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Now and Gen: A Letter to My Kids By Jared Padalecki

Around Father’s Day, Jared wrote a letter to our children. It’s one of the most beautiful and special letters I have read, so I just had to share. The kids may be a little too young to fully appreciate it, but one day I hope they read this and know what a great dad they have. When it comes to being a father, Jared has found his calling.

Post Father’s Day Thoughts by Jared Padalecki

dear tom, shep, and odette,
i realize fathers day was supposed to be about…. well… “fathers”… praising them and thanking them and making them feel needed and appreciated.

but, as the “father” in this relationship, i wanted to change things up a bit. specifically, i wanted to take this opportunity, after my FIFTH fathers day (and counting), not to say “you’re welcome”, but to say “thank you”…

you’ve woken me up earlier than a rooster would even CONSIDER crowing.
you’ve given me sleepless nights where i thought you might NEVER, in fact, go back to sleep.
you’ve peed on me, pooped on me, and vomited on me (though not always necessarily in that order).
you’ve used me as a bean bag when i read to you.
you’ve used me as a punching bag when i don’t.
you’ve made me contort my body into 70 different positions in order to climb into the back seat and get your car seat buckled.
you’ve coerced me into watching cartoons and animated movies over and over and over again… and over again.
you’ve turned my trailer into a jungle gym.
you’ve turned my office into a “secret candy storage bunker”.
you’ve turned my bed into a UFC octagon.
you’ve turned my truck into a giant garbage and food crumb receptacle.
you’ve made me stop whatever I’m doing so that i can go catch the lizard you just spotted outside.
you’ve yelled at me to stop the car to chase the deer or squirrels that you spotted.
you’ve made me chase YOU into the streets to get you back on the sidewalk!
you’ve made me replace upholstery that you mistook for a blank canvas (though, in all fairness, it does kind of look like a blank canvas)

you’ve reduced me to tears whenever i witness you in pain.

You can read the rest of Jared’s touching letter over at Gen’s new blog: Now and Gen.com.

People: Jared & Genevieve Cortese Padalecki Welcome Daughter Odette Elliott

It’s a girl for Jared Padalecki! The Supernatural star, 34, and his wife Genevieve Cortese Padalecki welcomed daughter Odette Elliott Padalecki on Friday, March 17th, the new mom announced Monday on Instagram. “Please welcome the newest Padalecki, Odette Elliott!!” she captioned a photo of her snuggling her newborn baby girl. Baby Odette has two built-in protectors already: big brothers Shepherd, 3, and Thomas Colton, 5.

Padalecki spilled the beans about his third child on the way in November, speaking to Kelly Ripa about how he and Cortese Padalecki met (on the Supernatural set!) and how they were going to be expanding their family in March. “Tom and Shep can’t wait for ‘Sissy,’ ” the actor captioned a snap of his sons, embracing each other and sporting huge excited smiles. Cortese Padalecki shared a black-and-white belly photo on Instagram in early March, rocking a leather jacket while staring down at her bare baby bump. One thing little Odette can look forward to when she starts walking? Family hikes around the Padalecki’s Austin, Texas, home.

“TBT. Soon we’ll be 5 :)),” the Gilmore Girls alum captioned a March throwback photo of himself, his wife and their boys enjoying the great outdoors. “I am violently protective of my — I call it my off-time — when I’m not working,” Padalecki said in 2014 of being with his family. “I’m straight home and whether they’re in Vancouver or they’re in Seattle or wherever we happen to be I’m straight to them,” he added.

Source: People.com

People: Third Child on the Way for Supernatural’s Jared & Genevieve Padalecki


Jared Padalecki is going to be a dad for the third time! The Supernatural star stopped by Live with Kelly on Monday, and spilled some exciting news to Kelly Ripa and co-host for the day Richard Curtis. “When I started the show, I was 22 years old — I was a single guy, kind of doing my thing,” said the actor, 34, who met his wife Genevieve Cortese Padalecki when she had a recurring role on season 4 of Supernatural. “Now I’m 12 years older, father of two, about to be father of three in March,” he added, to cheers and applause from the audience as his wife smiled brightly from just offstage. Padalecki and Cortese Padalecki married in 2010, and have two sons: Shepherd, 2½, and Thomas Colton, 4½. But before the couple got together, Padalecki admitted he tells quite a different story about who initiated their courting period depending on who he’s talking to. “The story I tell amongst my friends is that she wouldn’t leave me alone, right?” said the self-professed family man. “So finally I was like, ‘All right, yeah yeah, fine, I’ll go on a date with you, fine.’ ”

“You sound cool like that,” Curtis joked. “But [in reality], she came on set and it was season 4, which was eight years ago,” he recalls. “I thought she was cute and smart, and I remember she would always read books. And one of my pet peeves is when somebody interrupts me when I’m reading — like I kind of get the shakes.” He continues, “But I kept on finding myself interrupting her. I’d be like, ‘So what’s your favorite Hemingway?’ [Then] I’d go in my trailer and look up Hemingway. I thought she was awesome and so I asked her out to lunch, and it turned into hanging out and talking about traveling, and it turned into dinner.” The actor says that while he’s been filming in Vancouver, his wife has been on duty in their Austin, Texas home to make sure their sons have a good routine. “She’s been buckling down with the kids, because they’ve had their school year [start],” he says.

Source: People.com

Supernatural wins Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV Cover Battle


We asked you to pick your favorite fall show, and you voted — again, and again, and again. And the winner is…Supernatural!
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In their 12th season, the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) have added yet another victory to their list of achievements. (And this one comes right after stopping the apocalypse!) After 2.6 million votes were tallied, Supernatural came out on top, beating 63 other new and returning fall shows in our bracket competition. This week, subscribers will receive the Supernatural edition of the Fall TV Preview cover — jam-packed with scoop from the set of The CW’s longest-running series, as well as info on 136 other shows — and the special collectors’ edition will be sold exclusively at Barnes and Nobles nationwide, beginning Sept. 9. For more exclusive interviews and photos only in EW.

Source: EW.com

Variety: Gilmore Girls’ Jared Padalecki & David Sutcliffe Returning for Netflix Revival


Jared Padalecki is returning to “Gilmore Girls,” reprising his role as Dean Forester in Netflix’s four-part revival series.

Variety has also learned that David Sutcliffe, who played Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) father Chris, is also returning. In addition to stars Bledel and Lauren Graham, Padalecki and Sutcliffe join previously announced returning cast members Milo Ventimiglia (Jess), Matt Czuchry (Logan), Liza Weil (Paris), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Scott Patterson (Luke), Keiko Agena (Lane) and Yanic Truesdale (Michel). Sutton Foster, who starred in “Bunheads” from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, has also joined the Netflix project, the first new actor to be added to the cast alongside the show’s returning favorites.

With Padalecki’s return, Rory will be reuniting with all three of her exes in the revival series: Dean (Padalecki), Jess (Ventimiglia) and Logan (Czuchry). Padalecki was part of the original series from the pilot, going on to become Rory’s first serious boyfriend and the partner with whom she eventually lost her virginity, despite Dean being married to another woman at the time. The duo were on again/off again for several seasons, with Padalecki making his final appearance in Season 5 before going on to star in another drama — “Supernatural” — for what was then the WB network (now The CW). Now in its eleventh season, Padalecki has been on the fan-favorite show ever since, playing Sam Winchester, who fights demons and paranormal phenomena alongside his brother — also ironically called Dean — played by Jensen Ackles.

Source: Variety.com

CNN: Depression awareness on the red carpet

Seven years ago, on the set of the sci-fi show “Supernatural,” star Jared Padalecki had an anxiety attack. After speaking with a doctor on the set, he was told he had clinical depression. More recently, “one of my friends hung himself on New Year’s Eve,” he told CNN. “But for the grace of God go I.”

These experiences got him thinking about how he could help. Four months ago Padalecki felt he had to tell the world of his diagnosis, so he launched the charity #AlwaysKeepFighting. It sold T-shirts — more than 24,000 in the most recent campaign so far (with hundreds of thousands of dollars raised) — to support various mental health causes, but it has been most effective in creating awareness and reducing stigma. “When celebrities speak publicly about their own experiences with depression or other psychiatric conditions, it’s very helpful,” said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

“It opens up a conversation about these issues. If someone you admire is going through the same thing you might be going through, it makes a difference with people, it causes people to seek help.”Similarly, basketball great Magic Johnson in the 1990s raised awareness about AIDS, followed by actor Michael J. Fox (Parkinson’s), singer Demi Lovato (bipolar disorder) and rocker Bret Michaels (type 1 diabetes). The tragic loss of Robin Williams, who struggled with clinical depression, and most recently the legal troubles and subsequent rehab stay for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Nicholas Brendon have brought mental illness to the forefront in the past year. Borenstein said that the people he has spoken to who either had depression or bipolar disorder include Jane Pauley, Patty Duke and the late Mike Wallace.

So Padalecki is not alone in coming forward, but he has most effectively used social media to support his campaign. At the same time, he doesn’t want to be seen as the leader of a movement. “I’m just a part of this, not the head of it. I’m happy to be one of the public faces of it, but I don’t stand alone up here.” Fans showed their solidarity with the actor earlier this month at San Diego Comic-Con, and Padalecki hopes he can return the favor. “For those who don’t have millions of Twitter followers who have your back, I’ve got your back.”

Actor’s openness about depression stirs glowing Comic-Con tribute “I still deal with anxiety on a daily basis,” Padelecki said. “A lot of artists are emotional beings, but we have to behave like, ‘Hey I’m great, I’m living the life!’ That’s what we think the audience wants.” But to the young actor, “life and art are about being there for someone and someone being there for you. For me, life is about deeper meaning. I’ve always tended towards honesty and being forthright. I’ve been lucky that anytime I’ve been honest, I’ve been approached with sincerity.”

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