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‘Supernatural’ Stars Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles Reunited after 2 Years on the ‘Walker’ Set

Edduin Carvajal
Apr 15, 2022
08:15 A.M.
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Nostalgia hit "Supernatural" fans hard when they saw stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (Dean and Sam Winchester) working together again after two years.

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It is almost impossible not to develop a bond with someone you worked with for over 15 years, and "Supernatural" stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki know it firsthand.

They portrayed brothers Sam and Dean Winchester in the longest-running American sci-fi series in history, but the show ended in 2020. Luckily, Ackles and Padalecki joined forces again for a different project.

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on March 20, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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PADALECKI IN "WALKER"

After shooting to stardom in "Gilmore Girls" and "Supernatural," Padalecki surprised everyone by landing the starring role in "Walker," the reboot of Chuck Norris' "Walker, Texas Ranger." 

The TV series seemed like a perfect fit for Padalecki. Apart from being born and raised in Texas, the actor confessed he liked to play flawed characters that do their best, just like himself.

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on July 23, 2017, in San Diego, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Apart from that, his wife, Genevieve Cortese, also booked a part in the show. It is essential to point out that Cortese and Padalecki worked together in "Supernatural" – she portrayed Ruby, a demon. 

After they tied the knot in 2010, Cortese decided she couldn't nurture her relationship and "do the grind" simultaneously, so she took a break from acting. For years, she focused on raising their three children, launching her blog, and starting a book club.

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Fortunately, "Walker" showrunner Anna Fricke considered it nice to include Cortese in the show, and she didn't even have to think about it to accept.

 He was not surprised by Padalecki's portrayal of Cordell Walker in the new show.

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ACKLES DIRECTING PADALECKI

In "No Such Thing As Fair Play," the 14th episode of "Walker" second season, "Supernatural" fans enjoyed the much-anticipated reunion between Padalecki and Ackles.

They didn't share the screen, though. Instead, Ackles directed his former co-star, and he described it as an incredible experience. Ackles pointed out that being back with someone he had such a great relationship with felt nice, adding

"You don't lose something like that. Spending 15 years building that up, that's never going to go away. So that was fun."

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SAME JOKES, FRESH EARS

Ackles said he spent so much time with Padalecki and knew him as a father, brother, son, and friend, so he was not surprised by Padalecki's portrayal of Cordell Walker in the new show. Instead, it was like a "variation on a theme."

Both actors had a great time working together, with Ackles revealing that they had more fun than the rest of the cast was used to. They were also glad that the same jokes they made for 15 years landed on fresh ears.

Ackles included some "Supernatural" easter eggs in the episode. The most evident was a Kansas performance of "Carry On Wayward Son," the unofficial theme song of the sci-fi series.

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The actor-turned-director also included a green cooler very similar to the one Sam and Dean Winchester used and a scene of a plate of bacon being slapped down like Dean used to do.

We would love to see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki share the screen again. They may do it soon, especially because CW renewed "Walker" for another season. Way to go!

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