Penn Badgley made a special request ahead of filming season 4 of You. The 36-year-old actor shared in a new interview that he asked You‘s showrunner to limit his sex scenes in the upcoming season of the Netflix psychological thriller.
“I asked Sera Gamble, [the] creator, ‘Can I just do no more intimacy scenes?’ This was actually a decision I had made before I took the show. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it publicly, but one of the main things is, ‘Do I want to put myself back on a career path where I’m always [the] romantic lead?'”
Badgley, who married singer Domino Kirke in 2017, added, “Fidelity in every relationship — especially in a marriage — is important to me.” The Gossip Girl alum continued, “It got to a point where [I thought], ‘I don’t want to do that,’ so I said to Sera, like, ‘My desire would be zero [intimate scenes], to go from 100 to zero.'” However, Badgley realized his request might not be possible since he signed a contract. “I signed up for the show. I know what I did.”
He added, “You can’t take this aspect out of the DNA of the concept, so ‘How much less can you make it?’ was my question to them.” To Badgley’s relief, Gamble “didn’t even bat an eye. She was really glad that I was that honest, and she was sort of almost empowered. She had a really positive response and they came back with a phenomenal reduction.”
Posting a hilarious video titled: “Me v Him” on Instagram, Badgley goes back and forth between himself and his You character, Joe Goldberg in an effort to get him to stop killing people. Joe, however, just can’t grasp the concept for long, as serial killing is so ingrained in him. Watch below:
The first half of You‘s fourth season is streaming now on Netflix; the remaining episodes will drop on March 9.