Penn Badgley Shares Stories From His Time Dating Blake Lively

If you are a diehard Gossip Girl fan, then you would know that Penn Badgley (aka Dan Humphrey) and Blake Lively (aka Serena Van der Woodsen) dated both on screen and off in 2007.

Real-Life Couple

Yes, at one point they were a real-life couple, but things fizzled after only a few years. Now Lively is happily married to Ryan Reynolds and Badgley is with Domino Kirk⁠e⁠—but the internet, of course, still thinks fondly of Serena and Dan.

Fueled the Fire

And Penn Badgley just playfully fueled those flames even more. The ‘You’ star video-chatted with fellow Gossip Girl alum Chace Crawford (who played Nate Archibald) for Variety’s Actors on Actors series and, naturally they touched a little on the show that made them famous.

First to Get an iPhone

After Crawford pointed out that Badgley was the first of the Gossip Girl gang to get an iPhone—the first iPhone, back in 2007—Lonely Boy gave some more details that will amuse fans.

“I didn’t even want [the iPhone],” Badgley told Crawford. “Blake got me that. I literally was like, ’I don’t want this thing. It’s so cumbersome and it has all these…apps? It has apps on it?’”

Just Boys

The two actors continued down memory lane for a little bit, noting that Gossip Girl was indicative of its time. “Back in 2007—I mean, dude. That’s a long time ago when we were just boys. People wanted to watch a show like Gossip Girl because it was aspirational,” Badgley said. “It was an escape. It seemed like it struck a certain cultural chord because it was this aspirational fantastical vision of excess and wealth.”

Not Interested in That

He continued, “Now, cut 13 years later, people are not interested in that. And I think rightfully so. Now they’re interested in deconstructing why we’re so fascinated with that in the first place. We’re interested in deconstructing those systems of privilege.”

They also reminisced on the red-carpet treatment the GG cast experienced quickly⁠—even on set. Both Crawford and Badgley have fond memories of a manager at the Palace, one of the show’s landmarks, who always treated them well.

“He’s the one—when Blake and I went [to the Palace] to eat, it was probably when we were shooting there. They had a grilled cheese sandwich there called the Gossip Girl Grilled Cheese Sandwich.” Badgley recalled. “And I was like, ‘You should just call it the Gossip Grill.’ And then he took the menu from me and went inside, changed the name right there, printed a different menu and handed me a new menu with my suggestion. And I was like, ‘Okay. This is a way to live.’”

Watch Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford’s full Actors on Actors interview in the video below:


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