Badgley admits that his status as a Gossip Girl star has earned him and his fellow cast VIP status in many places. “In certain circles we’re treated like royalty. We’re treated like the Kennedys,” Penn confesses.
While Dan Humphrey is a bit of a smooth operator these days, it wasn’t always so. Penn says his character started of as “the awkward sort of confident nerd.” He adds, “In the beginning, they wrote to my ability to stutter very well–it’s a comedic kind of thing.”
However, Penn has always asserted that he is very different than his TV persona. “I’ve always tried to distance myself from the character. You don’t want people to think of you as this one guy.” So if he asks you, “Did I stutter?” you can assume it’s not a comedic kind of thing.
Gallery Info: Penn Badgley for VMan magazine.