media: AXM, August 2006

axm, August 2006
Interview by Michael Reynolds; transcribed by Kelex from scans by cordeliadelayne@hotmail.com

Supernatural Sex Appeal: Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles

Even after a jet-lagged night hoofing lager in a British pub, Supernatural‘s ghostbusting brothers Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles incite our horniness. Alone in a London hotel room, axm ask the Texan pair to bump us in the night like gay ‘spirit people.’ For some reason, they refuse.

words by Michael Reynolds

Young US TV stars par excellence, Jared, 24, and Jensen, 28, breeze into our plush room the very definition of nonchalant sex appeal. Even more gallingly, they’re blissfully unaware of just how hot they are. It’s hard to think about anything other than sex, so we barely bother.

You two came in second in an internet poll of sexiest fellas on TV, just behind Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy….
Jared: You mean we were beaten by Dr. McDreamy?
Jensen: Hey, it’s flattering to come behind him.

There’s a joke there… Anyway, do you get hit on by many gay fans?
Jensen: That hasn’t happened to me, at least not that I’m aware of.
Jared: That happens in Los Angeles, but it’s not like they come up to me and say, “I’m gay, do me!” It’s more like: “I really like the show and my boyfriend likes it too.” I had one guy come up to me and say: “Can I have your autograph? My boyfriend is gonna be so jealous.” They don’t proposition me, but them I don’t get propositioned by girls either.

I find that hard to believe. You guys ooze sex appeal, but even you must have laughed at being named Sexiest Ghostbusters by People magazine. I mean, what was the competition?
Jared: [Laughs] Oh you know, Brad Pitt… Tom Cruise… Wait, they’re not ghostbusters, are they? I guess our only competition was Bill Murray from the Ghostbusters movie, but that was years ago.
Jensen: It was all title and no award, to be honest. They named us that in the magazine but we didn’t get a trophy or anything like that.

Do you feel like sex symbols?
Jensen: Obviously it’s really flattering to be called that, but it’s hard to kind of wear that title, a little awkward.
Jared: We’ve both come to learn that Hollywood will paint you whatever colour it wants to paint you and you don’t have much say in it. I hear the sex symbol thing, laugh, shrug it off, and go back to work.

So you don’t look in the mirror and think “God, I’m sexy”?
Jared: [Laughs] Absolutely not!
Jensen: Are you kidding?

Have the producers of Supernatural ever pressurised you into whipping your tops off on the show?
Jared: That happened more on other shows I’ve done, like Gilmore Girls. Eric Kripke [Supernatural‘s creator] is more committed to having our characters be normal guys rather than turning it into a skinfest.
Jensen: The thing is, when you get skin on camera it distracts you from what’s going on. It becomes the focal point of the scene. “Oh, look at his chest, look at his abdominals” or “Look at her boobs”… it’s too much of a distraction.
Jared: Out of 180 days of filming, I only had my shirt off once. Our characters spend so much time in motel rooms so there’d be plenty of opportunities for them to say: “In this scene, you’re shirtless.”
Jensen: You’ll get the odd director who’ll come in and say: “You know what’d be really great would be if you could start the scene with your shirt off.” That’d be just as corny as saying: “Can you shed a tear at this point?”

That’s a shame… Not about the tears, but the fact you won’t go topless more often!
Jared: A shame for you, maybe. I’m a little self-conscious about my body. That’s why I love to wear hoodies because you can get cosy and eat some food and your belly doesn’t show.

Jared, you’ve worked with Paris Hilton and the Olsen Twins. Does that level of fame appeal to you?
Jared: Not at all, but it’s easy to avoid it. I see through all that bullshit. I mean, you hear Nick Lachey saying stuff like, “I don’t wanna be famous, I’m just a normal guy.” Meanwhile he’s at every nightclub in Los Angeles, he eats at The Ivy every day. These people go “Man, I wish I could avoid this shit.” Then don’t eat in Malibu with your shirt off or go jogging down Sunset Boulevard in crotchless underwear.
Jensen: Some people will go to the opening of an envelope. They live their lives in the public eye and they get off on it, they need it. They need that kind of adoration. If their name isn’t in the tabloids once a week they feel like a failure. I choose to live more of a private life, a does Jared. We just don’t believe in that thing of “it doesn’t matter what they’re saying so long as they’re talking about you.”

How do people treat you when you go home to Texas?
Jensen: Every situation is different. You get people who freak out on you, who get all nervous, their hands are shaking and clammy. Then you get someone who is like: “Yo man, I like your show, it’s cool.”
Jared: I’ve noticed, and not just in Texas, that we have a much larger male audience which is really cool for me after Gilmore Girls. It is cool to have guys come up and be like, “Man, your show kicks ass.” I don’t want to be like Freddie Prinze Jr., just doing stuff for a bunch of little girls.

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever said or written to you?
Jensen: I’ve gotten spells sent to me in the mail. They write, “Here is a spell for good health.” Do I do them? Hell, no! They freak me out. There are oils in the packages and crushed herbs — very Blair Witch.
Jared: I haven’t received any spells. The weirdest thing anyone has ever said to me is nothing at all. They just stood there with this dead stare on their faces, like a deer in the headlights. I was like: “Did you die on me?”
Jensen: It always amuses me when people come up and say: “Where do I know you from?” Do I then go through my my resume or just joke that we were in the same English class?

The show has been compared to Buffy…
Jared: That was a great show and obviously went for several seasons and had a huge fan base, but I like to think that our show is different. I think it is less campy. Plus we don’t have supernatural powers like Angel or Willow. Our show is more of a blue collar, in-your-face scary horror.

What scares you?
Jensen: I can’t think of a specific phobia. I am not scared of heights, drowning, or flying. If something does scare me, then it pisses me off so I want to figure out why and I want to overcome it.
Jared: Stuff like losing loved ones scares me. Like I’m afraid something will happen to my dogs. I have two of them–Harley Brown and Sadie Lane.

That’s so sweet! Aside from walking the dogs what do you do with your time off?
Jared: Try and stay in shape, plus we’ll maybe hang out in a sports bar.
Jensen: Or we’ll go to a scotch bar and get drunk. I can handle a lot of scotch. Not like in LA where they have two drinks and they’re hammered – they’re a lot different to Texan people.
Jared: That’s ‘cos they’re all doing that stupid low-carb thing so they don’t have any food in their system. But then there are people in LA who are so skinny, and not naturally so, that they can’t even stand up without getting dizzy.

Is there any pressure on you in Hollywood to look good?
Jensen: It’s part of the job. I’d be lying if I said looks weren’t a major part of what we do. You can walk into a casting office and they decide just from your look if you’re gonna be right for the role. But once you’ve established yourself as an actor you hope your talent speaks for itself.

Are you vain?
Jensen: No more than anyone else. I trust the hair and make-up people to do a good job and I’m not checking myself out in the mirror before every scene.
Jared: It’s someone else’s job to make sure we’re looking good. How great is that!

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8 Responses to “media: AXM, August 2006”

  1. WOW……JARED CUSSES!!!!
    THATS FUNNY, AND JENSEN……TOO COOL FOR WORDS

  2. Hey, guys! Just found your site. Can I put a link to you at Morgan’s Maniacs?

  3. hey! I’d be thrilled if you did! Give me until the weekend, and I’ll have Morgan’s Maniacs added to the blogroll!

  4. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!

    G’night

  5. i love u SO0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O SOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOSOO much jared!! i want u!! u sexy thang! lol

  6. My life long dream is to meet and hang out with jared
    I almost cried when 30 seconds to mars didnt come to perth for
    Their australian tour.love u jared and i always will

  7. Sorry, ADrienne, wrong Jared! Jared Leto is in 30 Seconds to Mars, and Jared PADALECKI is in Supernatural.

  8. whatever happened to is it me, Freddie Prinze Jr., anyway?

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