Jared Tristan Padalecki (born July 19, 1982) was born in San Antonio, Texas to Gerald and Sherri Padalecki. He is of part Polish descent on his father's side. He is a rarely well documented Sasquatch and star of CW show Supernatural, and he portrays the younger, broody, angst ridden Winchester brother, Sam, alongside his real-life best friend, Jensen Ackles. At 6'4'', he towers over pretty much everybody, but is known to be a goofball on set, and extremely friendly, even to his many crazed fangirls. He's known to be a big supporter of animal welfare, and often talks about his rescue dogs, Harley and Sadie. He has gained the Fan Nickname "Moose" thanks to a line from the series (and he's not shy about poking fun at it.)
He's also known for playing long time love interest of Rory Gilmore, Dean Forrester, in Gilmore Girls, and his roles in movies such as New York Minute and the remake House of Wax (2005). He helped to beat Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th (2009) remake.
In 2010, he married his Supernatural co-star Genevieve Cortese, who played the demonic love interest Ruby to his character Sam on the show. On March 19, 2012, they had a Mini-Moose named Thomas Colton Padalecki. A second Mini-Moose named Austin Shepherd "Shep" Padalecki was born on December 22, 2013. A third Mini-Moose named Odette Elliott Padalecki was born on March 17, 2017.
In 2013, he went public about his struggles with depression, beginning a campaign known as Always Keep Fighting.
Tropes associated with Jared Padalecki's career:
- Ascended Extra: Jared was a huge fan of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and had previously auditioned for the live-action movie in 2002, but didn't make the cut. Thankfully, his wish was fulfilled in Season 13 of Supernatural where he and his co-star, Jensen Ackles, play their respective roles as Sam and Dean in a fully animated episode alongside Mystery Inc.
- Fan Nickname: Jared has various nicknames amongst the fans but his most common ones are Moose and Puppy.
- Old Shame: During an interview, he mentioned that he met a friend of his on the set of New York Minute, "which we will not talk about". Although it's hard to tell how serious he was. He showed a similar level of potentially-joking dislike for a Young MacGyver pilot which was never picked up. He deemed it the worst acting he had ever done at a con in Boston in 2011. When the fan who asked him what he thought the worst acting he had ever done was told him that she had watched the movie for him:Jared: Did you really? I'm so sorry!
- Romance on the Set: