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Penn Badgley Wanted to Quit Acting

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Penn Badgley began acting professionally when he was only 11 years old, and eventually landed roles on shows like The Young and the Reckless and Will & Grace. After landing roles on two series that didn’t make it past their first seasons, though, the struggles of being an actor began to leave a mark.

Apparently, Penn was on the verge of quitting acting altogether before he got the role of Dan. Although he was hesitant to accept the part, the producers encouraged him to do so, and the rest is history. Penn is still acting today on You, although it’s not the roguishly charming role many are used to from him.

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