What Has Penn Badgley Been Doing Since Gossip Girl and What Is His Net Worth?

For fans of Gossip Girl, it seems like it has been forever since Penn Badgley last appeared on the small screen. But now, thanks to the Netflix release of the stalker drama, You, Badgley is back in the spotlight. The reviews are in, and Badgley’s portrayal of love-struck sociopath Joe is spot on. So where has the actor been for the past seven years and how much is he worth now?

‘Gossip Girl’

Badgley landed his breakout role playing Dan Humphrey on the hit CW series, Gossip Girl. He played the character for all of the shows six seasons and was nominated for a Teen Choice award each year. But Badgley hasn’t always been proud of his role. In fact, the actor turned the job down twice before actually taking the role. In 2013 he hinted that he wasn’t proud of the work that he did on Gossip Girl, stating, “To be proud of something is a really nice feeling. And it’s a new feeling, and it’s something that I wanna keep going with.”

Life after ‘Gossip Girl’


After Gossip Girl ended in 2012, the actor switched gears a little bit. For fun, Badgley joined friends Jimmy Giannopoulos, Simon Oscroft, and Darren Will to form the band MOTHXR, a passion project of sorts. Badgley headlined the band. At first, it was something the crew did for fun, but they soon found out that people actually had an interest in what they were doing.

In 2015, the band signed with Washington Square. Shortly after, they started touring around the world. When asked about the demo that attends their shows, Badgley said that they get an assortment of people and yes, many of them are Gossip Girl fans. He told Cosmopolitan, “It’s a healthy mixture, I’d say. We have to be and are grateful for the fans that Gossip Girl might bring in. In the beginning, there was probably a predominant thing there, depending on the city.”

Music hasn’t been the only thing that the actor/musician has been up to over the past several years. Badgley has appeared on TV and in movies, albeit in smaller roles. In 2015 he played Jamie in the TV series Slap and appeared in Adam Green’s Aladdin in 2016.

In 2014 Badgley began dating singer Domino Kirke. The couple was married in 2017. Fans can check out Badgley in Kirke’s 2017 music video Half Blood.

The actor had reservations about his current role

Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey and Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl
Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey and Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl | The CW

There’s a lot of buzz about Badgley’s latest role in the Netflix series, You. The actor stars as Joe Goldberg, a disturbed bookstore manager that falls for a beautiful writer who walks into his bookstore. Throughout the show, viewers watch him stalk, manipulate, and eventually kill the young woman. The show is based on the 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes.

Badgley’s performance has people wondering whether his portrayal is too creepy. It’s something the actor questions himself. He told Entertainment Weekly that he originally didn’t want to take the role, but it turns out that that hesitation is what made him perfect for the role. He told the magazine, “I knew that I would be conflicted about the role from day one till the last day, and that is why they thought I would be good for it, is that I’m not psyched to play somebody of this nature.”

What is Penn Badgley’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Badgley’s estimated net worth is $8 million, with the bulk of his earnings have come from his acting career. This gives Badgley the second highest net worth of the cast of Gossip Girls, behind Blake Lively.