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Penn Badgley Says His 'Gossip Girl' & 'You' Character Comparisons Will End with Episode Six!

John Stamos and Penn Badgley happily strike a pose together while attending a discussion of their series You during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations at The Robin Williams Center on Tuesday (October 16) in New York City.

Penn, 31, recently opened up about the comparisons between his You character Joe and his well-known role as Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl.

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“The latter half of the whole series, episodes 6-10, is where we really start to get into the show,” Penn told EW. “The first five [episodes], you find that you’re kind of against-all-odds charmed by this guy. Maybe you still think he’s Dan, maybe you still think he’s me. But then episode 6 is a serious departure.”

“Episode 6 is like a stake in the ground,” Penn added. “You probably thought you knew what you were in for, and now it’s going to change, and it’s not going to go back.”

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John Stamos Shares Cute Red Carpet Moment with 'You' Cast

John Stamos playfully pretends to put co-star Penn Badgley in a choke hold while attending the You screening for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation on Thursday (October 11) in Los Angeles.

The guys were joined at the event by co-star Elizabeth Lail, who shared the cute red carpet moment with the actors.

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You airs on Sunday nights on Lifetime. Five of the 10 episodes in season one have already aired, so make sure to catch up now if you aren’t already watching!

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Penn Badgley Clarifies Comment About Being Molested By Fans

Penn Badgley is speaking out to clarify a comment he made about being molested by overzealous fans.

The 31-year-old actor brought it up in an interview with The Daily Beast and the outlet mentioned that Penn was “thoughtful and cautious when discussing” the subject. He also acknowledged “the privilege that being a man, not to mention a white man, affords him.”

Now, Penn has released a new statement after the quote went viral.

“The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma. I was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire,” Penn told People.

“Depending on so many factors, it can range from conscious abuse to something very unconscious — and that is the point I was making, cautiously, in the context of a conversation about fanaticism and cultural norms which support manipulative or abusive behavior,” he added. “These are the same norms which support predatory men, but not exclusively predatory men. They affect, and infect, us all.”

Penn Badgley Says He Was Molested by 'Gossip Girl' Fans

Penn Badgley poses with his You co-stars John Stamos and Elizabeth Lail while attending a PaleyFest panel on Sunday (September 9) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 31-year-old actor stars in the new Lifetime series and he’s no stranger to being the star of a popular series. He says that he was molested by overzealous Gossip Girl fans back in the day.

“I think as an actor you can become an object of desire, which is something women are already accustomed to more or less around the world — I’ve definitely been, I mean, I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested — just in the literal sense of the word — by many people in the moment,” Penn said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “Because that’s what they do.”

Penn acknowledged during the interview that he is privileged as a white man, but cited Terry Crews as an example of experiences that happen to men.

UPDATE: Penn released a new statement to clarify the original comment.

FYI: Elizabeth is wearing an A.L.C. dress.

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Penn Badgley, Shay Mitchell, & Elizabeth Lail Look Stylish at 'You' Series Premiere

Elizabeth Lail, Penn Badgley, and Shay Mitchell strike a pose at the premiere of their brand-new series You!

The 26-year-old Once Upon a Time actress, the 31-year-old Gossip Girl star, and the 31-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress stepped out in style for the event, hosted by Lifetime, on Thursday (September 6) in New York City.

They were joined by their co-stars Luca Padovan, Nicole Kang, Kathryn Gallagher, Daniel Cosgrove, Gianni Ciardiello, Ambyr Childers, Mercedes Griffeth, and Lou Taylor Pucci.

Katie Holmes was also there to show her support.

In You, a clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Don’t miss it when it premieres on September 9 on Lifetime! (Watch the trailer here.)

FYI: Shay is wearing Georges Chakra couture.

Also pictured inside: The cast at a screening of You on Wednesday in New York City.

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