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Supernatural

Are you finding that there’s a crossover of Supernatural fans who were avid X-Files watchers?
Jensen: Oh yeah, I’ve definitely run into fans who were big watchers of X-Files who are now fans of Supernatural. I think it’s really the duo journey…like David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson], but Jared is much better looking than Jillian. (laughter)

MeeVee Exclusive! Interview with Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
The CW's Supernatural certainly has one of the toughest time slots in television. Still, it still manages to hold onto a devoted hardcore following. If you don’t believe us, just check out the more than 20,000 blogs devoted to stars Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), and the hundreds of videos available on YouTube.

This year the series has delved deeper into its mythology, introducing a whole new world of hunters and exploring the Winchester brothers’ destiny. MeeVee sat down with the two busy stars of Supernatural between tapings to capture this exclusive interview.

Is there a big difference between this second season and the show's first?
Jared Padalecki: We both feel it’s a better series [now] than Season One. There’s a lot to be proud of in Season One, but we wanted Season Two to be better. We learned from a lot of mistakes in Season One, so we’re taking more chances and trying to step up the game a little bit. We kill ourselves to give it maturity and sophistication. In Season One, we were just worried about not making it a horror movie every week. This year we’re focused on the characters and giving them depth, complexity, and intricate storylines.

How is the series progressing toward those goals?
Jensen Ackles: I think it’s going really well. At the beginning, I was concerned about where it was going to go. It seems to be all going, though, according to plan, like a giant road map -- which helps us as actors to be consistent from week to week. I’m thrilled with the way things are going, and I know it’s just getting better.


Jared: I’m also very happy with how the season is progressing. I think in the first season, there’s a learning curve for everybody -- the actors are finding the characters, the writers are trying to figure out what works, who’s doing what with dialogue and story. Recently, we’ve been working harder and pushing the envelope. You can really feel now that it’s a well-oiled machine.


Every fan of the show wants to know how the car always gets fixed up each episode?
Jensen: It’s Supernatural! (laughter)

Are you finding that there’s a crossover of Supernatural fans who were avid X-Files watchers?
Jensen: Oh yeah, I’ve definitely run into fans who were big watchers of X-Files who are now fans of Supernatural. I think it’s really the duo journey…like David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson], but Jared is much better looking than Jillian. (laughter)


How much of the show’s success is the relationship of the brothers versus the supernatural?
Jensen: Ninety-nine percent is the relationship between us guys, and the other one percent is what the writers cook up, like vampires and bugs.


With that kind of pressure, how’s the chemistry between you guys, off camera and on?
Jared: It’s pretty effortless. We’re pretty similar and have similar interests, same hobbies. We’re both very laid-back guys. We take our work very seriously, and we like to work on our characters and like to have a good time. We keep the mood on the set fun. We just click. We have a fantastic time, we have a fantastic crew in Vancouver, and it’s all been very organic.


Jensen: I think it’s also just the common love we share for the show. We really look out for each other when we’re working with guest directors, and I think we just truly want this to be a great program. It’s very neat to have that relationship with a costar, very rare.


You told us earlier that you worked until 3:30 a.m. this morning. What do you eventually do in your rare off time in Vancouver?
Jared: We don’t have a lot of down time. That’s not a pity party or anything, we just work a lot. My dogs are up there, so I spend time with my dogs. Sometimes my girlfriend comes up or I’ll come down [to visit her], and work on the script. Even between episodes, you go from finishing an episode on Wednesday and say, “Whew, another one down! I feel good about our work – let’s go have a Coors Light or something.” Then on Thursday, I get handed another 60-page script I have to get used to. So it’s really a lot of work for nine months out of the year. Sometimes the week is a blur, and I realize I forgot to call my mom -- I mean, she might be dead or something. No, there’s not a lot of down time.


Jensen: It is a full, full-time job.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica will be happy to hear that Tricia Helfer is making an appearance on an upcoming show. Any other cool guest stars we should watch for?


Jared: Besides Tricia, as we gear up for the season finale we’re told they’ll be bringing back various characters who have already made an appearance on the show.


What about Amber Benson? She seemed to be an instant fan favorite.
Jensen: We would love to have Amber back, but there are no plans as of yet. We love the character and would love to see her again. But Emmanuelle Vaugier is coming to do an episode -- Episode 17, I think -- where she has lots of hot sex with Jared.

That bedroom reference is a perfect segue to our last question. You work on a show with all kinds of scary stuff -- do you ever have any weird or scary dreams?
Jensen: Nah, I don’t. I mean, when you break these stories down, they becomes sort of businesslike. That thing that goes bump in the night is just a story problem for us, so I don’t think it affects us in that way.


Jared: I don’t think for me either, but as far as the show goes, I love nothing more than hearing somebody say, “Man, it really scared me -- I had to turn away.” Our guest actress Tricia Helfer was talking about a few episodes, and she was like, “Literally I jumped, like, my husband threw food on the floor. I screamed and it scared me.” And it’s so funny to me, because we’re sitting there staring at a piece of tape on the floor or something and running away, and we see it all happen, and we know. I watch the show sometimes and I’m like, “I remember there was a boom [microphone] guy right between my legs.” But I love hearing about scaring people or giving them nightmares, or that they can’t watch it.