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article imageFrom undead to undies, it's all Supernatural for Jared Padalecki Special

By Earl Dittman     Sep 5, 2009 in Entertainment
With Season 5 of the brilliant paranormal series premiering this week, fans can relive the war to stop Lucifer & the Apocalypse on Season 4's BD/DVD. Plus, the Supernatural hunk reveals his fear of bears, his undies collection and remaking slasher flicks.
Before Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester jump into their ’67 Chevy Impala on September 10 for Season Five of Supernatural (on the CW Network), you can once again experience all of their life and death struggles with demons, angels, ghosts, fallen angels, shape shifters, God's own smite-loving winged warriors and every scary. evil entity known (and unknown) to man in the just-released Blu-ray and DVD editions of Supernatural: The Compete Fourth Season. In particular, you don't want to miss the shocking, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat season finale in which Sam vanquishes Lillith and Ruby and inadvertently sets Lucifer free from his overheated, sizzling confines of Hotel Hell.
Now, for those of you non-believers who have been missing out on the best, most witty, clever and addictive paranormal/sci-fi/action series on television (having taken over the throne once occupied by The X-Files and its agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully), you’ll want to prepare for the Winchester Brothers' next round of dark and mysterious forays into the unknown (starting Thursday) by picking up the incredible Season Four video collection (which, on Blu-ray, is an out-of-body experience in itself).
In the tradition of flawlessly interweaving character dramas and elements of the supernatural (like such hits as Smallville), Supernatural takes viewers on a terrifying (and darkly comedic) journey into the dark world of the unexplained. Bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous, otherworldly mission, the two Winchester Brothers travel from the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest to the Nebraska farmlands to practically every isolated, small town across the U.S. -- encountering creatures that most people believe only exist in folklore, superstition and nightmares and destroying the evil beings before they can kill another human being.
For the ruggedly handsome, San Antonio, Texas-born, Jared Padelecki, his role as Sam Winchester has not only turned him into an overnight Hollywood sensation, but it has transformed the affable and charismatic actor into a bonafide Man's Man and a full-fledged sex symbol. An obviously talented leading man, when Padaelcki isn’t filming Supernatural in Vancouver, B.C. for ten months out of the year, he’s busy building up an impressive film resumé for himself with recent roles in the Friday The 13th and House Of Wax remakes. During a recent one-on-one chat, a roundtable talk and a mini-press conference, the actor behind Sam Winchester discussed his dueling slasher movies with buddy/costar Jensen Ackles, his off-screen friendship with his onscreen sibling, openly confessed about the type of undergarments his more devoted female fans offer him, revealed his own superstitions, his thoughts about the paranormal, his opinion about big screen remakes and what Sam might be up to in Season Five.
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester on Supernatural
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester on Supernatural
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Season Four ended with a real shocking cliffhanger. Did that give the producers of the show any kind of leverage with the network when they were initially deciding on whether to bring Supernatural back for Season Five?“Kind of, kind of, but I think one of the blessings of the show, for those who haven’t seen it, is that our creator Eric Kripke really hates the normal TV process. He hates like, 'Shall we kill everybody on the show?' it’s like I've died, he's just like, 'Oh they loved that, let’s kill him.' Like he doesn’t just go like, 'Oh what's going to happen?' Answer – 'Oh this is going to happen, but what does that mean?' He’ll answer questions. He’ll go like, 'Hey, why don’t we make something happen, kill somebody, you know?' He don’t just keep on going for the same… He didn’t want it to be a thirty episode, I mean, thirty-season show. You know, we’re not making it small, though. We're not making like Bonanza where they could just go for fifty years and be good. He’s like, 'Listen, let’s tell a good story. I don’t care about if I’m supposed to cliffhanger or not.' Like, 'If you've been cancelled, you're all going to die. It’s like let’s put some finality to this.’ But we’re back for another year, and I’m happy about it.”
Earlier this year, Jensen (Ackles) was in the My Bloody Valentine remake and you were in the Friday The 13th film series reboot. What was it like for the two of you to have dueling slasher movies?“When we first thought that we both had movies coming out on February 13th, and his movie was obviously called, thank you, My Bloody Valentine, we were like, ‘Oh man, I hope we don’t go up against each other.’ Because we’re buddies and not like it could really affect anything but it’s like, you know, I didn’t even want the stigma. But luckily, it changed. His came out and did tremendously, and then it was my turn and it did great, too.”
Jensen didn’t tease you with the fact that his movie was better because it was in 3D, did he?“No. (laughs) We actually went and saw it the opening night. We actually, bizarrely for one of the rare times of the year, we each had the day off and his girlfriend was in town. Curtis Smith, who’s in the movie, too, was in town. So, we actually snuck into a theater, put the little glasses on, and later on, we were like, 'You know what? I bet people thought these glasses are amazing.' So, it’s a real fun movie, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s a lot of fun so get the DVD. I can’t believe I'm giving him a shameless plug.” (laughs)
Did the two of you go and see Friday The 13th together, too?“Not together, because I was always working. Every time they had a screening it was like, 'Oh I have this to do.' I’d be like, 'Hey, are you coming to the party tonight?' And it’s like, 'Well it’s Thursday. I’ll probably be working till 3:00a.m.,' in Vancouver. But he finally saw it and told me he loved it.”
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles on Supernatural
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles on Supernatural
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The two of you are like brothers in real life, but professionally, what it's like working with an actor like Jensen Ackles? “It's great. He loves the work. I love that he loves it. He takes it very seriously, and he will pick me up when I'm down, and I'll do the same for him. Like if we both have had hard days and hard times and, you know, something is going on in our personal life or whatever, we've had bad sleep and we'll have to kind of pick each other up, ‘Like, Dude, come on. Get with it.’ He and I both take it seriously. He's obviously a talented actor and we find ourselves — I find myself saying to him sometimes ‘Dude, you're faking it.’ And he'll say the same thing to me. ‘Hey, you're bored with the scene. Quit being bored with the scene.’ I sort of work better with that like tough love more than ‘Hey. Remember this is a character.’ Like someone needs to say sometimes, ‘Hey, buck up. I know we've done this scene forty times, but we're going to do it fifteen more, so let's not — this last fifteen more are going to go on camera, so let's not put crap work on film,’ and we'll both be there for each other. We get along great. We just kicked it off for whatever reason.”
Is there anything that really scares you in real life?“Bears. Bears are scary. They can climb trees. They can bite. They can scratch. I think bears are what I'm scared of. They are godless killing machines.” (laughs)
Have you ever had any supernatural experiences?“I have not. And I wish the more I hear the question, the more I wish I had, but nothing that I've decided is supernatural. Maybe I have, but maybe I just tried to explain it to myself that it wasn't. But I guess I believe. I had a funny experience a couple years ago. When we wrapped shooting for nine months, I went down to Texas to visit my family, and I was sitting there with my mom and my dad and we were watching the Season One’s season finale, and all of a sudden the lamp on the table started flickering. I looked over and I was like ‘The demon.’ I said it out loud and I was like, ‘Man, this is in my blood.’ Of course, it's just a light bulb that needed to get changed or something.” (laughs)
Are you a superstitious kind of guy? “Yeah. A little bit. I find myself when I get on planes or going under a yellow light, I kiss my finger and touch the ceiling. I don't know what that is? I think I saw someone do it one time and now I have to do it. Like getting on a plane, if I have luggage, I'll put it down and kiss the door when I walk in.”
Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki on Supernatural
Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki on Supernatural
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In front of people?“Yeah. I've had some weird looks sometimes, because I'm a pretty big guy and so the flight attendants will see me in and they're kind of like ‘Hi,’ and I'll stop and go like kiss the door and they're all, ‘Okay. Like I hope — like I guess that's just good luck or something.’ But other than that, not like black cats or anything like that. I don't walk under ladders. I'll find myself just walking around them.”
Do you have a lot of wild, crazy, stalker like female fans? Have you had any strange experiences like women sending their panties to you in the mail?“I've gotten like bras thrown at me and stuff like that, which was kind of fun.” (laughs)
When you are just walking down the street they'd throw them at you?“No. (laughs) One year, we did MuchMusic in Toronto and we had underwear pieces thrown at us. I've gotten like pairs of underwear. I don't think I've gotten like girls giving me their panties, but sending me underwear like they want me to wear it. Maybe I'll give it to my buddy or something in case they put something in it. For the most part, I guess the nature of the show, it's just pretty flattering when fans will come up. They'll say very sweet things like they're fans of the show. I've gotten some kooky things. It depends where you are, too. Like if it's just little high school girls, they just want to take a picture, have you sign something so that they can tell their friends. But if you're at a bar and it's like some girl who wants in your pants, you know, because they think you have money or something and they're kind of more up front with it.”
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester on Supernatural
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester on Supernatural
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What have you learned about yourself from doing Supernatural all these years?“Oh. That I really like to sleep. (laughs) That's the first thing that comes to mind because that's what I'm most deprived of and I found myself — I remember I used to watch my father or something just like go to sleep watching television and I'm like ‘How can you sleep? It's not even dark in here.’ And I could go to sleep right now, here right. Like if you all just started making thunderstorm sounds or something. No. I mean that's sort of a cheesy answer. There's been a lot of self-discovery just both through playing the role and through sort of the nature of the show we shoot. We're in another country (Canada) and living in a hotel. I'm sort of living life like Sam right now. I don't really know what's coming up in the next week or two and living in a place I'm unfamiliar with and away from my friends and family. And you learn a lot about yourself just because you don't have your normal vices so readily available and you're working so hard. I've actually learned pleasantly that I'm capable of working a lot harder than I thought I was because we're working crazy hours and doing crazy, crazy things. So I found that I am up for it, so that's good.”
With remakes of Friday The 13th and House Of Wax under your belt, do you want to do more horror movies?“I’d love to. Horror films have been good to me, and I’ve been really excited about shooting them. Like I said, I’m a fan of the genre. But I don’t necessarily look for just horror films. If a script comes my way, I certainly wouldn’t shy away from a horror film — if I enjoyed it."
Since you and Jensen re-did classic slasher movies, how do you feel about remakes in general?“I guess it’s like my feelings about how songs are remade. Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ is a remake, and now that’s like the iconic version. The I Am Sam soundtrack, it’s a bunch of remade Beatles songs. I’m very into remakes. And I’m very into different artists' depiction of different stories, or ideas or songs, and putting their own spin. And as an actor, every movie I watch, I watch it going, 'How would I have done this? How would I have done that? I got the chance with Friday The 13th. But I think it would have been different for me if it was a line by line, shot by shot remake. I know there are plenty of remakes and sometimes there are people that think it’s the very first movie, but it’s actually a remake. And they go, ‘Oh, I didn’t realize that was a remake.’ They say Star Wars was a kind of strange remake of The Seven Samurai. But I support the idea of remakes, and I like seeing different artists' spin on different stories. Yeah, I’m a fan of remakes. Obviously, you’re going to have devout fans that will need to be respected, and will say stay true to the original. But we were not in any way, shape, or form trying to degrade or insult, or replace the original. We were just retelling the story, we’re told the story and retelling it in a different way.”
What are some of the things we can expect from Sam in Season Five?“It’s been clear to me that Sam’s going to go darker, so to what end, I’m not sure.”
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Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray/DVD. Bonus Features: Three featurettes on “The Mythologies of Supernatural: From Heaven to Hell: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell," audio commentary on three key episodes by Eric Kripke, executive producers and writers, extended/unaired scenes and a gag reel
Supernatural: Season Five premieres Thursday September 10. Airs every Thursday at 9:00/8:00p.m. (EST/CST).
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