Penn Badgley Opens Up About the Emotional & Mental Challenge of Filming Gruesome ‘You’ Scenes

Penn Badgley Opens Up About the Emotional & Mental Challenge of Filming Gruesome ‘You’ Scenes

In terms of grotesque TV scenes, Netflix thriller You has all of it. We’re speaking brutal murders, mutilated our bodies, meat grinders used to eliminate human proof and burying folks, alive.

Merely studying these phrases can evoke a visceral response in many people – horror, disgust, nausea. So when star Penn Badgley has to reside and breathe these intense moments because the disarmingly charming but murderous Joe Goldberg on set for weeks at a time? It’s understandably a problem.

Talking on his Podcrushed podcast, the actor reveals there’ve been instances the place he’s damaged down on set:

“I really want a second typically,” he tells co-hosts and associates Sophie Ansari and Nava Kavelin.

“And even talking of what I’m doing from a totally conceptual secular sense, if I’m actually attempting to course of this actuality of what any person’s doing. Like, that is terrible. Terrible. Worst of humanity actually, proper? If I’m actually processing that and current with it, it’s like the worst. So actually earlier than and after takes is typically after I really break down.”

He explains that he turns to a “hardcore prayer regiment and meditation” to assist him put together and provides, “I can’t have meals in my abdomen” to presumably keep away from feeling sick.

However typically, there are scenes that are unpredictably tough to movie: “You understand dealing with the pretend lifeless our bodies is definitely surprisingly laborious.  It simply type of turns your abdomen as a result of the pores and skin feels actual and there’s really human hair.”

When requested by Nava whether or not others on set are there to console him, Penn shares that persons are typically “quiet and respectful” of his expertise. He additionally provides that as a director himself on a number of episodes, he’s been capable of be there for different actors, “as a result of this present is coping with quite a lot of heavy stuff.”

Past speaking about dealing with grotesque scenes, the episode can also be a hilarious dialogue between associates about life’s vital questions … like who Penn believes Joe Goldberg would “FMK” (f***, marry or kill). You possibly can test it out in full once you subscribe to Podcrushed’s YouTube Channel HERE.

You Season 4 shall be out on Netflix in two components, with the primary half launching Feb. 10, 2023 and the second half out on March 10.

(Characteristic Picture Credit score: Mike Pont/Getty Pictures for A+E)

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