Penn Badgley has a theory as to why so many people crush on Joe Goldberg

Penn Badgley has a theory as to why so many people crush on Joe Goldberg

It's fair to say that the second season of You - a psychological thriller drama focusing on an obsessive stalker - was hotly anticipated by TV fans, and when it dropped on Netflix last week it definitely didn't disappoint.

The show tells the story of seemingly-normal bookstore manager of Joe Goldberg a who meets a graduate student and aspiring writer named Beck. Joe falls passionately in love with Beck and soon enters into a relationship with her.

But as he becomes increasingly obsessed with her, the unhinged Joe goes to disturbing lengths to keep her, even resorting to violence, coercion, and psychopathic manipulation.

Despite this, this hasn't stopped the character of Joe (played by actor Penn Badgley) from accruing a very large and fairly thirsty fanbase, who seem to all harbor a burning attraction to Joe despite his disturbing and unethical actions.

However, in a recent interview with Instyle, Badgley revealed his own personal feelings on why he thinks people are so drawn to his character.

Take a look at the trailer for the second season of You below: 

Badgley stated: "The way that we capture things on camera is a bit surreal. It’s made to be compelling in a way that may not be exactly like real life. In a way, everyone is always being toyed with."

He continued: "There are times where Joe is so impossibly sympathetic and even honest and brave. Sometimes he’s the exact perfect balance between chivalrous and allowing his partner to be autonomous and empowered."

He added: "He’s actually in some ways made to be the perfect guy that does this really - to even say it’s terrible is kind of an understatement - thing."

If you're a fan of the show and you're planning on giving it a rewatch sometime in the near future, then why not check out this article we penned on the seven easter eggs in the second season that you might have missed the first time.