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Ten Reasons to Drool Over Jared Padalecki

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Oh, Jared, Jared, I have to confess I was a little slower to warm up to you than your co-star, but you have long since won me over.

Like Jensen, there are a lot of things we fans . . . appreciate about Jared Tristan Padalecki. This article is a tongue-in-cheek look at a few of them.

So, who the heck is this guy? For those who aren't sure, Jared Padalecki is best known as one of the stars of the CW's cult hit Supernatural, where he plays Sam, the younger of the two ghost-busting Winchester brothers.

He has also appeared in a recurring role as Dean Forrester on Gilmore Girls and in several movies, including House of Wax and Cry Wolf.

But enough of that. On to the ten reasons to drool over Jared Padalecki.

1. His Smile Lights Up a Room

Yeah, yeah, I know it's a corny thing to say, but sometimes it's true, and this is one of those times.

I occasionally wonder if it would be as true if I hadn't learned of Jared's existence from his role on Supernatural. Sam Winchester doesn't really get to smile that often, so when he does, it really is like the sun coming out from behind clouds.

After much difficult and painful *coughs* research, however, I've concluded that the same thing is true of Jared in real life. I've seen my share of pictures, posed and candid, and watched my share of episodes, interviews, and grainy cell videos from cons and other places, and the sunlight effect is just a natural gift of Jared's that carries over into his portrayal of Sam.

2. He's a Goofball

Jared's famous for his practical jokes on the set of Supernatural, and he's not afraid to make fun of himself either.

We like that in a guy.

3. He's a Manbeast

Even Sandra McCoy, his long-time girlfriend, once joked, "He's so tall, it's hard not to think he's confident. All he has to do is stand, and you think 'Good God, this man is a beast, and he could kill me.'"

Jared is at least 6'4" and correspondingly broad, especially in recent years. In fact, it's kind of fun watching his evolution over the years from this:

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Jared with Sadie and Harley

Jared with Sadie and Harley

4. He's a Dog Person

Jared's two rescue dogs, Sadie and Harley, are almost as famous among his fans as he is. He bought a house in Vancouver (where Supernatural was filmed) in order to give them a yard and talks about them often in interviews. He famously prepared for a crying scene on Supernatural by thinking about how horrible it would be if something happened to his dogs.

He has also participated in PETA's "If you wouldn't wear dog..." anti-fur ad campaign.

5. He's Mastered the Art of Puppy-Dog Eyes

Not only does he love dogs, but he also apparently takes inspiration from them onscreen. Dean can't resist Sam's puppy dog eyes, and neither can we.

(Thanks to Refur's hilarious picspams on this subject for assistance finding good caps.)

In fact, it's safe to say that the only expression MORE famous among fans than Sam's Puppy Dog Eyes of Doom is his spectacular Bitchface.

6. He's Got Brains

Most Jared fans know that his character, Sam Winchester, is a smartypants. Not only did he get a full ride to Stanford and an LSAT of 174, but he is also, in his brother Dean's famous phrase, "a walking encyclopedia of weirdness" who knows a little bit about a lot of things. In fact, a lot about a lot of things.

But Sam isn't the only smart person who looks like Jared Padalecki. Jared himself is the son of a high school English teacher. He likes to sit in on his mom's classes and geeks out about Joseph Campbell and literary archetypes in Supernatural. He is also, by all accounts, an excellent chess player and, in high school, he won the National Forensic League national championship in Duo Interpretation with his partner Chris Cardenas.

7. He Makes Baseballs Look Like Golf Balls

Okay, maybe not literally. But close enough! Jared has beautiful, long-fingered hands of the sort that make you wonder what hands like that can do. If you get my drift. They'd be really excellent for piano playing, for example . . .

8. He Gets Sweaty and Nervous Just Like the Rest of Us

In fact, it's become almost a running joke at conventions—especially when he playfully wipes his face on Jensen's shirt!

Of course, we fans might like it even better when he uses his own shirt to fan himself. ~coughs~


9. Gratuitous Towel Scene, Need I Say More?

We also really enjoyed the scene in Heart and really, really appreciate the effort he put in to prepare . . .

10. He Can Actually Act

But all gratuitous shirtlessness aside, the nice thing is, he can actually act. I have to confess, I was initially less impressed by Jared's skills in that department than Jensen's, but to his credit, Jared worked very hard to improve, and if you compare early season one of Supernatural with later episodes, it's already obvious how far he came.

By season two, all doubts were removed. In the second episode, "Everybody Loves a Clown," he did, in my opinion, his best work on the show to that point in a difficult and emotional scene that closed the episode.

Later in the season, he demonstrated great prowess as a physical actor in the episode "Born Under a Bad Sign." His character, Sam, was possessed by a demon known as Meg, who had been played in earlier episodes by an actress named Nicki Aycox. Jared not only nailed Nicki's mannerisms and speech patterns as Meg, but he also changed his whole way of moving.

Jared portrays Sam Winchester as a large man who is not always comfortable in his size and usually tries to look smaller by slouching and other minimizing postures. His portrayal of Meg, in contrast, was that of a creature that's been trapped too long in the body of a diminutive woman and is reveling in the stature and strength of her new "meat suit."

Meg used "her" new body as a lethal weapon, yet at the same time moved with a distinctly feminine swing to her hips. It was a virtuoso performance, probably Jared's best single episode to date.

In the season three episode "Bad Day at Black Rock," Jared also revealed a (not particularly surprising) gift for physical comedy. The episode made good use of background events in scenes, and an instant fan favorite featured Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the foreground, talking to friend and mentor Bobby Singer on the phone, while in the background, Sam, who has been cursed with bad luck after losing an enchanted rabbit's foot, steps on a huge wad of bubblegum, tries to scrape it off on a street grate, and proceeds to lose his shoe down the sewer. Jared's delivery of the famous "I lost my shoe" line is classic.

With talent like his, we can't wait to watch Jared's career unfold, especially since it lets us enjoy his other assets as well!


TC on January 01, 2020:

I really don't like it when people call this a dark Sam scene - it's NOT Sam! It's a demon. If you're going to compare real Sam to dark Sam, then at least use a comparison when he really WAS Sam, like soul-less Sam or Demon-blood Sam.

amely on October 22, 2019:

I totally love J2 and Dean & Sam all the way, tho I do feel pulled towards Dean/Jensen more just because we have many things in common. And I believe Sam has the hotter body and Dean the hotter (I personally just think it's adorable xd) face, though they are very good looking all around. Ufff I love them both so much

Merlin on July 19, 2019:

Personally, i don't even find Jensen "hot". There is a big difference between hotness and having a good face

Susan on March 22, 2019:

This post is for JARED!

AGAIN Jensen stans are here

M on March 22, 2019:

Jared is HOTTER . He has a great body! It doesnt surprise me Jared was chosen for the hottest man!

Lily on November 22, 2018:

Honest to god, the first time I realized Jared was in any way attractive, my mom walked into the room while we were watching the show. My sister and I were pretty much just swooning over Jensen Ackles, and she saw that. She said, "he's not even that hot, the other ones hotter." Of course, we both scoffed it off, but deep down it started my realization of Jared's hotness. Anyway.

Leann Carrion on January 19, 2018:

Jared Padalecki is my super crush. Has been for several years.

Ana on May 11, 2017:

Jared is so talented.. and his character Sam WOW .. I loved him from the first season.. Jensen is great too.. but I ll always choose Jared over Jensen

Speckled Tiger on December 18, 2016:

I have to say that I do prefer Jared.

While Jensen has the finely chiseled good looks, there is an aristocratic sense to them and a symmetry that is close to perfect. And those teeth, WOW. While handsome, also intimidating. Plus Jensen is much more restrained and appears less emotionally available. Though I will say, this has softened over the last 11+ years.

I think Jared is more attractive due to his openness. He is more of the common man/boy next door while being very handsome, sexy, and yes love his hands and his smile is also very open. It comes through in Sam as well.

While Jensen has a fine acting range, I believe that Jared also has learned to find the additional layers to Sam that Jensen does with Dean.

I think they have both had a profound and beneficial influence on each other both professionally and personally. I don't think Supernatural could have made it at all with a different set of actors. And the Supernatural Fandom/Family would never have begun and flourished without their generosity and the generosity of their families.

Praise to both these guys for the show as well as everything they do and share with us.

That being said, Again, Jared more All-Around Attractive, and he should have won a Peoples Choice Award by now. How he has not, I don't get. {8~O

margo on October 29, 2013:

Well jared is hot but jensen is hotter and dean sex scenes are better! And jensen is a better actor too thats fact

margo on November 16, 2012:

Love jared and jensen they are the best actors ever and the sexiest men too

Fangirl on September 29, 2012:

FANGIRL SQUEAL ASDFHGJFKFAJDKSLAFL!!!!!!!!!! Jared Padalecki is so hot. *dies*

I enjoy these pictures. Oh yes, I enjoy them very much.

j2fan on September 06, 2012:

Life in Limbo---could not agree with you more. I think Dean uses sex to feel loved, I don't think it's to use women. If you notice in S5 E16 Dark Side of the Moon, they get shot and go to Heaven. In one of Deans memories his Mom makes him a sandwich and then asks if he would like pie. I think that is why Dean loves pie so much because it means love to him. Very well written characters and of course great acting.

Sharon on June 24, 2012:

We need more romance from both boys!!

Life In Limbo on June 02, 2012:

I’ve read all the comments for the “10 Reasons to Droll over…” hubs for both Jensen and Jared, and I wanted to address the “who has better sex scenes” debate on the Jared hub, particularly what Embitca wrote. First off, both characters wanted to settle down (Sam with Jessica and Dean with Lisa) so neither one is a commitment phobe. They can’t settle down because whoever they love might get killed. What do you think is Dean’s true motivation for being promiscuous? Is it A: that he’s a pig that believes women are disposable and exist solely for his pleasure, or is it B: that he has a low self-esteem and that he uses sex as a source of validation and affection? Of course, if the reason was B, wouldn’t he pretend it’s A to protect his masculinity? Maybe that’s why his love scenes are more lovey-dovey. Dean is clearly the more vulnerable, more needy of the two brothers (there are examples in the “Defending Your Life” episode and others,) and he acts macho to hide it. Sam is more independent and ambitious (he’s the one who ran off to attend college; plus he has demon blood) which could be why he’s more aggressive in bed. One of my favorite things about the show is that the complexity of the male characters challenges stereotypes (such as the one about “men don’t cry.”) As far as acting ability goes, I think both J’s are equally mind-blowing; the show would suck if one was significantly better than the other. They’re both hot, but I prefer Jensen’s body type over Jared’s…and for my needs, I think Jensen’s sexy mouth and luscious lips trump Jared’s long fingers. I’m surprised the male viewers don’t feel the same way. (ha ha ha!)

patrica on April 02, 2012:

very hot!!! im lucky he is to be so good looking and perfect...while the rest of us ogers work our asses off just to make ends meet...but...of course jared just has to act like someone eles and look good...then get paid big time...we act like some one eles at work and dont get payed nearly as much...also not as good looking...oh well....guess he must have been a saint in his last life

Lashondah on March 30, 2012:

Hey jared my name is lashonda but my family calls me shonda and iam 29 yrs old and I was born in pheonix arizona and I just love your show called supernatural and iam a big fan of yours and I have been watching supernatural ever since it first came out and I just love all the new epsiode every fridays at 9pm on the cw and I was wondering if I could be one of your biggest fans and I hope 2 hear from you soon...)

Anemone C. on March 08, 2012:

It's simply fab! You really made me look deep in him. Not figuratively, though!*wink2* All thanks to you, Hub!!!

I Love Supernatural on January 06, 2012:

This is great. Jared has the best smile I have ever seen. It's so beautiful. And of course it's true that he can act. The famous 'I lost my shoe' line is my favourite quote of Sam/Jared. And those hands are amazing. The picture of Jraed holding the microphone and smiling with his leg up made me melt!

Reg on December 23, 2011:

great post about a person that girls really love! girls will have more information about this guy then. haha

sarah on August 27, 2011:

am love jared from hes 16year hes romantic am my dream his say that lucky

am want man like you my love sarah am22year

sarah hamed from libya

Yajna1 on July 15, 2011:

This was great :)

ashiey on April 02, 2011:

i love jared padalecki so muth

Silver on March 21, 2011:

Jared is just so unbelievably hot. I'm firmly a Sam girl. When I saw the Supernatural episode Bloodlust (That was first time I'd even heard of the show), I didn't even realize that Jensen was good-looking, I was so glued to Jared the first time I saw him! LOL. Well, since then I was addicted. In less than a year, I've seen every episode, bought Supernatural magazines, written Supernatural fanfiction, bought all the seasons, and made plans to (hopefully) go to a convention in August. I've never loved anything that wasn't alive more!

And damn, they both can act.

kbrew on January 22, 2011:

I love this so much! My friend showed me it and im so happy she did. Absolutely my favorite show. Jared is definitely my favorite. But Jensen close behind. Those 2 can really act their asses off.

Jade on January 22, 2011:

Both of them are so fun to watch. Because of their hotness, of course, but also because of how well jared and jenson interact. I'm firmly in the dean camp myself, although watching special features and other things makes me feel more inclined towards jared. Gotta love a goofball. But jenson just does anger so well...i just can't resist the strong and stoic and angry type. Love this hub!

radya on December 13, 2010:

previously a die hard fan of Jensen Ackles, i have since developed a mega crush on Jared Padalecki! Both of them are so hot, i'm crushing on both each time i see a Supernatural episode!

HelloKitty170 on October 31, 2010:

Great hub, big fan of Jared myself. And I prefer him to his co-star Jensen.

Vanessa on October 28, 2010:

I think the thing is that, when you see Dean your like ohmygoshhe'ssohot! because of his goofiness and just he's so much funnier! than sam but then Jensen is like completely different.

He's attractive sure but there's just something missing...I would look at him be like okay pretty freckles, okay pretty eyes,okay pretty lips (enough with the lips already!) and I'm like okay I'm bored.

But Sam though, I was instantly attracted to. I'm probably biased cause I saw him in Gilmore Girls but didn't know who he was at the time but sometimes I wanted to kill Sam too.

Jared is like so so ~real~ like he doesn't have like excessive pretty like Jensen. Like I would more likely go up to Jared than Jensen because he's probably more relatable and just more REAL, ya know? Plus I liked him from the first episode. I actually think he was more ~SAM~ in the first 3 seasons than now....

Cheryl on August 13, 2010:

Thank you kerry! This was wonderful and thoughful and so much more than paying homage to his physical features(as majestic as they are)! It's always great to feel warmth and love for Jared/Sam,all to often the online highway is clogged by the small but loud and obnoxious corner of this fandom who like to spout their hate ironically with a show whose center is about love of family. Thank you! This was beautifully done and it honors this guy with a smile and the heart behind it that lights up a room! I've meet him twice and have seen him in public and how he bends over backwards to be nice to everyone,such a sweetie!

Deanna on August 12, 2010:

Jared took no "warming up to" for me--more like drool at first sight! And his acting skills were pretty top-notch, too...he just embodied Sam right from the get-go, especially given that Sam's personality is so different from Jared's. And that's the best part--Jared's personality (no samll compliment, given that magnificent bod!). Hope we see a lot more of him (heh) in SN and far beyond!

Robin Vogel on August 12, 2010:

I love Jensen and Jared equally, and have had the pleasure of meeting both several times. They are Southern gentleman in word and deed, both love dogs, as I do, and aside from being exceptionally handsome and talented, they're nice guys who haven't allowed fame to go to their heads! Jared and I immediately began talking about the dogs we'd rescued, and when I stood beside Jensen, he was worried that he smelled bad because he'd just performed a stunt for the show. I slid my arm around him and said, "You smell fine, Jensen. I'm just thrilled to be standing next to you."

lacey21 on July 09, 2010:

Jared's mom is my english teacher. She has pictures of them all over her room.

ellie on June 24, 2010:

i love Jared hes so hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ELLEN on June 17, 2010:


I love your articles (Jensen and Jared) I swear you almost made me want to hop on a bus and go to Vancouver in hopes of finding him. I have so many pictures of him, I especially love his puppy face, I'm kind of disappointed you didn't mention Eye of the tiger in your Jensen article though. You have re-kindled my Jared fandom, and I thank you for that :) you should have mention his amazing rear end :P

Ashley on June 15, 2010:

No matter if its jared padalecki or jensen ackles they both win im not just a jared's fan or just a jensen's fan i say both win its a tie they are both smokin hot guys but not only that they can act good great i mean theres not even a word for it there smart and cool and they have a lot of stuff bout them that is really good to have in a person i would love to meet them i know millions even billion's of people has say oh i'm there biggest fan and no one can top me and all that crap but i know for a fact that i'm there biggest fan but all you people out there say that y'all are i dont care i know for a fact i am and my friends and family will tell y'all the say i promise i am but anyways i love them both it be so cool to meet i hope one day i get to meet them

Shiranda White on February 21, 2010:

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said. The man is Awesome. His eyes are the best. Lately i have noticed how huge he is and those! Ya Dean is cute, but Sammie gots it all over him. I often catch myself wondering off into Sam land then I say to myself "self, you've got way too much time on your hands." Sandra girl, your the luckiest lady in the world. I'm totally going to meet you one day sammie so watch out, here comes the crazy lady...I'm coming yep and my name will be Shiranda, is shiranda that's sure.ran.da

SLS on February 11, 2010:

What's not to love about Jared. He's a great actor and oozes charm and charisma. Not to mention he has some of the best biceps, abs, pecs in showbiz. Those muscles and that smile can win anyone over.

Lavanay from India on February 06, 2010:

nice image gallery! I love jared

gwennies pen on September 05, 2009:

From all the beautiful pictures of the guy, I think you definitely are a smitten, kitten. :) I always thought he was a cutie (hot!) even back on the show 'Gilmore Girls'. If I were younger...he may have been my favorite. I had always wanted Rory to pick him to end up with, didn't you? Thanks for sharing such a great hub! Loved all the pics!

reshma jared padalecki. on August 19, 2009:

jared i wish i was your towel.i love those eyes of yours.

jared padalecki lover(reshma) on August 19, 2009:

i love jared so much.i love his smile and puppy dog eyes so

much.jensen is hot as well.they are both on fire.BIG FAN OF BOTH HOTTIES.

Lily_Winchester on July 28, 2009:

Jared i want to be your towel...

nazishnasim on June 22, 2009:

But his face is too small for his body!

Emma from Boston on June 13, 2009:

That Titanic ad is fricking hiliarious! Oh Jensen *pets him*

Yeah, the Dean and Anna scene was just awful. The handprint thing just made me chortle. I just find it funny that when Jensens does get a sex scene, it is all lovey dovey and romantic, but when Jared has one it is all rip off your clothes and grind like animals LOL Because the way their characters are, you would think it would be the opposite.

Samster on June 11, 2009:

My friend and I are huge Supernatural fans, and as I'm taller than him and named Sam, when we realized on a roadtrip last summer that I was riding shotgun and there was a hard rock station on the radio, we practically died of nerdy fan-joy. Nevermind that we were driving a soccer mom van! Anyway, glad I found this page. Jared's great and so is the show!

Karen on June 11, 2009:

I adore this man. I discovered Supernatural just a few months ago, so watching his rather amazing progression from sweet reluctant emotional Sam (who I adored) from Season1 to hard, cold, badass Sam has been a thing a beauty. Also, the abs, the biceps, the back.....need I say more?

Susan Ng Yu on June 06, 2009:

*drool...* I'm with you here, kerryg. Whew! Is it just me or has it gotten hot in here all of a sudden? Haha! :P

kerryg (author) from USA on June 06, 2009:

"also, he's the only one who gets the good sex scenes LOL"

Haha, yes! I think Sera Gamble has a bit of a thing for him. She's the one who seems to write all of them.

The Dean/Anna one was just hilariously awful, although someone I know in the fandom dug up some evidence that Kripke may have been making fun of Jensen's sordid modeling past. I'm sure you noticed the similarity to Titanic? Apparently Jensen did this ad advertising a replica of the Heart of the Ocean from Titanic in his DOOL days. I hope the boy fired his publicist. :)

Emma from Boston on June 06, 2009:

For the longest time I did not think Jared was good looking at all. I think part of it is was I really grew to loathe his character on Gilmore Girls (I'm a Jess girl, all the way!). But over the last two seasons on Supernatural I have really grown to appreciate his looks. It helps that he just looks super hot when he is being "evil" and also, he's the only one who gets the good sex scenes LOL So yes, break me off a piece of that!

Camila on April 11, 2009:

I love Jared so much!!!!

Julie Carmen Yunk on March 23, 2009:


Hermia on March 17, 2009:

I have to say i think the reason certain people love Sam more then Dean is because he pulls on the heart strings on first glance. In the first episode just seeing Sam next to Dean he looks almost vunerable. When Dean is in trouble i'm like ' oh get up, you got sucker punched.' but when I see Sam take a hit i'm like ' No! If he gets hurt i will hunt that thing down.'

After watching a few episodes we can then apreciate his looks, butt and brains.

Anna on March 16, 2009:

Jared is a wonerdful actor. I wish I could be his girlfriend. I think I have a crush on him. I