Penn Dayton Badgley was born on 1 November 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a musician and actor, best known for being a part of the television series “Gossip Girl” as the character Dan Humphrey. He’s also been a part of numerous films, including “John Tucker Must Die”, “Easy A” and “Greetings from Tim Buckley”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Penn Badgley? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $8 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He’s been active in the music industry as well and has also done voice-over work. As he continues his career his wealth is expected to increase.
Penn Badgley Net Worth $8 million
Due to his parents’ divorce when he was 12 years old, Penn had to split time between Woodlake, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. He attended Woolridge Elementary and then transferred to St. Christopher’s School where he played soccer on a team his father coached. His first experience at acting was when he became part of the Charles Wright Academy. There he joined the Seattle Children’s Theatre and was soon participating in productions while also doing voice-overs for radio stations. Badgley then started to focus more on a singing and acting career. He attended Santa Monica College and was later accepted into the University of California, however, due to contractual obligations he wasn’t able to attend the university, and later went to Lewis & Clark College for two years.
One of Penn’s first major works came in the form of the video game “Mario Golf 64” which he voiced. The following year he had also voiced for the game “Mario Tennis 64”, and made a guest appearance in an episode of “Will & Grace”. Soon he was appearing in other shows such as “What I Like About You” and “Daddio, The Brothers Garcia”. He would start to gain recognition when he became part of the series “The Young and the Restless” as Phillip Chancellor IV. He was nominated a Young Artist Award for his performance. Badgley then appeared in “Do Over” which lasted for less than a season and then appeared in “Drive Thru”. He continued this trend of Warner Brother series such as “The Bedford Diaries” and “The Mountain”, all of which were short lived. His first major film would come in 2006 and it was entitled “John Tucker Must Die”. The film would gross highly in the box office, and his net worth took-off accordingly.
Penn’s breakthrough role would come in a series entitled “Gossip Girl” based on a book series of the same name. He portrayed the character Dan Humphrey who becomes the romantic interest of Blake Lively’s character, Serena van der Woodsen. Soon after starting “Gossip Girl” he would get more opportunities such as in the films “The Stepfather” and “Easy A”, in which he was the romantic interest of Emma Stone’s character Olive. One of his latest films is “Greetings from Tim Buckley” which showcased his musical skills.
In 2014, Badgley started a band and they released a song entitled “Easy” on Soundcloud. The band would soon be called MOTHXR and would sign with the Kitsune label. The band has toured around, supporting other acts, and then releasing their debut album “Centerfold” last February 2016.
For his personal life, it is known that Badgley dated “Gossip Girl” co-star Blake Lively for three years. In 2011, he dated Zoe Kravitz but their relationship ended after two years.
Politically, Penn is known for supporting Barack Obama during the 2008 election. He also helped Brad Pitt’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States.
Joked he would rather be named Penn than other tennis brands Dunlop or Wilson.
When asked who his best and worst on-screen kissing experience was with he said Blake Lively. It was the best because of their relationship and the worst because their characters were still together after they broke up.
Close friends with fellow Baltimore native and civil rights activist DeRay McKesson.
While in a relationship with former girlfriend Zoë Kravitz he met band mate Jimmy Giannopolous, who is also in Zoe Kravitz's band Lolawolf.
Penn's band, Mothxr is composed of transplants from other bands. Jimmy Giannoppulos of Pretty Good Dance Moves, Lolawolf and Reputante. Simon Oscroft of No. Darren Will of Rathbourne and Lakis Pavlou of Drowners.
Was in a relationship with Birth Doula, Domino Kirke from Spring 2014 until Winter 2014.
First single, Easy, from his band Mother was released June 3, 2014 on iTunes.
Penn is the frontman of the Brooklyn based band, Mothxr. Originally the band had been called Mother but they found it extremely difficult to promote because it's impossible for people to google.
His favorite musician of all time is D'Angelo. His favorite album is 'Voodoo'.
Penn, Leighton Meester and Blake Lively are the only Gossip Girl cast members to appear in every single episode of the series.
Living in New York [April 2013]
Penn's two passions in life are music and acting.
Penn was accepted to the University of Southern California, but deferred admission to pursue his acting career. He has joked that he will attend when he's age 30.
In 2001 he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his work on "The Young and the Restless" when he was age 15.
Penn's ancestry includes English and Irish, as well as German and Scottish, and remote Dutch and Welsh; also, one of Penn's paternal great-grandfathers, Howard Duff, was an immigrant from Jamaica, and may have had Afro-Jamaican ancestry. Penn's patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to George Badgley, who was born, c. 1616, in Bakewell, Derby, England.
Penn has traveled to South America and experienced ayahuasca, the legendary vine of the souls, multiple times. Ayahuasca is a brew of psychoactive ingredients that can produce a feeling of enlightenment and spirituality when ingested. Many people say that it made profound positive changes in their lives after consumption. In October 2012 Penn took part in the 5th annual Ayahuasca Monologues which took place at Webster Hall in New York City where he described his experiences comically in front of an audience. He described his latest experience as the simplest but most profound moment of his life so far.
Sings completely live in the film 'Greetings from Tim Buckley'.
Owns many guitars including a Gibson ES-175 and L-5, Collings C-10, two fenders: A sea-foam green Stratocaster and a Telecaster Custom. The L-5 and Collings were gifts to himself when he found out he landed the role of Jeff Buckley in 'Greetings from Tim Buckley'.
Has known Blake Lively since he was eleven years old but is adamant that they didn't actually know each other well until Gossip Girl, where they became close.
Penn's most embarrassing moment was forgetting the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" while singing at a minor-league baseball game.
Good friend of Shawn Pyfrom.
Penn turned down the role of Dan Humphrey twice before accepting.
Penn highly admires TV actresses Tina Fey and Parker Posey.
Penn's mother once drove him 50 miles to appear in a community production of Music Man.
Did voice-over work for Nintendo games.
In March 2010, The American Red Cross announced Penn Badgley as a member in National Celebrity Cabinet.
During the 2008 United States presidential election, Badgley expressed his support for Barack Obama over John McCain.
Plays guitar, bass and sings.
Was in an on and off relationship with Zoe Kravitz from summer 2011 until 2013.
Upon being asked how his name originated, he says his father was bouncing a Pilot Pen tennis ball in frustration while trying to think of baby names. When his mother got her ultrasound, he referred to the baby looking like the size of the tennis ball. And thus, they named him Penn.
Attended Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington.
Has an older half sister.
Gap in teeth
Curly dark hair
Doe brown eyes
[asked by People magazine what rock star he liked as a child] One of my bigger crushes was Eve. I loved her 'cause she was kind of hard. I love those tattoos.
Passion is number one and trust is number two. You need to start with a passionate connection, and if you can maintain it and cultivate it, that's most important. Then trust can develop.
[talking about getting into character to play Jeff Buckley] At that time I was falling madly in love in a way that was changing me and opening me up. And it was an integral part of playing Jeff. Technically, I could probably play guitar and sing better now because I have a year of consistent experience under my belt, but, at the time, I was kind of going through what Jeff was going through emotionally in the movie in the sense that the worlds of music and love and women and art were opening up to me. Honestly I needed it. It was like this cosmic intervention where, if you're going to play somebody like Jeff you've got to at least be in love, you know? And being in love, real, true, earth-shattering love - even though it sounds hyperbolic I really was going through it - helped me be as good as I could be. For me, this movie is a beautiful step forward. Gossip Girl has given me everything that I have now. It gave me the opportunity to live in New York and to be in a position to get this role. It also put me in New York City so I could meet Zoe.
I would say, it is a huge commitment to make. I mean it's amazing that someone chooses to do this for a living and I would encourage it no matter who you are but I think that you just have to realize that it's a life commitment the same way that someone might commit themselves to becoming a lawyer or a doctor. You know, you go to law school for seven years, I had been in LA for eight years. I feel like that is the equivalent of you know, paying your dues. It's a lot of work and you can't really treat it casually if you really want to succeed but it is the best job there is, I think. So if you can do it, I would say, go right ahead.
I couldn't date someone who didn't like dogs. There are exceptions to the rule, but I find that if someone doesn't like animals, I am a little suspicious of them.
I want to be an actor. I don't want to be a celebrity. They are two different things and people have forgotten that they are different.
I had actually told my agent at one time, 'If someone ever makes a Jeff Buckley movie, I have to do it'. I felt that it called for a person that hears this music and is deeply, deeply moved more than just someone who is able to look like him, or play like him, or sing like him.
[on the advantage of fame] I've had some fun nights. But I learned early on that that stuff is never satisfying in the end. There's a reason the French call the moment of orgasm la petite mort, "the little death." No matter how good the moment was, the moment after is always revealing.
[on marriage] Yeah. Eventually. I want the ceremony. I want the bond.
[on what he wish he had been told as a teen] I wish I had known that vulnerability is universal for everyone, regardless of how cool or not cool they are. You have such a heightened awareness of yourself, so even small things seem life-changing - a bad day turns into, 'Oh my gosh, my life is over.' If I were still a teen, I would want to hear: 'It's okay. Take a deep breath and move on,'"
I've written a song for every woman I've been with.