Penn Badgley on His Relationship With Blake Lively: ‘It Was a Learning Experience’
Although they dated for more than two years while co-starring on "Gossip Girl," the one-time power couple of The CW went their separate ways … and never looked back.
In a new interview with Elle, Badgley was asked what lessons he learned from his relationship with Lively, who went on to marry another Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Reynolds, last September -- less than two years after their 2010 split and while they were still working together on the final season of "Gossip Girl."
"I don’t know if I can distill it into a sentence, or even articulate it," the 26-year-old told the magazine. "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."
Asked whether working with Lively after she married Reynolds in a lavish ceremony in South Carolina last September was difficult, Badgley would only offer, "No, we were ultimately professional."
Badgley with Blake Lively in 2009 (Getty Images)
Professional, but not friendly. As in, he didn't purchase the happy newlyweds a new coffeemaker, fine china -- or any other wedding gift.
But make no mistake, it's not like the floppy-haired star, who is currently on the big screen playing the late musician Jeff Buckley in "Greetings From Tim Buckley," is still hung up on Lively. He's been dating actress-model Zoë Kravitz, 24, since 2011 -- although it's often from afar.
"There’s definitely no secret," he said about often being in a long-distance relationship because of their careers. (Last year, she was in Africa for six months filming "Mad Max: Fury Road.") "I’d say honesty is always the best policy."
Honesty and ... not being afraid to fight.
"There are always a lot of arguments," he allowed, "but even if honesty starts some, it avoids bigger ones."