Paging Lonely Boy! Gossip Girl stars Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford might have signed on for new TV projects (in the ABC pilots L.A. Crime and Boom, respectively), but Penn Badgley, who played Brooklyn writer (and secret gossip blogger) Dan Humphries on The CW soap for six seasons, told Us Weekly that he doesn’t plan to do any more television once his NBC miniseries The Slap wraps up.
“It’s going to end up being my swan song for television because I don’t think I can do any more,” the actor said of the NBC event series, which documents the aftermath of a man slapping someone else’s child at a birthday party.
“It was a wink and a nod to my role in Gossip Girl,” he told Us in an interview ahead of his latest movie release. “I’m playing a guy who’s on a TV show, a hit TV show, and he’s also the front-singer in a band. So I was like, ‘Alright, this is so close to home that if anybody else plays it, it’s a joke anyway.'”
Badgley said he took the role in The Slap because of the people involved, including Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, and director Lisa Cholodenko. “I always want to work with good actors and good directors,” he said.
But now, Badgley is looking toward music and film to scratch his creative itches. Badgley costars with Dakota Johnson, Ethan Hawke, and Milla Jovovich in the Shakespeare-inspired crime drama Cymbeline, which is out in limited release beginning March 13, and sings in the band Mothxr, which has tour dates lined up through September 2015.
“I’m less concerned than ever with what people are thinking, particularly with my career as a whole,” he said. “Because it’s like, people can think about or review my performance in any one project, but if they’re looking at, like, this collective whole it’s more than ever a work in progress. Being a part of Gossip Girl was an experience that’s still having major vibrations in my life. So integrating that into my life and not letting it take over and kind of moving beyond it and going past it, actually, for anybody, takes a lot of time and attention.”
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