As one half of TV's hottest demon-fighting duo, Jared Padalecki has amassed a legion of fans since Supernatural first aired in 2005, but there's more to the young actor than just playing Sam Winchester and that Adonis-like six pack.
Now that it looks like the end of Supernatural could be in sight, Padalecki will return to the show Gilmore Girls where he first rose to fame, delighting a whole new generation of teenage girls with his easy-going charm and um, his, errrr, sheer acting talent.
While we wait for the Gilmore Girls revival to finally quench our, um — thirst, here are 7 facts that you probably never knew about Jared Padalecki — aside from the fact that he's clearly a vampire who never ages and will probably outlive us all.
1. Jared Padalecki is Superstitious
In an ironic and yet not so shocking twist of fate, Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is actually superstitious in real life too. After all, his entire pay cheque revolves around hunting things that go bump in the night, so it makes sense that Padalecki believes in otherworldly forces.
During an interview, Padalecki revealed one of his pet quirks, explaining that;
“Whenever I drive under a yellow light, I always kiss my finger and tap it on the roof of the car. And I do that when I get onto a plane as well!”
Evidence, Jared. We need photographic evidence of this at once.
2. What's in a Name?
Sam Winchester may be Paladecki's signature role these days, but before he graced our screens with his presence on Supernatural, Jensen Ackle's other half used to play another Sam in a movie called A Little Aside. Strangely, Paladecki also played a character called Dean on Gilmore Girls, sharing the same name as his onscreen brother in Supernatural.
Spooky coincidence or entirely arbitrary turn of events? — You decide!
3. Jared Padalecki Campaigns To Raise Awareness For Sufferers of Depression
Working on Supernatural looks like it would be even more fun than helping Paladecki lift weights in the gym [Editors note; Factually incorrect, nothing would be more fun than that], but Jared has actually suffered depression in the past, breaking down in his trailer while filming an episode from Season Three.
After being diagnosed by a doctor, Paladecki worked through his depression and began to campaign for awareness of the condition, raising money by selling over 27,000 baseball shirts that featured the caption "Always Keep Fighting" emblazoned along the front.
4. Jared Padalecki Almost Played Superman
Before Bryan Singer filmed the reboot Superman Returns, Paladecki was in the running to play Clark Kent in McG's ill-fated take on the Kryptonian mythos called Superman: Flyby.
It might seem strange to think about this now, but in hindsight, Paladecki certainly possesses many of the key attributes that Superman requires, i.e. He would look great in spandex.
5. Jared Paladecki Is The Perfect Human
Yes, that's right. It turns out that not only is Jared Paladecki a talented, good looking actor, but he's also extremely intelligent, defying actor stereotypes everywhere.
Back in 1998, Paladecki and his classmate won the National Forensics League Championship in Duo Interpretation and just two years later, Jared graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison high school. Plans to major in engineering fell through when he was cast in a recurring role on Gilmore Girls. Poor guy. It just goes to show, you can't have it all.
6. Somehow, Jared Paladecki Has Body Issues
We kid you not. Even men who have seemingly been sculpted from marble can be insecure too sometimes, which makes us feel a lot better as we reach for our third cheeseburger of the day.
In the past, Paladecki has openly admitted that;
“I’m a little self-conscious about my body. I love to wear hoodies because you can get cozy and eat some food and your belly doesn’t show!”
If by belly, he means chiselled abs, then sure Paladecki, we can all relate to that one.
7. Jared Paladecki Wants The 'Supernatural' Finale To Be Open-Ended
All good things come to an end eventually, even entertaining TV shows that follow hot brothers fighting ghosts. So it may come as no surprise that Paladecki has thought about how the program could finally come to an end;
"It's changed a lot over time. Part of me, loving Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, always thought it'd be great to see the boys against insurmountable odds and to freeze-frame on them and just hear stuff in the background. You don't know if they die, you don't know if they live, but you know that they're going to go out in a blaze of glory. And then I went back and watched a few of the episodes, I watched through 'Swan Song' and the scene of the boys laying on the hood of the Impala. I think that'd be a nice way to go out if we had to — watching the end of the world. Or looking up at us from the trunk and throwing the weapons in and saying we've got work to do."
Paladecki throws a lot of thoughts around while discussing a potential finale, but there's some genuinely interesting ideas in there that could end up being the perfect way to end the beloved show once and for all.
Just don't let the boys take charge of the script, or the Supernatural finale may end up looking more like these admittedly hilarious outtakes.