Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley say working on Gossip Girl made them feel ‘like Mickey Mouse’


Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley say working on Gossip Girl made them feel ‘kind of like Mickey Mouse’ as they look back on the hit series that ended a decade ago

Chace Crawford and Penn Badgley spoke about working on the original Gossip Girl series during an episode of the latter’s Podcrushed podcast that was released on Tuesday.

The performers, aged 36 and 35, respectively, discussed their experiences with dealing with the sudden fame that was thrust upon them after they appeared in the show.

The actors previously portrayed Nate Archibald and Dan Humphrey in the original version of the program, which ran from 2007 until 2012.

Being open: The performers, aged 36 and 35, respectively, discussed their experiences with dealing with the sudden fame that was thrust upon them after they appeared in the show

Looking back: Penn Badgley, left, and Chace Crawford, right, spoke about working on the original Gossip Girl series during an episode of the latter’s Podcrushed podcast that was released on Tuesday

Crawford made a point of expressing that he had mixed feelings about his time with Gossip Girl.

‘There were definitely a lot of negatives and positives, but… I mean, it was just such a wild time. It was so novel as well,’ he said.

The cast member of The Boys did note that he was still enamored with the city in which the program took place.

‘New York City, I have such this romanticized love for – I still do – I’m still in love with that city because of it,’ he said.

Speaking his mind: Crawford made a point of expressing that he had mixed feelings about his time with Gossip Girl

Speaking his mind: Crawford made a point of expressing that he had mixed feelings about his time with Gossip Girl

A good look: Here Penn is seen in costume for a scene from Gossip Girl

A good look: Here Penn is seen in costume for a scene from Gossip Girl 

Crawford then illustrated how he and many of his collaborators became lost in the glitz and glamor of show business.

‘We were given the keys to the city at a crazy time, a lot of partying and you know, and access to different things that you can sort of get caught up in,’ he said.

He added: ‘You are kind of like Mickey Mouse to Disneyland, you know, people see you and you’re, like, this character in this city.’ 

Badgley found Crawford’s analogy to be particularly funny and made an addition to the comment. 

All mixed up: Crawford then illustrated how he and many of his collaborators became lost in the glitz and glamor of show business

All mixed up: Crawford then illustrated how he and many of his collaborators became lost in the glitz and glamor of show business

‘You are like Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, which is to say you’re a faceless person inside of a suit who cannot be seen or heard, who everybody’s taking pictures with,’ he stated.

Crawford then discussed the difficulties that he faced after leaving the program. 

‘I kind of describe it like an athlete or a quarterback or someone getting injured or ending their career like instantly, and your identity is just kind of pulled out, the rug’s pulled out from under you,’ he said.

The actor then noted that he was confused about the state of his career after Gossip Girl ended.

No guidance: The actor then noted that he was confused about the state of his career after Gossip Girl ended

No guidance: The actor then noted that he was confused about the state of his career after Gossip Girl ended

‘To have that pulled away at the end of it, for me, was really jarring…to move back and be back there [in LA], I didn’t handle it too well for a while,’ he stated. 

The original Gossip Girl series initially premiered in 2007 ran for a total of six seasons.

Both Crawford and Badgley remained with the program, which also starred performers such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen, for its whole run.

A rebooted version of the program premiered on the HBO Max streaming platform last July.

Sticking with it: Both Crawford and Badgley remained with the program, which also starred performers such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen, for its whole run

Sticking with it: Both Crawford and Badgley remained with the program, which also starred performers such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen, for its whole run

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