Netflix, one of the most popular male protagonists is Joe Goldberg played by Penn Badgley. Fans are really been sympathetic and empathetic towards him even after being a serial killer. Penn Badgley’s character is dark and twisted. You will feel angry with him, but after some, you will be sympathetic towards him. He played a very confusing character, but that stick the fans with him.
One minute he is this normal guy, and within seconds he became a serial killer, who can kill anyone who is going to be in between with him and “you”.
Netflix’s show You have become a stellar hit from its very first season. After settling with Love Quinn, played by Victoria Pedretti, in one of the California suburbs of Madre Linda with their son Henry, both husband and wife had a fresh start. But murderers can’t just have a fresh start after killing over one person.
At the end of season 3, we just get a glimpse of Joe. He is now in Paris with a new name and a new identity, and still searching for his perfect “you”.
Penn Badgley road to Netflix
Before Penn Badgley becomes Joe Goldberg, he has done a lot of characters, and you even recognized him from those films and series. So here’s a list of characters Penn Badgley and how he comes to Netflix.
Joe Goldberg is very famous for his narration, and it will surprise you that his first work is doing voiceovers. “Believe it or not, his first credits were for voice work in the video games Mario Golf 64 and Mario Tennis 64 in 1999 and 2000.”
After that, he has done various short roles in sitcoms like Will and Grace, and The Young and the Restless.
2002 was a glorious year for him because he played the protagonist in two of the films. One is What I Like About You and Do Over. In 2004-05, he went to on a star in more series like The Mountain, a drama related to skiing, and in 2006 The Bedford Diaries.
In the same year of 2006, he has done his movie debut, and one of the popular movies of all time John Tucker Must Die a classic teen rom-com. He played the younger brother of John Tucker.
Another role for which Penn Badgley is famous for the series Gossip Girl. It’s a classic series that really has a cultural impact on its audience’s lives. Here Penn Badgley played the role of famous Dan Humphrey. This role has got him 16 Choice Awards Nominations. From the role of Dan Humphrey, we already got a sense of Joe Goldberg. If you still didn’t get it, you need to watch Gossip Girl.
Penn Badgley has claimed to The New Yorker, “it’s the same role, it’s just Joe has blood dripping down his face.”
After the huge success of Gossip Girl, other films he has done are Easy A, Margin Call, Greetings From Tim Buckley. He also created a music career in 2015, where he released an album with his band.
In 2018, his career in You has started as Penn Badgley, and he never had to look back ever. Joe’s character is Penn’s latest and most terrifying character. After You, Penn’s fan base has grown widely.