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9 Interesting Secrets About Penn Badgley

1. Badgley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Lynne Murphy and Duff Badgley, who worked as a newspaper reporter and also a carpenter; Duff was the Green Party candidate for governor of Washington state in 2008. Badgley split his childhood years between Woodlake, Virginia and Seattle, Washington.

2. At age 11, Badgley relocated to Hollywood and began pursuing an acting career.

3. He also pursued a singing career during this time and recorded a pop single in 1998. He was later accepted to the University of Southern California, where he deferred admission due to contractual obligations, but then later enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for two years.

4. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $14.3 million, ranking third in the US box office results for that weekend.

5. He was nominated for a 2001 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series for his work.

6. In 2002, he starred in the WB comedy-drama series Do Over as Joel Larsen, a 34-year-old man who gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1980, as a 14-year-old.

7. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as this show premiered.

8. Badgley later appeared in Drive-Thru playing Van co-starring future castmate Leighton Meester.

9. Badgley went on to star in two other WB series: The Mountain .

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