AceShowbiz - Penn Badgley says faking masturbation on camera is more awkward than filming sex scenes. The "Gossip Girl" alum has opened up about some of the more explicit moments he shot for the hit Netflix series "You" and admitted having to simulate solo sex acts in front of a camera crew was more daunting than filming with another person.
The 35-year-old made the honest confession on his "Podcrushed" podcast. "I have to fake masturbate and even that," he explained. "I've realized I've not done that so many times on camera."
"You don't think it's going to be that big of a deal and then you discover it's in front of a camera and a crew with a camera on your face," he continued. "I have to say sometimes those scenes are harder than with (another) person."
On "You", Penn plays serial stalker Joe Goldberg who turns to murderer and he admitted directors were worried he was making the solo sex act scenes look too "creepy". He added, "Every time I've done a masturbation scene … I've always gotten the note to make it less creepy."
"They say like, 'Close your eyes or go faster or go slower,' " the actor recalled. "I'm like, 'What? This man is f**king murdering people, and he's masturbating in the street. You're saying I'm making it creepy? How is it I'm the one making it creepy?' "
Penn revealed his colleagues thought keeping his eyes open during those scenes was part of the problem. He explained, "I just remember I wouldn't close my eyes and the director came up to me. He was like, 'Buddy, I think you gotta close your eyes.' " However, he was adamant being creepy was "the f**king point" of his character.
Penn has starred in three seasons of the hit show and filming on the fourth series kicked off in London back in March. New episodes are believed to be scheduled to drop on the streaming service in late 2022.