SUPERNATURAL Stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki Talk About the Show

Sam and Dean Winchester looking astounded
Sam and Dean Winchester looking astounded

Our favorite demon-fighting brothers are back!  And The TV Addict put the spotlight on the men of the most talked about show in social media in 2012 (well, isn’t that nice!)  They talk about their characters, challenges, and if they could do a crossover episode with another show:

Are the brothers really tired of kind of being the pawns of heaven at this point?  It seems like every time they turn around, they’re just kind of being bashed around.

JARED:  I know Sam is for sure.
JENSEN:  Yes.  To answer question, yes.
JARED:  Yes.  The short answer is yes, as is made evident by Sam’s kind of willingness to let everything go to hell this season.  I think he certainly feels that he’s done his bit for his country or for whatever.  He’s like I’ve served my time.  I’ve died.  I’ve come back.  I’ve been Lucifer.  I’ve been thrown through the ringer, proverbially and literally, and I’m ready to move on.   So I know Sam feels like there are other people out there who can do it.  However, now the stakes have been raised such that with great power comes great responsibility.  And I think Sam, though he can be reluctant sometimes, I think he, at the end of the day, is one to bite the bullet and do what’s better for everybody.

What do you identify most with about your characters, and what’s the biggest challenge for you?

JENSEN:  I think Dean’s constant drive to want to do good and just to be very black and white.  And I like that.  I like that about him.  Challenging?wise, I’d say just I think, the emotional toll that he has sometimes where he doesn’t think that he is of the value, that he is equal to the people that he surrounds himself.  He’ll put other people first before himself.  He’s very quick to sacrifice himself, and that’s difficult. I think it’s also a noble trade.
JARED:  And I feel like Sam is very pensive and he’s very fastidious when he’s trying to get a task done.  And Jared’s like that.  I always kind of say ?? I read instruction booklets, I really do – when I get something, I can’t buy something and just go like,”Oh, I’ll figure it out.”  I read and reread it and I try and really figure everything out.  And I like that Sam kind of takes that approach.  And I guess before I started acting, I was going to be an engineer, and maybe that’s what it comes from, just that kind of break everything down to put it all back together, reverse engineering or whatever.  However, sometimes I feel like I wish Sam would make a hard decision.
JENSEN:  Cavalier.
JARED:  Yeah, A little more cavalier.  Certainly, sometimes, ?? I mean, there’s a term we use, to “man up” — “man up and get the job done.”  Right now we see some stuff with he and Amelia where you want Sam to make a stand one way or another.  And he ends up making a decision, but I don’t he necessarily makes a stand.  And there’s a small difference, and I wish he’d make a stand sometimes.

Have you researched the supernatural in real life?

JENSEN:  I’ve been told that the majority of the stuff that we do on the show, the tools of the trade, the wording, spells the hexes, the exorcism, those are all actual things taken from research.  So I’m going to go on that and, uh, hope that if I ever do run into something supernatural in real life that I’ve had eight years’ experience to combat it.
JARED:  I think if there are monsters and demons and other things haunting the world right now, maybe they turn on television and they’re like, “Ahh, we’ll leave those guys alone.”
JENSEN:  “Yeah, those guys are good.”
JARED:  “They know what they’re doing.  They’re pretty tough, so …”
JENSEN:  Yeah.  “They might not be a doctor, but they played one on TV.”
JARED:  Yeah.
JENSEN:  You must hear everybody’s supernatural stories, though.
JARED:  Every now and again, sometimes.  The people will come up and be like, “Oh, my gosh.  I saw an episode where this happened and it made me think of this time when I saw this.”  And you’re like: “What did you do?  Get the salt?”  So the fans are pretty funny.  The fans of the show are certainly.  They’re not casual fans.  People, if they know the show, they know the show, which is nice.  It’s wonderful to have such a dedicated audience and a loyal following.  It’s become part of the show and we’ve made episodes about our fans.  So that’s fun, and they certainly share their stories with us.

A lot of your fans have discovered the show getting a whole season at a time up to the beginning, and many more will even long after it’s gone.  What’s your take on this new way that people are experiencing shows and your show and whether you guys do it as well with other shows?

JARED:  I think it’s wonderful.  I have to.  That’s the only way it’s possible for me to see a show, and for him as well.
JENSEN:  Yeah.
JARED:  Because we can’t sit down every Wednesday at 6 o’clock in front of a television, or every Friday at 5 p.m. to watch a show.  We have to catch it on DVD.
JENSEN:  If we had a normal work schedule, we would.
JARED:  Sure.
JENSEN:  But we’re starting work at 7 a.m. on Monday and then finishing work — like we finished at 4:30 this morning in a different country.
JARED:  Yeah.  That’s right.  That’s right.  I think it’s wonderful.  I think accessibility.  I mean, the fact that if you have access to the Internet, you can watch the show is outstanding.  And for so long, CW couldn’t necessarily be on every single network or every single outlet in the U.S., or certainly not all over the world.  But now with that accessibility, more people can see the story that we’re telling and take part.

If you were to do a cross-over, which show would you want it to be with?

JARED:  I think it would be fun.  Right now, obviously THE VAMPIRE DIARIES or ARROW.  I mean, ARROW obviously. He thinks he’s doing right for the city, but the Winchester boys might think opposite.  Then obviously, we’ve been hunting our share of vampires.  Obviously they couldn’t kill us, and we couldn’t kill them. That would be unfortunate, right? But it would be fun to have a run at it.

To read the full Q&A, go to the TV addict.

By Kait

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