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Penn Badgley Opens Up About His Experience Fighting For Vilma Carrillo's Freedom

Penn Badgley is opening up about his experience fighting for immigrant mom Vilma Carrillo‘s reunion with her daughter.

The 32-year-old actor teamed up with the Tahirih Justice Center to assist in their mission to find justice for Vilma, who escaped prolonged domestic violence in Guatemala and was hoping to find asylum in the US.

When she arrived at the border, Vilma was separated from her her 12-year-old daughter, Yeisvi, who ended up in foster care in Arizona.

After many legal hang-ups and miscommunications, Yeisvi was ordered to be deported while her daughter remained in the US.

But thanks to lawyers at Tahirih Justice Center and the support of thousands, her case was appealed and she was released and reunited with Yeisvi on January 11th.

“When I heard the news, my heart burst with happiness for her, but then I quickly remembered the countless others still incarcerated in the system she had been freed from. There are many others who continue to be separated from their children or are trying to come to our country for safety,” Penn wrote.

He added, “This policy and others, like a border wall, do not send a message of welcome, but rather a message of prioritizing hate and fear of relinquishing majority white privilege over equality for all people.”

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Millie Bobby Brown Thinks Penn Badgley's 'You' Stalker is 'Not Creepy' Because He's 'In Love with Her'

Millie Bobby Brown is defending Penn Badgley‘s stalker character on the hit show You.

“So, I just started that new show You. He’s not creepy, he’s in love with her and it’s okay, so … I’m obsessed with it, I’m binge watching it. Absolute banger,” Millie said in one video that has now been deleted.

In another, she wrote, “By the way, I know everybody is gonna say, ‘Aw, he’s a stalker … why would you support that?’ No, like … he’s in love with her. And it’s just, like … just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion.”

The videos began spreading when fans began questioning Millie‘s opinion because, on the show, Penn‘s character, Joe Goldberg, is a stalker and a murderer. The show is currently available to stream on Netflix.

The videos have now been deleted but fans shared on Twitter.

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Penn Badgley Hilariously Reacts to Reaching One Million Followers on Instagram

Penn Badgley just hit one million followers on Instagram, which is likely thanks to the viral success of his new series You.

The show, which debuted on Lifetime last fall, is now streaming on Netflix and the second season will debut exclusively on the streaming service.

“Hey, Good Morning from Manila. I wake up to find… I never thought I’d see the day, but I wake up to find I have a million followers,” Penn then started to fake cry before breaking and saying, “I don’t know what to say, because all it took was for me to start murdering people. Y’all get the f–k out of here!”

If you have watched You, then you know what Penn is talking about!

Penn Badgley Wants 'Privileged' White Actors to Stop Taking Roles From Unrepresented Communities

Penn Badgley is calling out “privileged” white actors who take roles from unrepresented communities.

The 32-year-old actor explained that he believes roles should be given to actors who can represent an experience they’ve actually lived.

“If anybody exists at any kind of intersection of oppression beyond the box of white male, I’d say let’s make damn sure that they’re being represented by the people who have lived this experience [and] not have people who haven’t lived the experience portraying them,” Penn told PinkNews.

He continued, “I think theoretically the idea that anybody should be able to play anybody is true. That’s only in theory. In reality, we have basically, like, privileged ass white people playing everybody, and so we need to stop that.”

“We live in a world that does not recognize virtually anyone outside of the white male or the beautiful white woman who has to be an object of desire and affection,” Penn added.

Penn‘s comments come days after Darren Criss announced he will no longer be playing gay characters because he doesn’t want to take that opportunity away from gay actors.

Penn Badgley Opens Up About Playing a 'Stalker' in 'You'

Penn Badgley strikes a thoughtful pose on the cover of Da Man magazine’s December 2018/January 2019 issue.

Here’s what the 32-year-old former Gossip Girl star had to share with the mag:

On his secret to portraying his You character, stalker Joe Goldberg, in a convincing way: “Never thinking of him as a stalker when I’m in it. He’s a human striving for things, desiring things. I personally detest him as a human, but he’s human. I always tried to keep his humanity in mind, so I couldn’t reduce him and fall into typical habits or beliefs about how he might do something.”

On whether particular parts of the story made him feel especially uncomfortable: “Yeah. The whole thing, really. I was extremely uncomfortable with Joe. He masturbates in public, he judges people incessantly … and he murders people. He’s not just a stalker. This is no secret. This does not seem to bother other people enough, however. That’s what is so strange to me.”

On dealing with the negative aspects of social media: “Lots of prayer and meditation. This is true for all things. Prayer and meditation are foundations of living.”

ICYMI, Lifetime’s You is moving to Netflix for its second season!

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