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Penn Badgley Almost Didn't Play Gossip Girl's Dan Humphrey

Penn Badgley Almost Didn't Play Gossip Girl's Dan Humphrey

Can you imagine Gossip Girl without Penn Badgley as Lonely Boy Dan Humphrey?

Well, he almost wasn’t. The You actor’s role was almost filled by Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Alden Ehrenreich instead!

“Before Penn was involved, I desperately wanted Alden Ehrenreich to play Dan,” casting director David Rapaport revealed in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

It came down to height – Alden was apparently too short to star alongside Blake Lively‘s Serena van der Woodsen.

David was sure about Blake playing Serena, though: “They were looking for someone who was casually cool, effortlessly chic, and—as a performer—was able to access their feelings. I was looking for this perfect person that would deliver on every level. I did not have another choice. I knew in my heart there was no one else.”

Gossip Girl is now streaming on Netflix!

XOXO.

Shay Mitchell is a Beauty in Black at 'You' Series Premiere

Shay Mitchell is a Beauty in Black at 'You' Series Premiere

Shay Mitchell goes glam for the premiere of her new series You!

The Pretty Little Liars star hit the red carpet at the event, hosted by Lifetime, on Thursday (September 6) in New York City.

She was joined by her co-stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Nicole Kang, Kathryn Gallagher, Daniel Cosgrove, Gianni Ciardiello, Ambyr Childers, Mercedes Griffeth, and Lou Taylor Pucci.

Katie Holmes was also there to show her support.

In You, a clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. Don’t miss it when it premieres on September 9 on Lifetime! (Watch the trailer here.)

FYI: Shay is wearing Georges Chakra couture.

Also pictured inside: The cast at a screening of You on Wednesday in New York City.

55+ pictures inside of Shay Mitchell and more at the premiere… More Here! »

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Shay Mitchell's New Show 'You' Is Already Renewed for Season 2!

Shay Mitchell's New Show 'You' Is Already Renewed for Season 2!

Shay Mitchell is joined by the cast of her new show You while speaking to the press at a panel on Thursday (July 26) in Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old former Pretty Little Liars actress was joined by her co-stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, and John Stamos while opening up about the upcoming show.

The series doesn’t premiere until September 9, but Lifetime has already confirmed that a second season has been ordered.

You, which also stars Kathryn Gallagher and Hari Nef, will air as a Netflix original outside of the United States.

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Shay Mitchell Promotes 'You' at Upfront Event with Elizabeth Lail!

Shay Mitchell Promotes 'You' at Upfront Event with Elizabeth Lail!

Shay Mitchell will make her return to television later this year in a new Lifetime series called You and she’s already promoting the show!

The 30-year-old former Pretty Little Liars actress was joined by co-stars Elizabeth Lail, Penn Badgley, and John Stamos at the 2018 A+E Networks Upfront on Thursday (March 15) in New York City.

You, set to premiere on September 9, is a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

The show is the latest series from Greg Berlanti!

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Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley Looks So Different!

Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley Looks So Different!