Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki


7/19/1982, San Antonio, Texas

Birth Name

Jared Tristan Padalecki



Also Known As

Jared Padelecki, Jerred Padalecki
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Jared attended Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas. He was a Presidential Scholars Program candidate in 2000, his senior year. Padalecki began taking acting classes in Texas when he was twelve. He was one of two 1999 "Claim to Fame" contest winners at the Teen Choice Awards…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jared and his wife Genevieve are expecting their first child together. (October 2011)

    • Jared married actress Genevieve Cortese this February (2010). The couple met on the set of his show Supernatural and dated for over a year before tying the knot.

    • Jared was approached for a role in the G.I Joe movie but couldn't take it due to his Supernatural commitments.

    • Jared was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • Jared met his long-time girlfriend, Sandra McCoy, while filming the movie Cry_Wolf.

    • Jared did a campaign for PETA2 about not wearing fur.

    • On his first day of driver's ed, Jared thought he was on a one-way street and started to drive on the left side of the road!

    • During the filming of House of Wax, Jared locked himself out of his house several times and had to call his roommate and co-star Chad Michael Murray to let him in.

    • On 2nd December 2006, Jared won the celebrity poker tournament in Canada. He was awarded with a Giantto Watch and an entry into the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event.

    • Jared and classmate Chris Cardeans together won the National Forensics League National Championship in Duo Interpretation in 1998. In May of 2000, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison High School. He had planned to enroll as an engineering major at the University of Texas, but landed his role on Gilmore Girls instead.

    • Jared likes cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, and mustard. He also likes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. He likes white-chocolate macadamia nut cookies and admittedly eats a lot of candy.

    • Jared is of Polish descent.

    • Jared has an older brother named Jeff and a younger sister named Megan. His mother, a high school teacher, is named Sheri. His father's name is Jerry.

    • Jared has been taking acting classes since he was 12 years old.

    • Jared was listed as one of "The Hottest Guys on TV" in the March 2003 issue of YM.

    • Jared used to make home videos with his friends in San Antonio, Texas.

    • While filming the movie The Flight of the Phoenix Jared was in a minor car accident, afterwhich he looked around and thought he was dead. He told himself "I had better call production and tell them I'm dead." He apparently continued to think he was dead until someone passed by and asked him why he was standing on the side of the road.

    • Jared was number 37 on this years TV Guide's 50 Sexiest Men List.

    • Jared received a PSP from his girlfriend Sandy McCoy for his birthday (2006).

    • Jared appeared at the CW launch party on September 18, 2006.

    • Jared was the grand marshal for a parade in his hometown in 2000.

    • Jared is hoping to turn the book Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell into a movie.

    • Jared played on the Hollywood Knights' basketball team for the 2001-2002 season.

    • Jared has a Toshiba laptop.

    • Jared's favorite video game is James Bond 007: Nightfire.

    • Jared has a Sprint PCS Touchpoint.

    • Jared has a pet Sadie, which is a German-Shepherd-pit-bull-dingo.

    • Jared's most important issue is making the most of every moment, working hard and being thankful for what you receive.

    • Jared's favorite CD is any Pearl Jam CD.

    • Jared won Fox TV's "Claim To Fame" Contest and got to present at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards.

    • Jared's weekend attire is t-shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, or anything that's comfortable.

    • Jared's favorite novel is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    • On the New York Minute dvd, one of the extras features him talking about the Olsen twins. As Jared appears the caption reads "Jared Paladecki." Apparently no one noticed the error and Jared didn't even know himself until a fan informed him.

    • Jared was the third actor to be cast in the role of Dean of in Gilmore Girls. The other two actors were both replaced for unknown reasons.

    • Jared freaked when he was told they wanted to cover him with wax for real on the movie House Of Wax. Jared spent ages complaining to everyone who would listen that he didn't want to do it. Before eventually caving in and doing it anyway. Later he said that it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be!

    • Jared filmed the Supernatural episode "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" with a broken hand after he injured it defending himself and Jensen in a fight.

    • Jared has two dogs. Their names are Harley and Sadie.

    • Jared's celebrity crush is Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    • Jared plays for the Orlando Magic on the NBAE league.

    • Jared had to wear hair extensions for the season 5 premiere of Gilmore Girls because his hair was cut since the season 4 finale.

    • Jared recently received a StarBond at the Hollywood Stock Exchange.

    • Jared was embarrassed that TV Guide misquoted him when they caught him joking to co-star Alexis Bledel, telling her "The dork store called and they're out of you," to make her laugh between shots.

    • Jared's basketball jersey number was 24 but was then changed to 32.

    • Jared was considered for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in the proposed relaunch of the Superman film franchise.

    • Jared was the second tallest male cast member on Gilmore Girls. Jared was three inches taller than Scott Patterson and was between 1 and 2 inches shorter than Edward Herrmann.

    • Jared auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars.

    • Jared is represented by the same manager as Freddie Prinze, Jr.

    • Jared has been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards. One for Gilmore Girls and one for House of Wax.

    • Jared's favorite bands are Our Lady Peace and Pearl Jam.

    • Jared and his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles are said to enjoy playing street hockey together between takes.

    • Jared and his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles were voted People Magazine's "Sexiest Ghostbusters" in 2005.

    • If he wasn't an actor, Jared would like to be a teacher.

    • One of Jared's pet peeves is when people blame him for things he didn't do, because he is an "easy target."

    • Jared and his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles both enjoy playing practical jokes.

    • Jared's favorite car is the Firebird.

    • Jared's favorite "old school" show is The Simpsons.

    • Jared lists procrastination as one of his flaws.

    • Jared is 6' 4" tall. He towered over 5'7" Alexis Bledel on Gilmore Girls.

    • Jared was originally proposed for the role of Clark Kent on Smallville, a role that eventually went to Tom Welling.

    • Jared's eyes are blue/green, depending on what he wears.

    • Jared lists his favorite color as blue.

    • Jared and his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles get along great, since they're both native Texans. They both like to watch football and grab a beer together.

    • Jared was a Presidential Scholars Program candidate in his senior year of high school.

    • Jared's favorite movie is Good Will Hunting. He also really enjoys horror movies like The Shining.

    • Jared has two siblings, a brother and a sister. He was the best man at his brother's wedding.

    • Jared idolizes Johnny Depp.

    • Jared broke into showbiz when he won a contest to be a presenter at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. Soon after that, he was cast in the Olsen twins' movie, New York Minute.

    • Jared enjoys cruising around the Supernatural set on a scooter.

    • Jared is friends with Chad Michael Murray, Derek Lee Nixon, and Andrew Pozza.

    • Jared was cast as the lead in the WB's update of MacGyver, featuring him as a relative of the original MacGyver. The pilot was not picked up.

  • Quotes

    • Jared: Things that go bump in the night aren't the only reasons to be afraid in this world.

    • Jared: (On his appearance) 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!

    • Jared: My drama coach gave me a lot of self-confidence when I wasn't sure of myself.

    • Jared: I've found you can be a 'successful actor' if you book two jobs out of 100 auditions.

    • Jared: (on "Supernatural" co-star Jensen Ackles) I have an older brother and a younger sister, and Jensen does as well, so he and I just kicked it off pretty quickly. He's Texan, I'm Texan... You hear these horror stories about Desperate Housewives and stuff, where everybody's arguing about trailers, but we just want to work hard and make sure our crew is happy.

    • Jared: I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.

    • Jared: A girl I'm attracted to, but there has to be more than just a physical attraction. I want a girl I can talk to and have fun doing random things with. Someone who I enjoy and who enjoys me. She has to have a good sense of humor and be willing to kid around.

    • Jared: I can rest when I'm older. Now's the time to work hard and try to make a name for myself.

    • Jared: I'm so happy with my family, my career and my friends, and I'd like for them to be here forever, so I guess loss is what scares me the most.

    • Jared: (on Gilmore Girls) Yeah, it was a great time. I started when I was 17 and finished when I was 22, and they nurtured me. If I ever had any free time, which I don't, I would feel comfortable popping in to say hi to everybody.

    • Jared: (Jared believes in the supernatural) I do. I've never had any personal experiences, but it's a big world, and it's hard to believe we're the only things around. I'm sure there are other people like us, or a bizzarro Earth. I'm sure a lot of it is scary.

    • Jared: (on not much of a partying type) I have a house, with two big plasma-screen TVs, two dogs, a grill, chessboard. I like to keep it low-key: invite friends over, order some Papa John's pizzas and Coors Light, play poker and ping-pong and chill. I'm pretty private.

    • Jared: (on meeting girlfriend of two years, Sandra McCoy, while filming the flick Cry Wolf) We met and flirted, and we all went out as a group, but she and I didn't go out on a date or anything. When we started dating a couple months later, people were like, "What took you guys so long?" I thought, "Was it that obvious?" She's a really great, generous person. She has a huge heart and makes people laugh and smile. She's just a lot of fun and very genuine.

    • Jared: (on his relationship with Sandy McCoy) We make each other laugh, which is important. Looks only last so long and passion is fleeting.

    • Jared: (on Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream) I could eat it all day, every day." says Jared. "I'm actually a little lactose intolerant, so it kind of makes me feel sick, but I can't stop myself. I'd be about 400 pounds if I didn't.

    • Jared: People used to say I looked like Matt Damon. Now I get Brad Pitt. [Laughs] Yeah, I wish.

    • Jared: It's sort of a goofy story but, I was filming the movie called Flight of the Phoenix and we were in Africa and we were on sand roads that were just sort of you know, you follow the tracks of the car in front of you and I wasn't used to driving in sand I grew up in Texas where it's asphalt and gravel if anything but um, the car started to swerve a little so I started to try and get straight and just turned and it ended up flipping and I'm on the side of the road and it does a whole roll and it lands upright and your sort of at the second like 'Am I okay? What's going on?' and you sort of quirk your neck and you move your back and then I remembered seeing movies where you know a car crashes into something and every body's okay and then it explodes! And so I'm like 'Oh no!' so I open up my door and I run across the street and I'm like fifty feet away and I'm like, 'Thank God I'm not gonna be in there when it explodes'. I'm looking at the car and it's not exploding and it doesn't really look damaged and I realize that I just ran outta a car after flipping it and I start looking around and I'm like 'There's not sounds, there's no wind, there's no birds or trees. I'm dead!' I thought, I was sure that I was dead. I just heard some story about a guy who sees a car accident and goes up to help and sees himself inside and I was like 'That is me, I am dead I better called Set and tell them I'm dead. So I run back to the car to get my phone and I turn the car upside down which it's now used to cause it just flipped and uh, I look for the phone and I can't find the phone and I'm like 'Of course I can't find the phone I'm dead I don't need the phone why would I need the phone?

    • Jared: (about being called a hottie) You know since Jensen and I are so hot, it's very flattering and so cute and a girl will come up or a guy and say 'hey you're so cute' you know blah blah blah whatever. Um it just (laughs) no, I'm here to film a TV show...... it's flattering, it's very flattering and it's fun to tease each other about that.

    • Jared: I don't think we take ourselves very seriously. Growing up I used to see these people who were called like cuties or hotties or sex symbols and they'd be like 'You know I'm sexy'. [strikes a pose] or like, 'look how sexy and hot I am' and I think it's just disgusting and I think you gotta kinda be able to make fun of yourself you know. However you look is just a shell of who you are- it's nothing really-- to do with you.

    • Ellen: You're from Texas.
      Jared: I am from Texas.
      Ellen: I'm from New Orleans but you don't have an accent at all.
      Jared: Right, I left it in the green room. I should've brought it out. Yeah you know what, when I get tired or drunk, it kinda sneaks out 'Hey ya'll'.

    • Jared: (on Sandra McCoy) I'm the opposite of her. If you asked if she's rather have a deranged murderer break in or a ghost, she'd say deranged murderer!

    • Jared: (on the subject of love) Don't place expectations on someone. Enjoy the time you have together, and let it go where it goes.

    • Jared: 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!

    • Jared: Just be yourself and the right guy will come along, whether it be today, tomorrow, or next year. It'll happen!

    • Jared: I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.

    • Jared: (on not being able to get away from the name Dean) Yeah, it's pretty funny... Every now and then someone will say, 'OK, Dean is over there,' and I'll take a little stutter step, then think, 'Oh, wait, I'm not Dean anymore'.

    • Jared: By no means am I Mr. Tough, but I can't name any specific fear I have... I don't know if this qualifies as a superstition, but every time I step on a plane, I kiss my finger and touch the top of the doorjamb. I started doing that in high school when someone would run a red or yellow light. I don't know what that means.

    • Jared: (Jared's parent's names are Sherri and Jerri. He also has a sister and a brother (Jeff)) It's definitely the people that I love--my parents, brother and my sister... We're a close family, and we love to spend time together. We're not just family, we're also good friends, and for that, we are very blessed.

    • Jared: [jokingly] I have seen an unidentified flying object. I couldn't identify it, nor could anyone I was with. But no, I haven't been abducted just yet!

    • Jared: I always acted as a kid. I was always in school plays and stuff like that.

    • Jared: (on Australia) It's gorgeous. It's green and the Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the world.

    • Jared: I had a great time. I flew Sandy [McCoy] out. She and I flew out and we went to the Great Barrier Reef and went scuba diving. It was so beautiful. Australia's so beautiful. Everybody is like, 'It's the Outback. It's going to be sand...' It's gorgeous. It's green and the Great Barrier Reef is a wonder of the world.

    • Jared: (On preparing for Supernatural) I watched a lot of scary stuff: The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, The Ring. I also researched mythology; my mom, Sheri, is a heroes, myths and legends teacher in high school, so she studies Greek mythology. There's so much literary value to the show, so I wanted to know the deeper sides to the stories. And Jensen and I got the fight training – we boxed and did martial arts, because both of our characters are supposed to be pretty well-versed.

    • Jared: We clicked pretty much off the bat--we have similar interests in sports, and we're Texas boys, so we're both laid-back. We like to eat good food, have a good beer, hang out and have a good time. We leave each other alone when we need to and jazz each other up, too.

    • Jared: I had a nightmare about being on a cruise ship and the ship going down. It was an arduous process of the ship going down and we knew it was going down. There was everyone I know and love on the ship.

    • Jared: I'm so happy with my family, my career and my friends, and I'd like for them to be here forever, so I guess loss is what scares me the most. - On the thing that scares him the most.

    • Jared: (On love) Don't place expectations on someone. Enjoy the time you have together, and let it go where it goes.

    • Jared: 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!

    • Jared: My drama coach gave me a lot of self-confidence when I wasn't sure of myself.

    • Jared: Anywhere I can be with my family is the happiest place on Earth.

  • Reminds me of the great John Wayne

    I've watched Jared since Gilmore Girls, and he's grown into an even more beautiful man, husband, and father. He has many physical movements that are reminiscent of John Wayne. I hope he goes on to make many movies and get the recognition he deserves. If they do a movie about John Wayne, I hope Jared tries out for it.
  • I'm in love

    I love it, the character is awesome....