Joe Goldberg: Watch How Penn Badgley Transforms into Your Favourite Serial Killer

Joe Goldberg: Watch How Penn Badgley Transforms into Your Favourite Serial Killer

Penn Badgley has been highly appreciated for his portrayal of charming serial killer Joe Goldberg on Netflix’s thriller show You. He appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The second season of Netflix’s popular thriller show You premiered a few weeks ago, with fans closely following every move of the protagonist, the handsome and charming serial killer Joe Goldberg. The character is portrayed by Penn Badgley who appeared on an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 10th January. During the show, Penn demonstrated how easily he can switch his expressions from charming to creepy. He first smiled at the camera and then his expression quickly transitioned into a blank stare. Responding to his convincing performance, Stephen Colbert said, “Wow. A real Charlie Manson vibe.”

The actor also said he found it ‘shockingly simple’ to play creepy on the show. He spoke about how he struggled with “the conflict of playing such a guy and him being partly so likable”, with viewers having a “thirsty response to him.”

Talking about the audience’s response to his character, the 33-year-old said, “Well, it says something about how much we are willing to be patient and forgive of one who inhabits the body that looks something like mine, the colour of my skin, my gender these sorts of things, these sorts of privileges. And how less willing we are to forgive people who don’t fit those boxes.”

It has been confirmed that You will be returning to Netflix with season 3, in late 2020 or early 2021. After the shocking end of season 2, fans have a lot of questions and theories for the third season, which is expected to revolve around Joe and his partner Love trying to be a happy family unit. Speaking about the ending of season 2, showrunner Patrick Gamble told Entertainment Weekly, “We wrote [the finale] hoping that we will get the opportunity to tell more story because we’re really excited with the seeds planted at the end of season two.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.