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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