Penn Badgley Appears in Mr Porter Shoot, Talks ‘You’ & Fame

October 26, 2021
Penn Badgley dons a Mr P. cashmere coat, Tom Ford shirt t-shirt, and Saint Laurent chinos for Mr Porter.
Penn Badgley dons a Mr P. cashmere coat, Tom Ford t-shirt, and Saint Laurent chinos for Mr Porter.

Penn Badgley finds time for Mr Porter, connecting with the luxury retailer for a new feature to promote the third season of his hit Netflix show, You. Hitting the photo studio and posing outdoors, Badgley links up with photographer Geordie Wood for images that reflect the actor’s natural laidback demeanor. Meanwhile, Grant Woodhead styles Badgley in fall fashions from Mr Porter’s Mr P. line, alongside brands like Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta.

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While Badgley has struck stardom with today’s generation via You, the 34-year-old actor initially rose to fame in the ’00s, playing Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl. Instead of celebrating the moment, he started thinking about the distance between work and life. Talking to Brennan Carley for Mr Porter, Badgley explains that fame took its toll, and privacy fell out of his grasp. 

In front and center, Penn Badgley wears an A.P.C. cotton-corduroy shirt, Bottega Veneta t-shirt, and Acne Studios trousers for Mr Porter.
In front and center, Penn Badgley wears an A.P.C. cotton-corduroy shirt, Bottega Veneta t-shirt, and Acne Studios trousers for Mr Porter.

You could spot Badgley’s face on significant avenues, or you could see him riding a bike around town. And his choice of attire made him unintentionally easier to spot. He stated that his face was literally in a billboard in Times Square. “I think there’s no shortage of examples of people in our position struggling with mental health for very, very legitimate reasons,” says Badgley. 

Donning a Tom Ford leather down jacket, Penn Badgley also sports a Studio Nicholson mock-neck sweater, and Tod's houndstooth trousers for Mr Porter.
Donning a Tom Ford leather down jacket, Penn Badgley also sports a Studio Nicholson mock-neck sweater, and Tod’s houndstooth trousers for Mr Porter.

Badgley reveals that “Being an actor is almost solely a psychological or emotional task. If you’re any good or successful, your psychological health, mental health, spiritual health… It’s really tested.” It comes as no surprise that at some point, Badgley contemplated quitting acting.

Actor Penn Badgley wears a Mr P. Prince of Wales checked wool overcoat and Sunspel t-shirt for Mr Porter.
Actor Penn Badgley wears a Mr P. Prince of Wales checked wool overcoat and Sunspel t-shirt for Mr Porter.

In 2018, You was a massive hit for his career. Badgley had publicly admitted that he was struggling to play the antihero category. But he had to make a space for himself. “I’ve changed,” says Badgley. “I’ve accepted it. We live in an age where we’re very actively deconstructing a lot of old notions, and what’s coming with that is an obsession with villainy and darkness. I don’t actually think our show is unique in representing any of that.” Read more at MrPorter.com.

Penn Badgley Mr Porter Photoshoot

Ready for his close-up, Penn Badgley dons a Mr P. cashmere and silk-blend polo shirt for Mr Porter.
Ready for his close-up, Penn Badgley dons a Mr P. cashmere and silk-blend polo shirt for Mr Porter.
Geordie Wood photographs Penn Badgley for Mr Porter.
Geordie Wood photographs Penn Badgley for Mr Porter.

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