Guess what 'Gossip Girl' fans? Blake Lively gave Penn Badgley his first iPhone


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  • Sunday, 05 Jul 2020

Penn Badgley and Blake Lively starred in 'Gossip Girl'. Photo: Filepic

The evidence supporting the fact that Penn Badgley was indeed behind the "Gossip Girl" account is shaky at best. From fans to cast members, nobody was totally sold on the idea that his character Dan Humphrey ghostwrote the often-damning text messages and blog posts on the CW soap opera, which premiered in 2007. In a video chat for Variety's Actors on Actors issue, Badgley and Chace Crawford revealed new information that weakens the case.

OK, so this isn't really about Humphrey, it's about Badgley's own technology habits. But fans of Gossip Girl will find it fascinating nonetheless.

The iPhone was released in June 2007. At the Gossip Girl Halloween party four months later, Badgley was in possession of the smart phone. He was the first cast member to have one, according to Crawford. Gossip Girl would surely have all the latest gadgets as soon as they hit the market, right?

Badgley was quick to shoot down that theory. "I didn't even want it," Badgley said. "Blake (Lively)" – who he was dating at the time – "got me that. I was like, 'I don't want this thing. It's so cumbersome and it has all these apps'."

Badgley was not only averse to the iPhone, but also social media at large. He recalled meeting a publicist during Season One who explained Twitter to him. "I was like 'What is this nonsense? I don't want to have a Twitter account and tweet ... What is this bird thing?' Explaining it to me was such a foreign concept."

Ironic for the man who was allegedly the mastermind behind the comings and goings of all Upper East Siders, but he does give credit to the show for being ahead of its time. "It was a futuristic concept," Badgley said. "It was trying to get at social media before social media." – Reuters

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