Penn Badgley is an actor known for his roles in TV shows like “Gossip Girl” and “You.” While he is an accomplished actor in his own right, it’s unclear whether he ever expressed a desire to play a role in “Breaking Bad,” the acclaimed AMC drama series about a high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin.
There have been no direct quotes or interviews where Badgley has specifically stated that he thought a role in “Breaking Bad” was the one that got away. It’s possible that this is a misattributed or fabricated statement.
That said, it’s not uncommon for actors to have regrets about roles they didn’t get, particularly when those roles go on to become iconic or critically acclaimed. Given the massive popularity of “Breaking Bad” and the caliber of the show’s writing and performances, it’s easy to see why any actor might regret missing out on a chance to be a part of such a groundbreaking series.
However, without any direct quotes or statements from Badgley about the matter, it’s difficult to say for certain whether he ever felt this way about “Breaking Bad.”
Penn Badgley may have been making waves again in the industry as the TV series You continues to be phenomenal, but the actor revealed his deep regrets after not bagging a Breaking Bad role years ago. Badgley confessed that he was in the running to star as Jesse Pinkman along with Aaron Paul.
The actor might have been still able to find success in Hollywood if he hasn’t starred on CW’s drama series Gossip Girl since he was almost cast in Breaking Bad. Buzzfeed held a puppy interview featuring Penn Badgley and when they asked him what role did he auditioned for but didn’t get, he answered as reported by Indiewire, “One I got so close on was Breaking Bad. It was between me and Aaron Paul. We tested. And actually that was the best television script I’d read, at that point. That was the one that got away.”
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His role for Gossip Girl might have gotten in the way as the airing of the two series was so close apart. Penn Badgley booked the lead role on Gossip Girl that debuted in September 2007, then months later, Breaking Bad then premiered in January 2008. Badgley’s Gossip Girl co-star Chace Crawford revealed that while the actor was really eager to earn the spot in Breaking Badthe role for Dan Humphrey was just handed over to him without even auditioning for the role.
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Even Aaron Paul Thought Penn Badgley Will Land Jesse Pinkman
Aaron Paul ultimately landed the role of Jesse Pinkman and has earned multiple awards from it including three Primetime Emmy Awards in the category Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for years 2010, 2012, 2014. Suffice to say, the role made his career in Hollywood.
Aaron Paul admitted that he thought Penn Badgley would get the role since he was looking the part during the screen testing. Paul told Entertainment Weekly “Right when he walked in, I was like, ‘Oh my God, that guy looks like a meth addict. In a good way! He was just in the role. I was like, ‘This guy is going to steal it from me. But after the test, it took about two weeks to finally let me know”
Thankfully, things worked well for both Aaron Paul and Penn Badgley as they both landed roles that made them a household name in the industry.