Warning: Spoilers below
Penn Badgley called out fans of the Lifetime show “You” after he received several tweets from them swooning over his “psychopath” character.
In the series Badgley is Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager who goes to extreme lengths to date a woman named Guinevere Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail. He achieves his goal by stalking her every movement and killing those who get in the way of their romance. The show was recently added to Netflix.
Despite Joe’s psychopathic and murderous tendencies, some fans are still in love with the character — and Badgley was shutting them down on Wednesday.
“The transition from Dan Humphrey -my crush- to Joe Goldberg – the guy I'm terrified of – is exceptional . How i actually believed @PennBadgley in both is scintillating,” one fan wrote while mentioning Badgley’s “Gossip Girl” character.
The 32-year-old actor responded, “That’s actually really interesting, thank you. Maybe part of the transition is actually you—all of us—growing up, or rather maturing in our perception of these toxic norms.”
“@PennBadgley kidnap me pls,” another woman tweeted — referencing Joe abducting people in the show — to which Badgley replied, “No thx.”
“Said this already but @PennBadgley is breaking my heart once again as Joe. What is it about him?” one user wrote.
“A: He is a murderer,” Badgley replied.
Another tweet read, "Okay but @PennBadgley was sexy as Dan (in CW's "Gossip Girl") but lord Joe is a whole new level.”
"...of problems, right?" Badgley responded.
Not everyone is swooning over Joe Goldberg. One user pointed out how it was concerning that so many people were “romanticizing” the character.
“the amount of people romanticizing @PennBadgley’s character in YOU scares me,” someone wrote. Badgley tweeted in response, “Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2.”
Badgley previously told E! News that he was “troubled” by the role and couldn’t understand “why people like Joe so much.”
"I understood the appeal, but I was really ambivalent. I was really troubled, and that was also what [executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble] said was appropriate about me playing him. I remain ambivalent. I'm really questioning why people like Joe so much,” the actor said.