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Penn Badgley & Chace Crawford Look Back on ‘Gossip Girl’: ‘It Was Ahead of Its Time’

Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford are in a reminiscent mood in their new feature for Variety.

The two Gossip Girl actors looked back on the series that launched their careers and opened up about what the experience was like for them.

However, the two do admit that it’s been quite a while since they’ve watched the series.

“I haven’t seen it in so long. It would be very interesting to watch it now. Have you seen it recently?” Penn asked Chace, who said that someone would have “to strap me to a gurney and pop my eyes open like ‘Clockwork Orange.’ But no, it would be interesting to see the first couple maybe.”

Penn adds that the last time he saw the show was with his wife, Domino Kirke, when they first started dating.

“It must’ve been six months after we met. She had never seen it, and that’s the last time I can remember seeing an episode,” he says. “I remember even then, it has nothing to do with the show, but it was very hard to watch. These snapshots of yourself when you’re 20, 21, 22 years old. Who can enjoy that? Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable.”

Chace and Penn do feel that the series was ahead of its time for jumpstarting the social media age.

“I remember even meeting a publicist that first season, and she was talking about this thing called Twitter. And as she explained Twitter, I was like, ‘What is this nonsense? I don’t want to have a Twitter account, and you tweet. What is this bird thing?’” Penn recalled. “That’s something that actually years later, I think we got to give credit to ‘Gossip Girl.’”

Chace added, “It was ahead of its time.”

If you missed it, see which co-star it was that first gave an iPhone to Penn!

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