Jensen Ross Ackles and Jared Tristan Padalecki both hail from Texas and they credit their similar Southern upbringings with their instant connection. â€œTexas is its own country,â€ says Ackles. â€œThings are just different there.â€
The lighthearted banter and genuine affection that bonds the Winchester brothers also exists between their portrayers. According to Jared, â€œWe bothâ€¦.have similar interests and similar hobbies and similar manners.â€ Which is probably why the two get along so well on the series and why we, the fans, benefit from all their on-screen chemistry.
It quickly becomes clear that they have formed a mutual admiration on the set, but that admiration does not stop when the director calls â€œCut!â€ They really enjoy pal-ing around after work, and if there's anything J&J have attested to in many interviews, itâ€™s that an off-screen friendship can go a long way toward building believable on-screen chemistry. So many shows fall by the wayside because that chemistry, that connection between the main stars is just not there. These two have this unique bond/friendship â€˜easeâ€™ with each other that no one matches on any other TV show.
They have a silent language between them that definitely translates on screen. They let the bond shine in a natural way, and fans are so in awe of that. With their chemistry, they can pull of scenes without words, and with impeccable timing. They can pull off complicated and comical dialogue with resolution and make it look like weâ€™re listening in on a non-fiction private conversation, and thatâ€™s just how it should be. No song, no dance, no histrionics, just them being together playing it out for all its worth. Thatâ€™s how chemistry works.
Frequently, backstage discord on other shows hits the press, but the fact that Ackles and Padalecki actually enjoy working together is a major plusâ€¦ especially since they spend about 8-9 months of the year working 16 hour days on a small soundstage.
Padalecki said, "Iâ€™ve definitely worked with my share of people who â€“ and I know Jensen has as well â€“ but itâ€™s all about drama. Like, if thereâ€™s not some sort of conflict going on in their lives or on set, then theyâ€™re just not happy.â€
â€œWe definitely know how fortunate it is - the chance to work with someone who you get along with,â€ admits Ackles. â€œWeâ€™ve both been on shows and on projects where not everyone gets along, where somebodyâ€™s got a temper or an ego, but weâ€™ve been very lucky and appreciative of the fact that we get along very well on and off set.â€
At Creation Entertainment's Salute to Supernatural in Los Angeles last March, Ackles said, "The most important thing I've learned from working with Jared is how crucial chemistry is for something to be successful in this industry." He continued, â€œI think if the two lead actors -- whether its brothers, or a husband and wife -- if they don't have chemistry, then it's not going to work. Good friendship and solidarity has been a crucial aspect of our success."
Padalecki laughingly continued, "We've all seen the show. Jensen's very talented, blah, blah, blah." More sincerely he states, "Honestly, he has a great, contagious love for the project and for the workâ€¦â€¦ you have to remember to be excited about it and to be passionate about it. Jensen has that."
Ackles, appearing genuinely touched by the comments, replied, "Thanks, man." Of course, the seriousness didn't last long. A few minutes later, a fan introduced herself as a psychotherapist (who just happened to be The Winchester Family Business' very own Jasminka at her first con). "Good," Ackles interrupts without missing a beat. "I need to talk to somebody about my co-star."
The story is great, but with any other actors, it would have been lost a long time ago. Jensen and Jared's talent and chemistry make this show what it is. The boys know how to bring their characters to life, and make the audience emotionally invested in them. What you see on TV is an exemplary connection between the actors, something that's very rare in entertainment these days. Itâ€™s what makes the brotherly bond on the show believable; what makes the show special. It's amazing what some great acting and some actual chemistry can do. I guess we can all agree...their mommas raised them right!