Penn Badgley
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Penn Badgley
Penn Badgley is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Dan Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl. He has also starred in the movies John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather, Easy A, and Margin Call.
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Spotted: Penn Badgley Looks Like An Off-Brand Zayn Malik Now
Huffington Post - 3 months
Hey, Upper East Siders. HuffPost here. And we have the biggest news for you. Spotted at Art Basel Miami on Monday night: Lonely Boy, aka Penn Badgley. The 30-year-old actor and musician has apparently ditched his signature CW look and is headed in a new style direction ... One Direction, to be more specific.  Badgley and his band Mothxr played a set last night at the Life of the Party event in Brickell City Centre, but it was his new blond ‘do that got everybody talking. Taking a page or two from Zayn Malik’s How 2 Be Edgy: A Beginner’s Guide, the “Gossip Girl” star looked almost unrecognizable with bleached blond tips and a face full of scruff.  We’re all in support of a good makeover once and a while, but we’re gonna give this look a Serena van der Would Not for a lack of originality.  Watch the music video for Mothxr’s song “Touch” below: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It ...
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Michael Sam's Moment
Huffington Post - about 3 years
One of the truly wonderful things about growing up, in any generation, is the ever-increasing lucidity that comes with age. Not lost on me, particularly over the last few months, is the notion that as I get older and (hopefully) more attuned to the world at large around me, I become infinitely more aware of life's... moments. I remember watching a video interview with Penn Badgley (Yes, THAT Penn Badgley. Don't judge, you watched Gossip Girl, too), where he openly yearns for the sixties and seventies, a time when he distinctly recalls Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Dylan "playing at opposing ends of the street in Greenwich Village," a time when "the Village was the Village," something that I'm guilty of as well. To wit, I often find myself looking back on history and wishing that I was a part of some other generation's seminal events. I mean, who wouldn't have wanted to be there for Sinatra at the Paramount? Or in Berlin, to watch Jesse run? Or anywhere, really, during the "I Have a Dre ...
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PHOTOS: Celebrities Who You Never Knew Posed For Abercrombie
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When the world discovered that Jennifer Lawrence once modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch (oh, and that the photographer who snapped her compared her to Gisele), we all kind of flipped. But J-Law isn't the only star who has an Abercrombie ad lurking in her past, and neither is Ashton Kutcher, who we always knew got his start as a model before hitting the acting scene. So Abercrombie & Fitch helped us out by reminding us of a few more. Just as they roll out their special A&F Back-to-School campaign featuring new Stars on the Rise (Lily Rabe, Johnny Ferro, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Jacob Artist, to name a few), the folks at A&F shared with us a cast of "alumni" who posed in the brand's infamous ad campaigns before they got famous. Think Channing Tatum, Penn Badgley and... Heidi Klum? Yep, even the German modeling icon got her Americana on for A&F. Check it out and wonder at how much time has passed. Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style o ...
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Traitors To Their Country?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With all of these government secrets leaking lately, it seemed like a necessary civic duty to help President Obama catch the next whistle-blower before they start leaking all over the place. Since we focus on celebrities all day, we figured we might as well dive into the suspects we know the most about and try and snoop out the potential Benedict Arnolds through our own prism. Our failsafe, four-part forumla for witch hunting: Closeness to Obama? Are they Illuminati? Do they gossip? (And most importantly) what's our hunch? These are the celebrities to look out for. Kanye West: Likely Lately Kanye West has been going through a goth stage and seems pretty angry about America/the current state of the world at the moment. He also thinks he is a god which is always threatening to the state. Kanye is also a master of preventing a leak (his albums simply don't leak anymore) so he probably has a good understanding of how to cause one as well. THE FORMULA: Obama factor: H ...
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Dusty Wright: Tenner: Favorite Spring Music and a Movie, too
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Spring has arrived -- flowers and music in full bloom. Some of it only hints at what might be as summer approaches. Until then, here are few things I'm carting around in my wheelbarrow. Dig it. "Spiderlegs" Danny Malone: Balloons (DM) Happy accident as I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Malone prior to listening to his new album, but no worries. Here's a wonderful folk-rock tune from this Austin-based singer/songwriter's second long-player. He recorded this set of confessional musings in a haunted 15th century castle in Denmark, each song in a different room. He calls his music "sexy, dirty, sad songs about the human condition." This remains my favorite track; and the video below is pretty bloody "sexy" too. Alicia Keys at Prudential Center April 8, 2013, Newark, NJ I'd never seen her live, and I don't why, but I'm damn happy I finally did. She is a major talent, but you who love her already know that. She straddles many musical genres although it's her R&B ...
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Penn Badgley Returns To His First Passion With 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
MTV News - almost 4 years
'The Gossip Girl' actor shows off his musical talents in Jeff Buckley biopic. By Amy Wilkinson
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'Gossip Girl' actor Penn Badgley surprises in film role as singer - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Penn Badgley, best known for his role as a hip young New Yorker on television series "Gossip Girl," is now claiming a place in the spotlight by headlining a feature film for the first time and showing off his previously hidden singing talents.
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Penn Badgley On 'Gossip Girl' Ending: It Doesn't Make Sense For Anyone To Be Gossip Girl
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When it was revealed that Dan (Penn Badgley) was the elusive Gossip Girl in in the December finale of the longtime CW series, viewers were shocked ... Badgley included. "I was very surprised. We were all surprised ... I didn't know. I didn't find out until just before we shot the last episode," Badgley said of the "Gossip Girl" finale when he stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday. The only he hint he had was from series creator Stephanie Savage, who told him that Dan would assume some "real power this season." Read More... More on Video
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'Greetings from Tim Buckley' with Penn Badgley Screens at Tribeca Film Festival
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
There were more than a few audience members surprised by Penn Badgley's falsetto at the US premiere of Greetings from Tim Buckley which screened this week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival The narrative digs deep into the relationship between Tim Buckley and his son Jeff – played by Badgley...
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PHOTOS: Leighton Meester Chops It Off
Huffington Post - over 4 years
And just like that, Blair Waldorf is gone forever. Leighton Meester, known for playing the stylishly scheming Blair Waldorf on "Gossip Girl," has said good-bye to her most famous role with a drastic haircut. Debuting her new short 'do at a party celebrating her new Flaunt magazine cover, Leighton told "I chopped off my hair after 'Gossip Girl' wrapped... My long, wavy hair got a lot of mileage, so it was time for a change." A lot of mileage. Leighton, a natural blonde, dyed her hair brown dark to play Blair, whose dramatic character was consistently contrasted with Blake Lively's bubbly blonde Serena. Her rich brunette waves were contained by many a headband (and later on, funny fascinators) throughout the six-season show, inspiring subplots all their own and a slew of "How to get Blair's hair" YouTube tutorials. But with filming of the series all wrapped up and a season finale just weeks away, Leighton has parted ways with her Blair hair. Funnily enoug ...
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Josh Schwartz Graduates: The Man Behind 'Gossip Girl' Hits The Big Screen
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Since 2003, Josh Schwartz has helped turn, among others, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Penn Badgley, Zachary Levi and Chace Crawford into television stars. Now 36, the writer-producer behind "The O.C.," "Gossip Girl" and "Chuck" -- as well as, perhaps, the mid-decade success of Death Cab For Cutie -- has taken his talents to the multiplex for the teen comedy "Fun Size." Out on Oct. 26, "Fun Size" is a one-crazy-night movie about what happens when a high school senior named Wren (Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice) loses her kid brother on Halloween night. Aided by a snappy best friend (Jane Levy, doing her best Summer Roberts impression) and a love-lorn nerd (Thomas Mann), Wren must find her brother before her mother (Chelsea Handler) gets home for the night. "Fun Size" is a bit like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" mixed with the Halloween party from "Mean Girls," but scored with music that might as well be pulled from Seth Cohen's Spot ...
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NEW PICTURE: Penn Badgley Buzzes Off His Hair!
US Magazine - over 4 years
The actor shows off a close-cropped 'do as the Gossip Girl cast comes together for a wrap party This article originally appeared on NEW PICTURE: Penn Badgley Buzzes Off His Hair!
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PICTURE: See Blake Lively in a Wedding Dress!
US Magazine - over 4 years
Art imitating life! Blake Lively -- in character as Serena Van Der Woodsen -- made a stunning bride shooting an apparent wedding scene on the NYC set of Gossip Girl on Tuesday Oct. 16. With a man dressed as a priest standing nearby, the actress, 25, absolutely beamed in George Chakra Spring 2011 Couture gown -- a gold strapless ballgown with a white tulle skirt. The fashionista star wore her hair in an updo plus drop earrings. (No word yet on who Lively's groom might be, although Penn Badgley -- who Lively dated in real life, and who plays Serena's ex Dan Humphrey -- was also photographed during the sequence.) PHOTOS: Blake and Ryan's romance In real life, Lively -- who has endorsement deals with both Chanel and Gucci -- donned a custom-designed Marchesa gown for her Sept. 9 wedding to Ryan Reynolds in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Wearing a one-of-a-kind couture Marchesa bridal gown with hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with crystal and rose gold embroidery, Liv ...
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Salish Cliffs states its case
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
SHELTON, Wash. — Course architect Gene Bates looked over the terrain of what would become Salish Cliffs Golf Club on the tree-covered hillsides southwest of Seattle and saw three possibilities.
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WATCH: Penn Badgley As Jeff Buckley In 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There's a lot more to "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley than Dan Humphrey. "He's a tool on a show with soap-operatic arcs and he needs to be a judgmental douche bag sometimes," Badgley told Vulture Kyle Buchanan during an incredibly wide-ranging interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I get that. I don't hate anybody for that. But it sucks when people call me 'Dan' and think that I'm him." After "Greetings from Tim Buckley," perhaps people will start calling Badgley by another name. In the new indie, Badgley plays iconic singer Jeff Buckley, and even does his own singing. The first clips from the film -- more of a sales reel than an actual trailer; "Greetings From Tim Buckley" does not yet have distribution -- highlight Badgley's singing voice as well as his un-Dan Humphrey-like acting skills. "I knew I could do it," Badgley told Vulture. "I was not concerned about the singing. I was concerned about doing it in the right way, because I actually can imi ...
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Chris Jancelewicz: Penn Badgley Can Sing, Everyone
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There are times when you know -- you just know -- that someone is lip-syncing in movies. We all knew Lou Diamond Phillips was lip-syncing in La Bamba, and even Michael J. Fox lip-synced his famous 'Johnny B. Goode' performance in Back to the Future. So imagine my immense surprise at the Toronto Film Festival screening of Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley, when Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley (playing Jeff Buckley) opened his mouth to sing and it was his voice, and it was good. Not just actor-good, but good-good. It was so jarring that I had to immediately look up his credentials, just to make sure. Yep, it was him, all right. There was very little fanfare behind this movie, so a) I wasn't expecting much, and b) I admit that I gave Badgley little credit -- for whatever reason, his Gossip Girl pedigree led me to believe that he'd have a voice dub-over. I ignored his previous (yet winning) roles in Easy A and Margin Call, but after witnessing his performance in ...
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Penn Badgley Tackles His Most Serious Role Yet – and Sings!
People Magazine - over 4 years
"I really want to focus on is the fact that this is a movie where I'm acting," he says
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Penn Badgley
  • 2016
    Age 29
    Their debut album, Centerfold, was released February 26, 2016
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  • 2014
    Age 27
    In early 2014, Badgley and band mates released a song titled Easy on SoundCloud under the name M O T H E R the song quickly gained popularity and was posted on numerous blogs.
    More Details Hide Details Months later the band decided to go by the spelling of MOTHXR. In 2015, the band signed with the labels Kitsuné and Washington Square Music, the New York City-based subdivision of the Razor & Tie label. The band has supported acts such as Streets of Laredo, San Cisco, Sir Sly, Har Mar Superstar, The Neighbourhood and Miami Horror.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    It was announced in June 2013 that Badgley and Kravitz broke up after two years of dating.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    In October 2011, Badgley began dating Zoë Kravitz but they were already linked together since July.
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    In late June 2011, it was reported Badgley would portray Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley.
    More Details Hide Details The movie follows the journey Jeff Buckley took in grappling with the legacy of his late musician father, Tim, leading up to and culminating with his legendary 1991 performance of his father's songs. For the role, Badgley said he took guitar and vocal lessons.
    In 2011, he was named one of People magazine's "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25".
    More Details Hide Details BuddyTV ranked him number 75 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011" list.
    He also appeared in the 2011 financial thriller drama Margin Call.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    Badgley and Lively ended their three-year relationship in mid-September 2010.
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    Badgley then proceeded to play Todd, the romantic interest of main character Olive (Emma Stone), in the 2010 teen romantic comedy Easy A.
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    He starred in the 2009 remake of the 1987 American thriller film The Stepfather, in which he is the stepson of the killer and plays an important role in the movie.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    During the 2008 United States presidential election, Badgley expressed his support for Barack Obama over John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details Badgley and Lively appeared in a pro-Barack Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program. The commercial, directed by Doug Liman, aired during Gossip Girl on The CW, MTV, and Comedy Central. In March 2010, the American Red Cross announced Penn Badgley as a member in National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services by donating their time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need – down the street, across the country and around the world. In April 2010, Badgley joined forces with Brad Pitt in the USA Bid Committee to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. Badgley is friends with Baltimore activist DeRay McKesson whom he met during the Occupy Wall Street movement and considers himself an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement. Badgley wants the police brutality dialogue to include women victims. Badgley is also a LGBT rights activist.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In late 2007, rumors circulated that Badgley was dating his Gossip Girl co-star Blake Lively. In May 2008, after People magazine published photos of the two kissing while on vacation in Mexico, they became more open about their relationship.
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    In 2007, Badgley was cast in The CW's teen drama series Gossip Girl, based on the book series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, which revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York City's Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions while dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues.
    More Details Hide Details Badgley portrays Dan Humphrey, the son of 1990s former rock star Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) and brother of Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen), who becomes the love interest of Upper East Side's "it" girl, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002, he starred in the WB comedy-drama series Do Over as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980, as a 14-year-old.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as this show premiered. The series was canceled short of a full season. Badgley later appeared in Drive-Thru playing Van co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester. Badgley went on to star in two other WB series: The Mountain (2004–05) and The Bedford Diaries (2006). Both shows were canceled after one season.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    He was nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work.
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  • 2000
    Age 13
    Badgley's first notice came with his role as Phillip Chancellor IV on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, holding that role from 2000 to 2001.
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    He followed this up in 2000 with voice work on Mario Tennis 64.
    More Details Hide Details His first screen acting credit was on an episode of Will & Grace and subsequently appearing on shows such as Daddio, The Brothers García and What I Like About You. Badgley's first major film credit was 2006's John Tucker Must Die, playing the role of Scott Tucker. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the US box office results for that weekend. As of November 2, the film has grossed $41 million domestically.
  • 1999
    Age 12
    Badgley's first credit was voice work for the video game Mario Golf 64 in 1999, though he claims to have never played it himself.
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  • 1998
    Age 11
    He also pursued a singing career during this time and recorded a pop single in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of fourteen, Badgley completed his California High School Proficiency Exam and began attending Santa Monica College. He was later accepted to the University of Southern California, where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations, but then later enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for two years.
  • 1986
    Born on November 1, 1986.
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