Penn Badgley has given fans a rare glimpse into his life with his two-year-old son James.
The You star has recently appeared The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonwhere he provided an update on how fatherhood has treated him since welcoming his son to wife Domino Kirke in 2020.
“Well, you know he’s a pandemic baby,” Badgley Fallon said on Tuesday. “Anyone who has children is a joy, it’s huge – I mean, it’s wild. It is beautiful. Excellent. It’s a challenge. Greetings to all parents. To continue! Keep it up, it will get better.”
When asked if his toddler knows his father plays serial killer Joe Goldberg on the Netflix series YouBadgley explained that James is not fully aware of his psychopath, but he has seen his dad on screen before.
“We’ll have to give it to him,” he replied jokingly.
“There was a day recently where I did something really cute with him, you know, like on my lap,” added Badgley. “And then I sat on the remote and … I just went straight to Netflix on the TV and my face was on the TV screen. He was like, “Daddy!”
“I started racing because the next thing he was going to see was something really crazy.”
Badgley and his wife Kirke, who works as a doula, have been together since 2014. In 2017, they married in a New York courthouse and welcomed their first child two years later, after Kirke suffered two miscarriages. He also has a 13-year-old son, Cassius Riley, with former partner and musician Morgan O’Kane.
Though gossip Girl The graduate tends to keep details about his personal life a secret, Badgley revealed in an interview with Access to Hollywood last month that his two-year-old son “talks a lot.”
“He says ‘you’ instead of ‘I’. For example, instead of saying “I’m hungry” or “I’m done,” it will say “Are you done?” And I’m like, “Is everything ready?” And he will say: “Yes!” It’s very funny.”
The easy a The actor has also been open about how his past health struggles have affected the way he views his son, James. Badgley, who was born two months premature, told the air Hypocondri Actor podcast with Will and Grace actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali that he had to be resuscitated by his mother “several times a day” in his first year of life.
Through his wife’s career, Badgley “learned a lot” about prenatal and postnatal conditions. Looking at their two-year-old son, Badgley said concerns over his childhood health may have affected him more than he previously thought.
“If my son, whom I now know so well, was jerking off several times a day in the first year of his life, the idea that it wouldn’t affect him is absurd,” he said. “Thinking about my little one now, I realize it really affected me. It affected my sense of what life is like and what it isn’t.”