Penn Badgley Reveals How Obsessive “Gossip Girl” Fans Really Were

Penn Badgley. Photo by David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9877942n)

It’s safe to say that Gossip Girl changed the life of Penn Badgley.

The actor played the role of Dan Humphrey on The CW show for 6 years and was ultimately revealed to be behind the omniscient voice of Gossip Girl.

During the height of the teen drama, New York City high schoolers stalked the Gossip Girl set in the hopes of seeing their favorite cast members.

“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. Because that’s what they do,” the 31-year-old told The Daily Beast, describing it as “pretty full-on obsession.”

Penn will next be seen in Lifetime’s series You where he plays a bookstore manager who falls in love with a customer and becomes obsessed with her.

When life imitates art…