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10 Of Penn Badgley’s Best Quotes On Being A Dad

Unlike his character Joe on Netflix’s You, the actor has fully embraced and loved every minute of fatherhood IRL.

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“I have a stepson who’s 12, and his experience was, in a sense, different. ‘Cause they’re so social at that age.”

But our baby, he’s chilling. He’s only been with us. He loves it.

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He’s very happy. He’s very, very joyful.

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“The funny thing is I was curious what my new fatherhood, how that would influence my experience with Joe...and sometimes, it was almost not helpful, because I was having such a light and joyful experience — still am — and Joe is so petrified.”

[Joe is] so scared, and of course I can identify with the fear. But he’s just so morbid in his obsessive, sort of like, self-preservation, primal instinct that sometimes I found it harder, as a result.

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As much as it relates to my character, I am having a joyful experience as a father.

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“I can, of course, relate to the fears. But Joe’s fears are so intensely outsized, you know? For me, I’m just like, ‘Sure, Joe. Yeah, I guess you could spend all your time worrying about that.’”

But you know, to me, even being a father in a pandemic has still been a joy somehow.

I don’t know what it’s like to be at least a biological father outside of the pandemic.

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“It’s just been us, my wife and I, taking care of him. And, as a result, in some ways, we’re thrilled, there’s a beautiful joy and lightness to our connection with him. He seems to reflect that.”