Ten Reasons To Drool Over Jared Padalecki
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 page is a tongue-in-cheek look at a few of them.
A Quick Lesson in 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 wonder occasionally 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.
More Evidence of Goofiness
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:
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 is 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, 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.
Ode to a 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, 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 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...
Jared as Meg
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 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, 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 diminuitive 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!