Penn Badgley’s Character in You has Gained Attraction by Many. This is why
Penn Badgley has successfully portrayed the role of a creepy murder in the hit Netflix series, You. While fans romanticize his character, he explains why people may be attracted to it
There’s a high possibility that you have already seen, or are in the middle of watching Netflix Original series, You, starring Penn Badgley in the lead role. The show has followed Penn Badgley who plays the role of Joe Goldberg, through two seasons and it was recently announced that the show is getting a third season. You, which originally premiered on Lifetime in 2018 and tanked, was given a second chance when Netflix picked it up and streamed it internationally that same year.
And now, who could have predicted that a character birthed from a Lifetime series would be such a topic of conversation and point of obsession on social media and beyond? Penn Badgley, who portrays the creepy bibliophile serial killer Joe Goldberg, is aware of how obsessed people have become of his spine-chilling but make it sexy character. The series, which is based on Caroline Kepnes' books, have watched Joe Goldberg kill time and time again, but still can't get enough.
The former Gossip Girl actor opened up about his character in a recent interview and said, "There are times where Joe is so impossibly sympathetic and even honest and brave. Sometimes he's the exact perfect balance between chivalrous and allowing his partner to be autonomous and empowered.” To explain the theory behind why people are so attracted to his character, he said, “He's actually in some ways made to be the perfect guy that does this really—to even say it's terrible is kind of an understatement—thing."
A quick scroll through social media or Twitter will show a number of memes pertaining to his character while some are even romanticizing the character. To which the 33-year-old actor has been quick to remind fans that Joe Goldberg is a murderer and well, not much of a good person.
Further, on the note of what the public's obsession with Joe Goldberg says of us as a society, Badgley adds, "First of all, we're not yet at the stage collectively where we're able to watch anything and not ultimately glorify it. And then you cast people like Christian Bale (who portrays Patrick Bateman in American Psycho), who's this tall, gorgeous talented young man, and he gives a great performance. The way we capture things on camera is a bit surreal. It's made to be compelling in a way that may not be exactly like real life. In a way, everyone is always being toyed with."