Every Reason Why Penn Badgley Hates 'You' Sex Scenes
It’s literally a list.
Penn Badgley, star of Netflix drama You and fan favorite from Gossip Girl, has performed in many intimate scenes but according to several new interviews, he loathes sex scenes.
“Can I just do no more intimacy scenes?” Badgley revealed he asked the show’s creator Sarah Gamble.
“This was actually a decision I had made before I took the show,” he continued. This season on You, all sex scenes are filmed fully clothed to accommodate his lack of desire for, well, desire-driven scenes. Surprisingly, intimacy coordinators were not onset when the show was first created in 2017 as the trend had not become mainstream yet.
But after a recent interview with Variety, there’s more to that story. Here are all the reasons Badgley hates sex scenes:
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Not wanting to become a “one trick pony”
After semi-securing his dream girl in Gossip Girl and now, stalking women on You, Badgley worried he’d fall into a career trap of only being casted in romantic roles. ”I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it publicly, but one of the main things is, Do I want to put myself back on a career path where I’m always [the] romantic lead,?” Now, the artist is dabbling in all art forms from podcasting to producing, and seems to enjoy the range.
Age gap dynamics:
Badgley is now older than his romantic interests in his series, You, which “Didn’t used to be the case,” he admitted.
“My fidelity in my relationship,” Badgley shared, “It’s important to me. And actually, it was one of the reasons that I initially wanted to turn the role down. I didn’t tell anybody that. But that is why.”
Cause f-ck Hollywood:
“Having done a fair amount of them in my career… It’s not a place where I’ve blurred lines,” he spoke of his experience with sex scenes. “There’s almost nothing I could say with more consecration. That aspect of Hollywood has always been very disturbing to me — and that aspect of the job, that mercurial boundary — has always been something that I actually don’t want to play with at all.”