‘You’: The 1 Thing Penn Badgley Wants Fans of His Character, Joe Goldberg, to Stop Doing

by Jeremy Spirogis
Penn Badgley on Oct. 16, 2018, during SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations

Penn Badgley needs followers of You to cease romanticizing his character, Joe Goldberg. Warning: spoiler alerts for Season 2 forward.

The actor who beforehand performed Dan Humphrey on the CW’s hit collection, Gossip Girl, is now enjoying a serial killer in You based mostly on the eponymous novel by Caroline Kepnes. Season 2, which debuted on Netflix Dec. 26, 2019, adopted Hidden Bodies the sequel to You from Kepnes, albeit with a couple of deviations from the guide.

For those that haven’t already binge-watched Season 2 of You on Netflix, Badgley’s character, Joe, nonetheless has an unhealthy obsession with a lady — no shock there — and continues to kill folks within the identify of affection, or extra precisely, Love Quinn, performed by actress Victoria Pedretti.

Penn Badgley on Oct. 16, 2018, during SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations
Penn Badgley on Oct. 16, 2018, throughout SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Since the present first gained recognition when it switched from Lifetime to Netflix, followers of the collection have made their love of Joe identified. And for Badgley, that sort of fan response isn’t one he needs. Rather than be fully repulsed by Joe’s actions, followers have embraced Badgley’s character and have been rooting for him. Memes about Joe’s skill to textual content again having simply killed somebody have even been making rounds on Instagram.

Penn Badgley says Joe isn’t ‘looking for true love’

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly printed on Dec. 27, 2019, shortly after the discharge of You Season 2, Badgley mirrored on the occasions that transpired over the course of 10 episodes, reminding followers of the collection his character isn’t somebody to romanticize. He stated Joe doesn’t have the perfect intentions regardless of Season 2 ending with him attempting to be a greater particular person.

“Joe is not actually looking for true love,” Badgley stated. “He’s not actually a person who just needs somebody who loves him. He’s a murderer! He’s a sociopath. He’s abusive. He’s delusional. And he’s self-obsessed.”

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Badgley’s tackle Joe could be very completely different from how followers really feel about his character. Viewers appear to suppose his obsessive and violent methods are someway fascinating. That’s proper. Audiences appear to like Joe, the eye he provides ladies, and it’s been that means since Season 1 hit Netflix in Dec. 2018. 

On Jan. 9, 2019, Badgley responded to followers’ feedback about his character on Twitter, in line with Teen Vogue. One viewer wrote, “Kidnap me pls,” to which Badgley replied, “No thx.” Another fan tweet learn, “Said this already but @PennBadgley is breaking my heart once again as Joe. What is it about him?” The actor responded with “A: He is a murderer.”

Badgley went on to say that followers romanticizing Joe can be all of the motivation he’d want for future episodes of the present.

Victoria Pedretti doesn’t imagine folks wish to date Joe

Badgley’s Season 2 co-star, Pedretti, feels the identical means about folks romanticizing Joe. She doesn’t prefer it. “People are going to say dumb sh**,” she informed Teen Vogue throughout a dialog printed on Dec. 27, 2019. “I don’t truly believe that people want to sleep with a serial killer. It’s just that Penn Badgley is not actually a serial killer, he’s a sweet man.”

Kepnes is at the moment engaged on a 3rd guide in her You collection with a fourth anticipated. As for the Netflix collection, Season three hasn’t been confirmed however followers and the solid are hopeful it is going to return to the streaming service in Dec. 2020.

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