Chris D’Elia’s ‘You’ co-star Penn Badgley: Producers ensured Jenna Ortega felt safe

Chris D’Elia, 40, and Jenna Ortega, 17, shared scenes in the Netflix series “You. He played Joshua “Henderson” Bunter, a famous stand-up comedian in Los Angeles while she plays Ellie Alves, a teenager who has a passion for film.

A child molester, Henderson drugged Ellie in “You” Season 2 episode 4 titled “The Good, the Bad and the Hendy,” which was written by Justin W. Lo and directed by DeMane Davis. Because of this, D’Elia’s character was killed by Joe Goldberg, the lead male role character played by Penn Badgley, 33.

A woman named Simone Rossi, 22, found this ironic. On June 17, 2020, she took to Twitter to reveal that D’Elia made advances toward her in 2014 and 2015 when he was 34 years old while she was only 16.


More accusations from other women followed after Rossi’s tweet went viral. D’Elia denied the allegations in a statement People saying, “All of my relationships have been both legal and consensual and I have never met or exchanged any inappropriate photos with the people who have tweeted about me.”

In an interview on June 22, 2020 for an upcoming episode of the Los Angeles Times television podcast “Can’t Stop Watching,” Badgley said he was troubled and was deeply affected by the controversy although he does not know D’Elia. Also, Badgley revealed that “You” producers made sure that Ortega felt safe.

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“The first thing our producers did was reach out to Jenna, who played Ellie, the girl opposite Chris in those scenes, just to make sure she felt safe,” Badgley shared. “We can feel safe and sound there.

“So, as far as our show is concerned, as far as we’re concerned, there’s only so much we can take responsibility for and I say ‘we’ pretty broadly because we’re all doing different things,” Badgley continued. “I’m, at the end of the day, an actor and I don’t have a lot to do with a lot of this stuff but I do think, in the future, I would like that to change personally.”

“You” Season 2 premiered on Netflix on December 26, 2019. Joining Badgley and Ortega in the main cast are Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Ambyr Childers and Carmela Zumbado while D’Elia’s fellow recurring cast members are Adwin Brown, Robin Lord Taylor, Marielle Scott, Charlie Barnett, Melanie Field, Aidan Wallace, Magda Apanowicz, Danny Vasquez and Saffron Burrows.

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