If there is one thing that is absolutely certain, it’s that Jared Padalecki is very good at his job. It is also common knowledge that genre shows are usually left out of prestigious award ceremonies and are generally lacking in the recognition they often deserve. As a result, there are some very talented actors and actresses who go unrecognized and unrewarded for the brilliant portrayals they bring to the screen.
Jared Padalecki is one of those people. Regularly going up against actors who are just as good as well as oftentimes being seasoned veterans, Jared continually proves to the audience that he can not only hold his own, but go above and beyond what the basic expectations are for his portrayal of Sam Winchester.
Jared has many skills that are incredibly rare in an actor, skills that are apparent to even me, a person who is about as skilled in theater as a fish is on land. As said before, Jared is routinely paired with actors and actresses who are not only extremely good at what they do, but also have three times the experience that he does and each time, Jared holds his own. And not only does he hold his own, but he has chemistry with every single one of them. He listens, he reacts, he responds to what’s going on around him, to the actions of the people he is working with. He’s always present, always alert, always changing and adapting, taking risks and putting so much passion into each of those risks that they nearly always pay off.
And it’s not only the fact that he is naturally a wonderful actor but the fact that the character he is now most known for, Sam Winchester, has been put through the ringer in every single way possible. Jared has played everything from a man without a soul, to an intellectually gifted, empathetic man, a demon and a leviathan, Lucifer himself, an addict, and all the way to a man who lost nearly everything but still managed to save the world.
It’s not to say that he is more talented than his co-stars, but that Jared is just as good. He has a huge amount of talent, of sincerity in his portrayals, of love for what he does and a hell of an ability to adapt and change and knock it out of the park each time. And that needs be recognized and acknowledged as often as possible.
“After I met Tobey at an audition, I felt like I wanted this guy to be my friend. I remember driving back from school and he was doing Hot Rod Brown Class Clown with Whoopi Goldberg outside Hollywood High. It was a high school. And I jumped out of my car in the middle of the scene, as they were shooting, practically.” Leo added, “I was like, ‘Tobey! Tobey! Tobey! Give me your number.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, who are you again?’”