Zap2it On the Scene: PaleyFest 2011
'Supernatural's' Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese on their on-screen reunion
Never fear, loyal Zap2it readers -- when we caught up with Jared Padalecki at the PaleyFest event in Los Angeles, we made sure to get your most burning "Supernatural" question answered:
"No, I do not have a tanning bed in my house," Jared confirms. "As you can probably tell right now. I look like I haven't been outside in thirty years... I do not have a tanning bed in my house, nor pictures of myself on my walls."
We were just kidding, of course.
We were mostly curious about how Jared's wife, Genevieve Padalacki (née Cortese) responded to the idea of returning to "Supernatural" for the meta episode, in which she played a highly exaggerated version of herself. Jared and his co-star Jensen Ackles have generally kept their private lives away from extensive media scrutiny, so we were surprised to see them give viewers a glimpse into even a (very) fictionalized version of their lives.
"It was fun to go 'Hey, we're going to bring your wife back, because Gen played Ruby in Season 4, so to bring her back as herself. I was like, 'Hey baby, would you be up for coming back to 'Supernatural?' And at first she was like, 'No.'"
Genevieve explains that when she first joined the "Supernatural" family in Season 4, she had a rough time stepping into the role of Ruby, previously portrayed by fan favorite Katie Cassidy. Producers asked her to give the character her own spin instead of trying to emulate Cassidy's mannerisms, which didn't go over too well with many fans. The criticism of her performance made her hesitate to return to the show.
"I was just more nervous because it was a very intense experience for me to take over Katie's shoes. We all decided to do it in a different way than how she did it, and there was a lot of backlash. I don't take criticism well," she admits. "I was like, 'What do you mean? I'm doing my job!'"
After Ruby died, Genevieve had no plans to be on the show again. "I got kind of nervous," she says, "And then we got married, and I thought, 'Well this is his show.'"
Once she realized that she wouldn't be playing Ruby, she was immediately on board. "She goes, 'Really? Cool!'" Padalecki says. "She was a great sport, and she had a fun time making fun of ourselves and actors and actresses in general."
"The way [Jared] presented it was so funny," Genevieve adds. "I was like, any chance to make fun of myself, and to make fun of the industry, I'm so there."
Speaking of the industry, Genevieve tells us that she decided to take a year off after their Feb. 27 wedding, but she's ready to get back in the game. "It's pilot season right now, so it's now back to the grind and hoping something pops," she says.
Catch the video interview with the Padaleckis below to hear about their real-life alpaca connection. (No, they don't have one in their backyard.) Stay tuned to Zap2it for tons more from your favorite "Supernatural" stars and in the meantime, sound off in our comments!
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