Penn Badgley Channels Joe Goldberg in Hilarious TikTok


| LAST UPDATE 10/25/2022

By Rylee Wise
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Penn Badgley made his TikTok debut, and we cannot get enough! The You star decided to give us all the warmest of welcomes to his double life as Joe Goldberg and Penn Badgley while partaking in the Anti-Hero challenge. Badgley joined the popular platform just yesterday and already has over 45,000 followers and 2 hilarious videos. So what exactly is the #antihero challenge, and what made our favorite brooding serial killer get involved in the trend?

Following the release of Taylor Swift's latest album, Midnights, Swifties everywhere have been obsessively listening to the 13-song soundtrack, and of course, TikTok has picked up on a trend or two in honor of her tenth studio album. One of the most popular songs from the album, Anti-Hero, was released with an accompanying music video, which resulted in the #antihero challenge. The video shows Swift talking to herself in different forms, saying, "It's me, hi, I'm the problem, it's me," and that's when the "I'm the Problem" trend was born. TikTok creators who have hopped onto this trend are typically mouthing the lyrics doing whatever their "problem" is, resulting in the #antihero challenge.

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So, how did Badgley get involved in said trend? Well, the former Gossip Girl star decided to embrace his new persona as Joe Goldberg from You, as he lip-synced the lyrics from Anti-Hero, embracing the trend. In the short TikTok video, Badgley runs through his apartment to answer the front door, only to find himself dressed as Joe Goldberg (baseball cap and all) on the other side. "It's me," Joe tells Penn, who then tells Joe, "Hi?" Joe then points to himself, saying, "I'm the problem, it's me." If a challenge was created for anyone ever, it's Joe Goldberg.

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Fans couldn't get enough of the hilarious clip, writing, "Joe, realizing he is the problem," while another user deemed Penn as "winning this trend." Taylor Swift herself even dropped an "OMG!!!" in the comments with a heart-eyed smiley face, giving him the ultimate approval! So folks, stay tuned for more Badgley TikTok content - and get ready for season four of You, hitting Netflix in February of next year!

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