaaally cute , but i still think that chase is much hotter .

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  • Jen


  • blackrosesred

    AHHH, i love Penn!

  • anon

    Penn is hotter than Zec Efron clone Chace.
    And Ed is like 2 feet tall w/ a monster huge nose.

  • jeniffer

    ed is way cuter than this penn!

  • cabezona

    i love him <3

  • Ariana

    Bahah who is he kidding that he can do this role with his arms tied behind his back. He can barely handle playing the character of Dan Humphrey, let alone a more challenging role. In my opinion, him and Blake are the two that need to work on their acting chops the most. Stick to your pretty boy GG role, Penn. You have a false sense of confidence.

  • Jack

    OK, all of you….get with the program. GG sucks on a number of levels. But, it also has a lot of really good things going on with it: the editing, Penn’s acting, anything that Blake Lively touches, occasional bon mot hurling by the writers and the relationship between Kelly Rutherford and that 40-something guy whose name escapes me at the moment (might be Rufus or something like that). For editing, one of the best scenes in the series is when Kelly Rutherford’s pumps are filmed as she goes walking to search Serena’s bedroom for drugs or whatever. The bad things are Chace’s storyline (bites, big time), the clothes (except the stuff worn by Penn, Chace and Blake), the plotlines and the juvenile way the music supports the plot (I nearly laughed aloud when the guitar riff cuts in after Blake first announces that “I killed somebody”). Truly, this show is a train-wreck sort of enterprise where you can’t take your eyes away because some really engaging actors have been cast, but the milieu in which they are forced to slum makes you want to shower with disinfectant. I hate myself for enjoying this show. What’s my point? Penn is one of the most interesting things to hit primetime in ages (well, so is Blake) and his acting chops more than permit him to say whatever the hell he wants about his craft. He better end up with Serena at the end of the series or I’m gonna be royally pissed off. Oh yeah, GG writers….please kill the Aaron storyline ASAP. Serena is an archtype and you’re screwing it up with her by debasing her with an uninteresting guy like that. Throw a couple of Channing Tatums at her before she finally settles down with Penn.

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