By Brent Furdyk.

Penn Badgley welcomed his former “Gossip Girl” co-star Chace Crawford to join him on his “Podcrashed” podcast, where they shared their recollections of shooting the beloved teen drama in New York City.

“There were definitely a lot of negatives and positives, but … I mean, it was just such a wild time. It was so novel as well,” said Crawford of filming in the Big Apple.

“New York City, I have such this romanticized love for — I still do — I’m still in love with that city because of it. But we were given the keys to the city at a crazy time, a lot of partying and you know, and access to different things that you can sort of get caught up in,” Crawford continued.


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“That was, at the same time, okay in your early 20s and a lot of fun, but you are kind of like Mickey Mouse to Disneyland, you know, people see you and you’re, like, this character in this city,”

Badgley responded with a laugh. “That’s a funny metaphor,” he said. “You are like Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, which is to say you’re a faceless person inside of a suit who cannot be seen or heard, who everybody’s taking pictures with.”

Getting serious, Crawford admitted that he also found being a celebrity on the streets of NYC to be a bit unsettling.

“I’m a little bit more on the private side. I mean, I’m extroverted, but it created a little bit of paranoia,” Crawford explained. “I don’t know about you, Penn. I feel [from the] outside looking in, I feel like you dealt with it amazingly, but I definitely had gotten a weird paranoia.”


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According to Badgley, his own social life wasn’t as active as Crawford’s was during that period.

“I think on the inside we had a lot of the same experiences and then maybe in some of the most superficial ways, we had slightly different experiences,” said Badgley. “That whole keys to the city thing, I felt like — it’s so silly because I’m not, it’s not a sensitive topic, but at the time it was — I did not feel, I still felt like I didn’t know how to get into the club … literally the clubs.”

He added: “I didn’t go out as much as the rest of the crew and I often felt uncomfortable because I didn’t feel like I was as easily able to get in.”


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Meanwhile, Crawford admitted that he initially struggled when the show was ended its six-season run in 2012.

“We were all, you and all of us included, trying to find our way,” Crawford said. “It was intense, man. It was a lot. And then after, when it all sort of ends, I kind of describe it like an athlete or a quarterback or someone getting injured or ending their career like instantly, and your identity is just kind of pulled out, the rug’s pulled out from under you…





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