Years later, Penn Badgley confesses the worst thing ever — he didn’t *get* “Gossip Girl”

Today in huh, Penn Badgley says he didn’t really *get* Gossip Girl

Now, that might be confusing to fans of the Upper East Side teen soap because, you know, Badgley played the blogger herself himself. And like, how could Gossip Girl not *get* Gossip Girl? That’d be like if Lorelai and Rory Gilmore didn’t *get* Gilmore Girls, or Veronica Mars didn’t *get* Veronica Mars

Even worse, Badgley thinks this is funny.

Okay, it kind of is, BUT STILL, C’MON, BADGLEY. YOU CAN DO BETTER. And also…um…what doesn’t he get?

"You know what’s funny? I think I got that show the least out of anyone who was a part of it. I have to just admit that," the actor told TVLine. "But I’m happy to wear that crown, so to speak. Like, yeah, OK. I’m Gossip Girl. That’s cool. I think the most honest thing I can say about it is that it’s very hard for anyone to have that much perspective about themselves."

Badgley went on to reflect on his character — Dan Humphrey aka Lonely Boy aka Gossip Girl — and he seemed to have mixed feelings.

Like, he loves Dan, but also, only so much?

"Being on that show and being that character, I don’t even know what to say — in a good way. I think I used to know what to say about it, or I thought I knew what to say about it. Now, I just think it’s this incredible thing and I sort of wonder at it."

He continued, “In a way, I’m infinitely grateful, and while being grateful, I’m measured in the way that I regard it. It’s a big defining thing in my life, so it’s like, how do I feel about Dan? How do I feel about Gossip Girl? I love them all. Sometimes you turn the most scrutinizing eye on the people and things you love the most.”

Well, do with that what you will. And you can catch Badgley in a very Dan-like role in Lifetime’s You. Let’s just hope he *gets* this show a little more…

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