Penn Badgley on Margin Call, Gossip Girl, and What He Googled Before Occupying Wall Street

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A thriller about the financial crisis may be the last film you'd expect to see Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley star in — unless, of course, you saw the pic of him occupying Wall Street a couple of weeks ago, holding a sign that said “Bring back the Glass-Steagall Act.” Then it all makes sense. We spoke to the actor about playing a greedy financial analyst, his upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, and what he really knows about the Glass-Steagall Act.

Do you have any indication of how much longer Gossip Girl is gonna be on? Because you and me are tied to this together, you know, ‘cause I have to do these recaps.
[Laughs.] Yeah. I don’t think it can go past six. ’Cause that is what we’re contracted to.

So there’s no chance it’ll become The Golden Gossip Girls?
No. [Laughs.] No, I really don’t think so. But, you know, you never know.