Penn Badgley, known for his role as Joe Goldberg in the hit series You, once shared his reservations about his character and the perplexing allure he held for audiences. Despite his dislike for Joe’s disturbing traits, Badgley’s portrayal received widespread acclaim.
During an appearance on the Today show, Badgley discussed the unexpected adoration for Joe Goldberg, a character he described as “pretty reprehensible.” He pointed out that Joe was capable of stalking, murder, manipulation, and abuse. However, audiences seemed infatuated with the character, a phenomenon that puzzled Badgley.
Penn Badgley’s performance in You garnered praise from both viewers and critics. The show’s ability to surprise viewers, even catching Badgley off guard, contributed to its popularity.
Before accepting the role in You, Badgley had reservations about explicit scenes in the series. However, a decrease in explicit content and positive feedback from the show’s creators, including executive producer Sera Gamble, eased his initial apprehensions.
Badgley’s portrayal of Joe Goldberg in You has left a lasting impression on audiences, despite his personal reservations about the character’s disturbing nature.