Penn Badgley seemed kinda sheepish about being photographed at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Downtown Manhattan earlier this week.
“I mean, listen, it’s cheesy,” Badgley told CapitalNewYork.com. “But I want to do whatever I can. Let’s be honest: I’m on f*cking ‘Gossip Girl.’”
But maybe Penn’s selling himself short. Because when we look back at his past deeds, we can tell he’s got politics in his blood. Behold …
September 19, 2007: “Gossip Girl” premieres on the CW. Penn stars as Dan Humphries lone fighter for the rights of the upper middle class student in the harsh, stratified world of private school on the Upper East Side.
October 13, 2008: Penn and then-girlfriend Blake Lively appear in a funny MoveOn.org PSA warning kids of the dangers of letting their parents vote for John McCain. “Mom, dad, I found this in your room today,” he says, holding up a McCain hat.
September 17, 2010: “Easy A” opens. Penn plays Todd, a young man willing to dress like a woodchuck for women’s sexual freedom. Or something like that.
October 5, 2011: Penn holds up a sign protesting corporate greed and advocating the return of the Glass-Steagall Act. Forces millions of “Gossip Girl” fans to open their American History textbooks for the first time.
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