NEW YORK — Maybe one day, fans will get to hear a “Gossip Girl” stars compilation album. From Leighton Meester’s electro-pop music to Ed Westwick’s and Taylor Momsen’s rock stylings, the CW show is churning out quite the catalog of actors-turned-musicians. And it looks like Penn Badgley may be the next star to try his hand at a music career — though he says it may be a while before he begins.
“Years from now, maybe you’ll see something, but for the moment, it’s something that I don’t [want to do],” the actor otherwise known as Dan Humphrey told MTV News.
With girlfriend Blake Lively in tow on the red carpet at a Burberry party on Thursday night, Badgley talked about his love of music and why he wants to keep his talents all to himself. “I mean music is my first passion, but because of that I don’t really want to just take a first step in the wrong direction,” he said. “At the moment, I just want to be sensible about what I do. I just write and I play, and that’s all I need for myself right now.”
Badgley’s “Gossip Girl” co-stars haven’t been as reluctant to pursue their music careers. Momsen recently told MTV News that rock and roll “feeds my soul,” and Meester has worked with Cobra Starship for a recent single. So what exactly does the actor think about his peers’ music? Badgley said he listened to Ed Westwick’s band the Filthy Youth back when they started filming the show. And though he admitted that he hasn’t heard Meester’s or Momsen’s songs yet, he thinks they’ll do just fine in the music industry.
“I haven’t heard any of Taylor’s stuff, but apparently it’s pretty decent,” he said of his onscreen little sister. “I wish them the best with it. I think it’s awesome that they’re doing that.”
As for Chace Crawford’s newly acquired starring role in the “Footloose” remake, Badgley said his co-star will have no problem shifting from blue-blooded “GG” good guy Nate Archibald to dancing bad boy Ren McCormack.
“I think he’s going to be footloose and fancy free,” Badgley laughed. “It’ll be great.” (click the link up top for a video too!)