Penn Badgley calls dating Blake Lively 'a learning experience'
Onetime couple and "Gossip Girl" co-stars Penn Badgley and Blake Lively have moved on from the show and one another, but as 26-year-old Badgley explains in the new issue of Elle, both the relationship and the CW hit taught him something. "We were very much caught up in the show, which itself was a six-year endurance test. Our relationship was a part of that and helped us through it. I mean, like anything valuable, it was good and it was bad and it was a learning experience," he says.
The actor's current relationship with Zoe Kravitz has its ups and downs as well, some of which are fueled by his profession, which comes with its own set of oddities. Badgley believes that when in doubt, "honesty is the best policy," explaining: "There are always a lot of arguments — but even if honesty starts some, it avoids bigger ones."
"As an actor being in a relationship you have this opportunity to have something really exceptional, because you don't have a regimented schedule or lifestyle. But then it can also be very warped. You have on-camera romances, which ordinarily I don't have a problem with. There are complications being an object of attention. I've found it's a double-edged sword. But I'm happy to wield it."