Danneel and Jensen Ackles | Source: Getty Images
Danneel and Jensen Ackles | Source: Getty Images

Jensen Ackles Fell in Love with Wife Danneel Ackles on a Movie Set - Look inside Their Relationship

Manuela Cardiga
Oct 28, 2022
01:44 P.M.

Model and actress Danneel Ackles is married to Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester, one of the main characters of the hit TV series "Supernatural."


For over a decade, Jensen Ackles, the man audiences know best as the tortured, but footloose-and-fancy-free Dean Winchester from the hit TV series "Supernatural," has been happily married to model and actress Danneel Harris Ackles.

"Supernatural" fans will know Danneel Ackles, Jensen Ackles' wife, as the compassionate angel Anael, who chooses to leave heaven to become the faith healer known as "Sister Jo."

Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles at the red carpet at the "SUPERNATURAL" 300TH Episode Celebration in 2018 in Vancouver | Source: Getty Images

Jensen Ackles and Danneel Ackles at the red carpet at the "SUPERNATURAL" 300TH Episode Celebration in 2018 in Vancouver | Source: Getty Images

Meeting Jensen Ackles

Jensen and Danneel had known each other for close to a decade before dating. Danneel, best known as Rachel Gatina from the hit drama "One Tree Hill," and the actor kept bumping into each other since the early 2000s.


Fans of "Supernatural" will be delighted to see Dean Winchester back in action as the narrator of the "Supernatural" spin-off, "The Winchesters."

They became good friends, and until 2006, Danneel was in a relationship with actor/singer Riley Smith. Not long after that, Danneel was cast in the movie "Ten Inch Hero," opposite Jensen.

Falling in Love

While Jensen and Danneel's characters fell in love on-screen, the two actors were busy doing the same thing in real life. The couple has always kept the details of their romance private, but it is known that they dated for the next three years.

Then in May 2010, the couple married in Dallas, Texas, with Jensen's "Supernatural" costar Jared Padalecki as his best man. Funnily enough, just three months before, Danneel and Jensen had attended Jared's wedding to actress Genevieve Cortese.


First Baby


Over the next three years, the newlyweds were inseparable, on the red carpets and at all the conventions and Comic-Con events Jensen attended on behalf of "Supernatural."

Then in January 2013, the couple stunned fans by announcing they were expecting their first child and welcomed their baby girl Justice Jay Ackles in May of the same year.


And Then There Were Five

In August 2016, Jensen and Danneel made another announcement. They were expecting again, and this time it was a double delivery, twins, born in December of the same year.

The proud mom and dad named their new daughter Arrow but couldn't settle on a name for their son, who was nameless for several days until his dad "found" his name.


When his son was born, Jensen was inspired by the fact that his umbilical cord was tied into a loose knot, which might have been life-threatening. Jensen said:

"Thinking about that, while thinking about a name, I was like, hmm. I went onto a sailing knot site — like names of knots and at the very end was the zeppelin bend."

The name is unusual, but it suits the sweet-faced boy, and the Ackles family has always been anything but conventional in choosing their children's names.


The trio is growing up fast, and Justice Jay, affectionately known as JJ, in July 2022, was her dad's +1 at the premiere of the Disney+ movie Zombies 3. It was her first red-carpet walk, and she rocked it like a pro.

The twins graduated from preschool in June 2022 and are about to start the big adventure of primary school. Still, Jensen has already expressed some misgivings after the Uvalde school shootings. He said:

"I was celebrating them and excited for them, but at the same time, in the back of my head, I was like, 'I'm glad I don't have to put my kids back in school for the next however long.'"


The Ackles are educating their little ones to be kind, loving, and inclusive, accepting people of all colors, creeds, and sexual orientations.

Danneel posted a photo of herself and her three children under a sparkling rainbow. The twins are wearing Pride T-shirts, and Daneel captioned the snap:

"Happy Pride! Our family is celebrating the values we hold true all year. Inclusion, Diversity, and Love. We strive to always give acceptance to those around us. We honor all of those in the LGBTQIA community."


Meet the New Winchesters

Jensen is now starring in the third season of the Warner Bros. superhero series, "The Boys," which follows the adventures of a group of vigilantes dedicated to bringing corrupt superheroes to justice.

Jensen is Soldier Boy, a powerful but naive man who cannot understand that the world and the people surrounding him are intrinsically corrupt.

Fans of "Supernatural" will be delighted to see Dean Winchester back in action as the narrator of the "Supernatural" spin-off, "The Winchesters." The prequel follows the adventures of Dean and Sam's parents, how they met, and how the family business of monster hunting began.

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