Everything you thought you knew about "Gossip Girl"'s Penn Badgley being a hugely Hollywood, affected d-baggington is
apparently not true, according to this late-breaking expose with the New York Times. In a recent installment of their "A Night Out With" section, investigative reporter Dave Itzkoff learns that Badgley is not only a somewhat average fellow like any other 22-year-old East Villager—shopping at Other Music, drinking Bud at Mars Bar—he likes decent music! He bought records by RZA and Toumani Diabete! Has he been reading The FADER? At first this news was shocking, but then we thought, perhaps Penn is simply typecast as Dan, because... remember his last emotive coolguy television character, Owen Gregory? No? That was on the Bedford Diaries, the shortlived WB drama about NYC college students, and Penn was sporting some seriously amazing grunge hair during that time. (YouTube evidence after the jump.) And while 21st century grungers don't generally get along with punks as a matter of principle, as Penn states in the piece, you just have to not be a jerk. We'll be watching Gossip Girl with a whole new open mind, wondering what other musical gems Badge-O's got in the crates.