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Jensen Ackles in LA: Chaps or Jeans? Neither!

February 18, 2011

photo courtesy of Oscar Benjamin

As promised, another report from the Salute to Supernatural con in LA this past weekend – this one from the kinda-sorta-private Q & A with Jensen Ackles, who joined the small room full of fans and sank into his chair with a grateful sigh.

Fan: Feels good to sit down?

Jensen: It does, yes – photos with Jared can be exhausting!

Actually he’s being pretty accurate, from what we saw of the ‘J2 sandwich’ photo ops. The boys were both in a playful mood, which resulted in at least a thousand hugs, several rounds of Harry Potter wand-waving, a slew of hysterical poses and a lot of very happy fans. And a tired Jensen.

One of our fellow aca-fans pointed out that the room looked disturbingly like a thesis defense, which gave Lynn flashbacks of dissertation committee interrogations. Luckily Jensen was reminded of something far more pleasant.

Jensen: Or we could have James Lipton (from Inside the Actors Studio) next to me. You know you’ve made it when you’re there, right?

We have no doubt he’ll be in that chair one day, but for now, the fans were the ones asking questions.

Fan: A lot of the actors who guest on the show say very complimentary things about you and Jared, that
you’re a very thoughtful and giving actor. I was wondering what you thought about why.

Jensen: (laughing) Why do people compliment me? I think because we pay them!

He went on to answer more seriously, putting at least half of the credit right back on the other actor. If he’s getting a good performance from the other actor, it helps him give a good performance back. He and Jared, because they’re on set every day, can give and give back pretty easily. They don’t have to break down very scene like they would if Supernatural was a new project. Because they’ve done 130 episodes, they know the characters, know how they’d react in a given situation, know their relationships with other people, so they’re able to use the tools they’ve refined and utilize them pretty well.

At this point, the Q & A was suddenly interrupted by the unexpected and alarmingly loud chirp of crickets, which cracked Jensen up.

Jensen: We do that on set sometimes – somebody’s telling a story and someone has an iPhone and we’ll just hit the crickets and the person is like, all right, all right, I’ll shut up!

Fans (gasping): No no no, that didn’t mean shut up!!!

Jensen: Okay…..So I think Jared and I can rely more on that spontaneity from the scene. If it’s a long scene we’ll run lines, but as Kim Manners used to say, the important part of the scene is the nuances of the scene, and the nuances we don’t find until we’re on set and the cameras are rolling. And we may get it in the first take or in the 2nd or 3rd take. Usually they start with a wide shot so you’re not getting all the tight stuff – you know, the show is very close, so the wide shots kinda give us an opportunity to get into the scene and find those nuances, so by the time they get into the close ups, we’re in it. And we’ve been fortunate to ave a lot of very good guest cast, and they give us something and we’re able to give back.

Okay, we admit it – we love hearing Jensen geek out about the nuances of filming, especially when he talks with such respect and gratitude about what he and Jared learned from Kim. Most SPN fans are just as geeky about Show as the boys, so hearing about the process of filming is always a treat.

Next a fan asked the ‘Batman’ question, ie why was Dean’s voice more natural in the first season, and later it got more gravelly.

Fan: I wonder if that was intentional, or if you just hung around Jeffrey Dean Morgan or Fredric Lehne too long?

Gotta say, we love that SPN fans can go toe to toe with most of the cast when it comes to snarky sense of humor.

Jensen: Well, (a) I got older. I was 26 and now I’m gonna be 33, so I think my voice has just gotten deeper. And I also think it became a characteristic of the character – I made two character choices. One, his father had a gruff voice, and two, it kinda makes him a little older than Sam. Season one I was still trying to find he character, and I was still using a lot of Jensen to play Dean. I would say around mid season two or season three, there was this sense of okay, Dean is now this complete character that I play, and I separated the two entities completely. And it’s crazy because a lot of tv shows, they’re on like a season or even a half a season and they get cancelled, and they never even got to explore and find their character, or find the relationships between the characters, and that’s unfortunate.

The fans obviously agree – it’s the richness of the characters and their relationships that got us all hooked on the show, after all.

Having just watched Jensen’s antics playing with the sword in the stone in a recent episode, the next question was about his comedic acting. Where does that come from?

Jensen: Comedy? My father. My dad is a big ham and growing up there was a lot of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Pink Panther and Monty Python, so there was a lot of that physical comedy slapstick, and it always made him laugh. And I figured if I could make my dad laugh, that’s gonna make me happy. Now there’s nother figure that’s come into my life since Supernatural that I want to make laugh as well, and that’s Bob Singer. I know if I can make that grumpy old guy laugh, I know I’m doing something funny. He’ll be like, ‘you got me there.’ So my dad and Bob, if I can make those two guys laugh, then I’m content.

Fans: Us too! (And now we’re picturing Jensen at the Ministry of Silly Walks, or clamoring for more Spam, or fighting off a killer rabbit…..we might share his affinity for Monty Python just a wee bit).

Jensen: Comedic timing, it’s almost something that, I don’t know if you can really learn it – or teach it – it feels to me like it’s just something that you can do, like either you can sing or you can’t sing. You can work on what you have but if somebody’s tone deaf, you’re not gonna be able to sing. And some people just have comedic timing and some people don’t. I think I’ve got a little bit, so I try to utilize it as much as possible.

Fans: A little bit? Have you SEEN the show??

Next fan question: You’ve been on YouTube a lot…

Jensen: That’s your fault!

Fans: *look shifty*

Fan (undeterred): These professional interviewers are so mean to you, so unprofessional. Do they at least run the questions by you ahead of time? I always feel so sorry for you….

Jensen: (looking vaguely horrified) What interviews have you been watching??

Turns out one of the clips was from Jensen’s appearance on Chelsea Lately. If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a YouTube search, and actually is one of our favorites.

Lynn: That’s just Chelsea.

Jensen: Yeah, that is – you kinda know what you’re getting into, and I’ve watched enough of her show to understand her bit. I think I got out pretty unscathed, I mean I’ve seen some people get absolutely reamed. It’s like those restaurants you go to sometimes and the waiters treat you bad on purpose. I knew there was gonna be some give and take, some sarcasm and sharp wit, so I was prepared.

Sarcasm and sharp wit indeed – we’d say Jensen more than held his own with Ms. Handler. And then some.

Jensen: A lot of those interviews came when the show was just getting going, and because it was a show that was highly publicized its first season, because it was on the WB, and then hasn’t really been publicized ever since (by the CW)…

Fans: No, really? We hadn’t noticed! *drips sarcasm*

Jensen: So it kinda flies under the radar for journalists and the entertainment industry. We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve carved out an awesome fanbase who keep us alive – so thank you guys.

Fans: *are beaming*

Jensen: But as far as journalists, you never see Jared or me on the cover of any of those rag magazines,
they never talk about us on TMZ, so a lot of times we get a journalist, they don’t know the show, they’re just asking random questions. Sometimes that can lead to an odd situation maybe, but you’ve gotta be prepared for everything. Even when I did the Jimmy Kimmel Show he threw some curveballs at me.

Fans: And what she threw at you (meaning the other guest that night).

Jensen: And what she threw at me, yaa! Do you curl your eyelashes? Really?

Fans (silently): Well, they are sorta amazingly long and kinda…..uhh, never mind. Go on.

Jensen: So yeah, you just gotta be on your toes.

The next question was one most of fandom has been pondering, along with various other fantasies and flights of imagination that probably belong on LJ instead of in this blog.

Fan: Western episode. Chaps or jeans?

Jensen: Uh, neither.

Fans (silently, but barely): OMG, you mean??? Oh wait, that was fantasy, wasn’t it? Our bad.

Jensen (courteously ignoring the sudden detour taken by fans’ imaginations): We’re actually going throwback realistic late 18th century, so I’ve got like the wool cowboy pants on that sit way up with a high waist, and suspenders, and a duster.

Fans (still a little bit caught up in previously noted fantasies…): Oooooh, dusters are always hot.

Jensen: Diane, our costume designer, ordered an Australian oilskin, and there are only a couple of companies that make this kind of material. But she didn’t want to do an Australian duster, she wanted to do an old cowboy duster. So they agreed to send her the material and she designed my coat and they actually built the coat. So that’s a one of a kind coat…..a one of a kind coat that will be coming home with me.

Fans (still caught up…..oh, never mind. Snap out of it, people!)

photo courtesy of Oscar Benjamin

The next question took a u-turn from the sexy to the sweet, thereby allowing everyone to calm down.

Fan: If you were raised in a religious household, and then you get this script and it’s like God is dead, angels are dicks, do you think ohgod, I’m gonna get struck by lightning?

Jensen: My grandma has a white courtesy phone directly to the big guy, so I feel completely covered.

He did say that he sometimes has to remind his grandma that it’s just make believe, that Jensen is not really Dean, and he’s saying the words that writers write and playing a character. We sympathize with her though – who wouldn’t want Dean Winchester to walk off the page and into real life??

Preferably in that duster we talked about. Or did someone mention chaps?

Another fan asked an interesting question about the progression of the show and its audience.

Fan: I feel like the series was geared toward men in the beginning. How do you feel now about having mostly women watching?

Jensen: Well we even have a woman running the show now. And I do know that they listen to the fans, and that plays a role in whether or not they keep a certain character on and whether or not they go in a certain direction in the storyline. So I think they gear it toward our fan base period, and it just happens that the majority of our fan base is women. But the other day, I had a fifty year old guy come up to me and he just stopped with his family and was like hey, I really enjoy your show. One of my favorite times was at the airport in Boise after Jared’s wedding, and I went through security and this guy, like a grampa, was checking IDs. He looked at the ID, looked at me, looked back at it, and then he was like, ‘enjoy the show.’ It caught me so off guard. Just when I think I’ve tagged what the fanbase is!

The next question was ours, and as usual, Jensen didn’t disappoint with his thoughtful answer. In the earlier Q & A sessions that day, more than once Jared and Jensen were asked what their disturbing/crazy fan encounter was. We’ve spent the last several years writing books about fan psychology and attempting to dispute that lingering sense of internalized shame that fans seem mired in, so those questions always make us grit our teeth. How come nobody is asking about their best, most heartwarming, most inspiring fan ncounters??

Lynn: You speak so genuinely and respectfully about the fans, which I think fans really appreciate, and which isn’t really the usual media representation of fans — that’s a lot more negative. Was there a point where you were sort of surprised, that you had expected something scarier or more negative, and then you met fandom and that changed?

Jensen: Yeah, in fact I would even say that in the beginning I was much more hesitant. I don’t know if guarded is the right word, but there was definitely more of a hesitation than the embracing of fans. But what I’ve learned is that the hesitation came from just the few bad apples who give fans that kind of negative vibe. And it took things like this, meeting the fans and being part of the show, having the response from people who really enjoy the show and are entertained by it and by my work, the more I realize that is a necessary connection and I think really important. And when you think about it, that’s really very flattering. When it comes down to it, you guys keep us employed. If we didn’t have people watching, we wouldn’t be on the air. So you know, this is an undeniable appreciation from me. And I think on a personal level – I mean, my mom is a fan of tv shows, and I think my mom is an angel on earth, so I have no reason to believe that people like that aren’t right here in this room too.

Lynn (trying not to sound a wee bit choked up): Your appreciation really comes through, and I think it’s appreciated right back.

Jensen: Well, I hope it’s a mutual feeling, and from my end I want you to know it is.

Fans: (are beaming again)

Jensen was also asked about his most embarrassing moment on set.

Jensen: I haven’t had any horrible wardrobe malfunctions….I don’t know! All I can think about are Jared’s….

He was also asked what he sees as Dean’s personal arc this season.

Jensen: This was for me a kinda highly anticipated season, a changing of the guard, and I didn’t know what to expect. And in the first ten episodes, it was predominantly Dean. It was Dean trying to get Sam back to Sam, and dealing with getting back into hunting and leaving this family he spent a year trying to be part of. So it was very Dean heavy and I was getting exhausted. I called Sera and Bob and said look guys, I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t tell you right now that I’m starting to redline. And Bob said something I’ll never forget – he said listen Jensen, we don’t want that to happen, we want to protect you as much as we can, but this isn’t like turning around a rowboat, this is like turning around a cruise ship. So the last five or six episodes, there will be more of Heaven, and Castiel and Balthazar and Crowley, so it’s gonna get that apocalyptic storyline and Dean will just be Dean – you know, runnin’ and gunnin’. Which is good, because I need a break. I don’t know, but I’m hoping for a really solid storyline for season 7. I think this was a bit of an experimental season, and I really liked it, but it was a heavy workload even though they were really good episodes.

Fan: Is there anyone you’ve worked with before that you’ve tried really hard to get on SPN?

Jensen (laughing): Well I’ve been trying to get Jeffrey Dean Morgan back for a long time and its funny, he would too, but he’s constantly working. We actually had dinner last weekend and he was like man, I wanna come back but I’m doing this movie and I’ve got another one lined up and I’ve got this new show in Miami next fall…he’s a busy guy. I really wish we could have gotten Patrick Lussier the director from My Bloody Valentine to do one but he’s doing massive projects now. You always want to surround yourself with talented people and I think we’ve been very fortunate, not only with directors but with cast. Sometimes we get a director or guest cast that doesn’t seem to get our show – not to say that they’re bad, just some people get it and some people don’t.

The fans in the room – who most definitely get it – nodded their agreement.

Fan: How do Icarus and Oscar (Jensen and Danneel’s dogs, old and new) get along?

Jensen: Well, golden retrievers can be a little mouthy, so Oscar constantly has Icarus’ neck in his mouth, but he’s just playing. It’s good for Icarus because he’s got a playmate, but after a while he gets sick of it and lets Oscar know. He runs the show – you know, his two buddies have been Harley and Sadie for six years now, so he can handle himself just fine.

We had the pleasure of meeting Icarus, Harley and Sadie a while ago, and somehow we have no trouble
believing that.

At that point, while fans were busy oohing and awwwing about the adorable dog stories, it was announced that the next question would unfortunately be the last.

Fan: is there anything you’d like to experience, or would change, if you could time travel?

Jensen (gleeful): Time travel, that would be awesome! But I don’t know that I would go back and change
anything in my own life. There are things in history I’d change – I’d love to evacuate the World Trade Center before 9 am on that Tuesday morning, but I don’t think for me, my mistakes and my triumphs have led me here, and I’m pretty happy with what I have. But time travel would be cool, and I definitely would go back to the old West. Although we did it kinda raw and gritty (on the show), not like fancy, but women with yellow teeth and it was dirty and gross. One of Dean’s lines is “This isn’t awesome at all!”

The Q & A, on the other hand, kinda was.

Look for our next article – a candid interview with Matt Cohen, young John Winchester, coming up soon!

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  1. February 18, 2011 1:43 pm

    Oh, this is adorable! I’d love to be in one of these sessions, but at least I’ve got you lovely ladies to stand in for me. Thanks for sharing!

    And I really want MORE: when is the book coming out, so I can buy copies for friends as well as for me? *puppy-dog eyes*

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:39 pm

      You’re very welcome — passing your puppy dog eyes on to agent and publishers. Do they work as well as Sammy’s?? :)

  2. February 18, 2011 1:56 pm

    Just fantastic, thanks so much for sharing! Jensen is such a terrific guy, very forthcoming and funny. I would love to get in on one of these interviews, but for too many reasons, it will have to be in my dreams

    Love,
    Robin

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:39 pm

      You’re welcome – and we completely agree!

  3. Karen permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:01 pm

    Guys this is an *awesome* interview. Reminds me of all the reasons why I love this show and respect Jensen (and Jared and all the rest) so much. Thank you.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:40 pm

      Exactly — what you said! And we love the reminders :)

  4. February 18, 2011 2:05 pm

    I just love those private Q&As and your report – and Jensen! Thank you so much for posting!
    I’m fortunate (or really crazy according to my bank account) to meet him for one of those soon – although now I have to prepare a new question because he already answered the question about Dean’s changing voice. Our fandom rocks. Glad to hear that Jensen sees it that way too.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:41 pm

      Our fandom absolutely rocks, and it’s nice to know the feeling is mutual. Have a wonderful time at the upcoming con — we’re sure you’ll come up with an interesting question, and look forward to hearing the answer!

  5. Borgmama1of5 permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:08 pm

    As always, your articles rock because of the abundance of details–it’s almost as good as being there! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us!

    Can’t wait for the book–any potential publishing date?

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:41 pm

      You’re welcome, we love to share — fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers…. :)

  6. Elle Dee permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:32 pm

    Thanks so much for this article!! I am a latecomer to the show (*kicking my own butt across the room for being such*) and I have become obsolutely enamored! I have never seen a show that has touched my heart so many times and so often as Supernatural. I have been a long time fan of the genre, so being able to feed my guilty pleasure AND be thoroughly entertained by superb writing and top-notch acting is the two cherries on top! I really enjoyed the discussion of fandom as I am, myself, struggling with the internalized shame of being a forty-something “fangirl”. Also, I am struggling with the shock of actually hearing that “SQUEEE” come out of my mouth when the Season 6 premiere came on (never ever SQUEED over Shawn Cassidy!). I will be attending the NashCon (con virgin) and am actually quite nervous. I do feel a little better knowing that the cast does not view us, the fandom, as stark raving mad. Though I am fervently hoping that I do not faint or revert to some verbally-challenged pre-human state when it comes time for my “sandwich” picture! I am eagerly awaiting the release of y’all’s book (yep, from Texas) so I can read it, hand it to my husband and say “See, I am not addicted!”

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 5:02 pm

      We can most definitely relate — and are sure you’ll have a fabulous time at the Nashville con. The boys, and actually everyone who makes the show, seem to genuinely respect and appreciate the fans — so don’t bother worrying, just enjoy! And we hope your hubby’s reading of Fangasmthebook when it comes out will be therapeutic – for both of you :)

  7. Liz permalink
    February 18, 2011 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the recap, however, from my understanding there was more to Jensen’s answer regarding his arc than what is included in this article. Can you post Jensen’s entire answer? Thank you.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:45 pm

      This is pretty much what we got — not the entire Q&A by any means, but the best we could do. Thanks for reading!

  8. candygramme permalink
    February 18, 2011 3:25 pm

    He’s just adorable. I sometimes think that it just isn’t fair, and that he should share some of his abilities etc. because he seems to have it all, and he still seems to be unspoiled. Thanks for posting the report. I’m looking forward to Matt’s interview.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 18, 2011 10:46 pm

      Unfair indeed — but I figure we’re lucky to have guys like Jared and Jensen in our fandom :)

      Matt’s interview was fascinating, full of surprises, very candid and open and thoughtful. Where does Show find all these amazing guest actors?? Stay tuned!

  9. Lucy permalink
    February 18, 2011 4:09 pm

    Loved your interview! Jensen seems like such a generous and warm person.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 12:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed — and we definitely agree :)

  10. Erica permalink
    February 18, 2011 5:01 pm

    Thanks so much for such a wonderfully detailed account! I love reading your stuff cuz it makes me feel like I’m there.

    I’ve been a Jensen and Dean girl from the very beginning (and that is NOT to say that I don’t like and admire Jared too…cuz I do!) so I love getting these reports and learning that he really is the awesome guy he seems to be. Wow was that a long sentence! Anyway I just loving hearing about experiences people have with Jensen (and Jared and ALL the others) and learning that all these folks really are cool, kind, down-to-earth folks.

    I chose a kickass fandom to belong to! :D

    Sooooooo…have you got a publishing date for Fangasm The Book that I can put into my calendar? I’m chomping at the bit to have that book in my hands!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 12:58 am

      That’s exactly how we feel – we chose a kickass fandom to belong to! I really hope all the good vibes on here are making their way to publishers’ desks….. thank you for that :)

  11. Rochelle permalink
    February 18, 2011 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I always enjoy them! I was blessed enough to be there and I think you did an awesome job of ‘getting it right’……especially the fan girl thoughts :) Thank you, again, and look forward to future recaps!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:59 pm

      Well hey, hello again then! That really means alot, thank you so much for the feedback — we try to do just that, ‘get it right’, but of course we all have different fannish experiences (even sitting in the same room!) Thanks again, Rochelle :)

  12. cls permalink
    February 18, 2011 5:53 pm

    Nice article, thanks! I was wondering if you sat in on Jared’s Q&A? At the last con, you did Jensen as well; I need some Jared! Also, did Jensen continue on with that answer about Jared’s wardrobe malfunctions or did you just not print the rest of his answer? ;-))

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:58 pm

      We just promised about a dozen people that we’d do better with covering Jared’s Q&A in the future – we have quite a bit from Jared in the actual book, but we need more current bits here also. Jensen didn’t elaborate on what Jared’s embarrassing on-set moments might have been, but the fact that they jumped to mind so quickly sure makes us wonder…. :)

  13. Hana permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:01 pm

    Agree! That was SO awesome! Thank you so much. Can’t say how much I enjoyed it.
    Jensen is as perfect as ever and really really adorable. Hope to see him in the greatest places so soon, cuz he sure deserves it.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 12:59 am

      We have a feeling there are plenty of good things to come — very glad you enjoyed!

  14. sabro permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:12 pm

    You know, Jensen and Jared always sound so articulate that it is particularly grating when the reporters chime in with their cutesy, unprofessional little ‘asides’, like “gave Lynn flashbacks…” type thing. It sounds extremely amatuerish and throws the reader right out of the interview. We don’t care about what the reporter’s backgrounds or issues are, we want the interview and we want to form our own opinions. Sorry, I’ve tried to read numerous interviews by you and instead of college professors, you come off sounding like high school student reporters. If you’re going to be acting as reporters, then do the job of reporters, fan girl at the end of the report or something, where it doesn’t interfer. Also, commenting on other fangirls and what you assume they are thinking – very annoying and again, it is not reporting and sounds like you are a young impressionable teenager.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:48 pm

      This is our for-fun blog (though it sounds like it isn’t much fun for you!), hence the humorous take (again, not all that humorous for you, clearly – so apologies for that). You are quite correct that we’re not journalists or reporters, we write this particular blog for fun and to share what we readily admit is often a less-than-objective squeeful experience. If you want objectivity, our academic publications and print articles are full of it – this is so NOT that book. There are plenty of other reports out there that just tell it like it was though – check out the superwiki for an exhaustive catalog, and we very much hope you find the coverage you’re wanting in the format that works for you.

      • RisenShine permalink
        February 19, 2011 11:32 pm

        just had to reply on this one, because those little comments showing a bit of your own fangirling makes your interviews so entertaining and special for me although it might feel different to others.
        Also, I have no problems with you trying to interpret other fans minds – at least with your comment about me you were dead on ;)

  15. tina permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:23 pm

    Nice interview however has much has I love Jensen it would be nice if you did a few reports where Jared is concerned .

    • Sharon permalink
      February 18, 2011 8:38 pm

      Ditto to what Tina said. I love and enjoy (and read more than once!) your interviews with Jensen…but I’d like to read some one-on-one with Jared too. Thank you!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:03 am

      You are absolutely 100% right! We started out as Dean!girls, as you can probably tell, but we love Sam almost as much as Dean does — and Jared has so impressed us as a talented actor and more importantly, an amazing human being. I think you’ll like our chats with Jared in Fangasmthebook, but we need more JP here too :)

  16. Laura permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:44 pm

    This was a nice session with Jensen. Will there be one with Jared, too?

    I would also hope that if Jensen is tired of working, that Jared be allowed to take up the slack so the show can give us more Sam focus, rather than focus on side characters I don’t care about very much, amusing at they are.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:50 pm

      We’ve now promised about a dozen people more Jared coverage – we promise! We don’t have any inside info, but my guess is you’ll see alot of Sam focus coming up — agreed about most of us just wanting more of the boys :)

  17. samantha permalink
    February 18, 2011 6:55 pm

    he said he’s hoping for a solid character arc in season 7.
    does this mean there really will be a season 7??

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:50 pm

      Our interpretation of what he said was more in the “if there’s a season 7, I’d hope for…” But our fingers are remaining tightly crossed :)

  18. MCM permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:05 pm

    as always, thank you for providing these reports to those of us who live vicariously thru your experiences. :D although i was also at the con i did not attend this so your report enhances my memories of a fun weekend.
    good luck w/your publisher; i hope you hear good news soon.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:04 am

      From your words to the publishers’ ears!! Thank you so much for your good wishes, and we’re thrilled you enjoyed the report — and the con! :)

  19. Jillyanne permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:12 pm

    Once again – THANK YOU :)
    The more I hear the more I appreciate what a genuinely warm, intelligent, talented and overall NICE man Jensen is.
    I noticed this: ” So the last five or six episodes, there will be more of Heaven, and Castiel and Balthazar and Crowley,….. ”
    So does that mean Crowley will be back? Or will there just be massive fallout from Crowley’s manoeuvrings? Can’t wait to find out. (I’d love Crowley to be back)

    It’s always so great to hear how much Jensen appreciates the fans…thanks again for a fantastic article :)

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:05 am

      Hard to say how much of a spoiler that was, and I think most of us didn’t want to ask for more details to stay unspoiled — either way, whether it’s a mention or an appearance, we look forward to anything and everything Crowley :) Glad you enjoyed!

  20. Elly permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:28 pm

    Aww, you made my heart melt again, thank you so, so much, ladies!!
    I wasn’t there, but I’m beaming right now, thanks to you and Jensen ♥

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:06 am

      And now we’re beaming right along with you :) So glad you enjoyed!

  21. Fortlifh permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:32 pm

    Thank you for this!

    However, Jensen talking about this season has me worried. It seems he cleverly deflected questions about his storyline this season and I can’t say I’m surprised to hear he’s exhausted: a heavy workload and no payoff will do that. Also, hearing where the emphasis will be the 2nd half of the season dashes all my hopes that something good is coming for Dean. Yeah, sorry, not a fan of this season. Like Jensen, I hope there will be a good solid storyline for Dean next season.

    Anyway, enjoying your reports and looking forward to your book!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:51 pm

      Not sure we won’t enjoy more of Dean ‘runnin and gunnin’ for the balance of this season though – that sounds pretty damn good! Fingers crossed for S7 :)

  22. Chris permalink
    February 18, 2011 7:33 pm

    What a fantastic report! Jensen is just so lovely and articulate, isn’t he? I love hearing him talk about the show, the acting process, the fans, and thinking his mom is “an angel on earth”… aw, Jensen!

    This is the best report on Jensen’s M&G I’ve read yet. Thank you so much for your attention to the details and impressions in your reports. Keep up the great work!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:52 pm

      Very glad you’re enjoying our fannish adventures along with us – thank you so much for reading and letting us know!

  23. Becky permalink
    February 18, 2011 8:26 pm

    Awesome write up as usual ladies. (though I do have to wonder how often you have to charge up the batteries in your tape recorders) …….I love that you have word-for-word answers.

    Can’t wait for the western, it sounds like a lot of fun.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:07 am

      It sounds awesome, doesn’t it? (Believe it or not, we can still take notes in shorthand, which doesn’t require any batteries at all — just a steady hand and lots of notepads. It’s a lost art. LOL) :)

  24. Sunny permalink
    February 18, 2011 9:16 pm

    I agree that I love to read your reports.
    They are always very thoughful and really interesting to read.
    You know what the fans want to know and you always find the right balance between serious journalismus and fanboy comments.
    But what I notice is that you tend a bit more to Jensen.
    I love him with all my heart but I would also love to know what you think about Jared or his his private time with thte fans was.
    Anyway thank you for your report!!!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:10 am

      We just copped to that in a comment above — our fannish history as Dean!girls is showing. There’s alot from Jared, who has given us some very thoughtful interviews, in Fangasmthebook — but we definitely need some updates on the blog here. Thanks for your wonderful feedback about striking a balance in coverage here, and for the gentle reminder :)

  25. Vanda -Deanie_24 permalink
    February 18, 2011 9:27 pm

    Another incredible report from you, thank you so much for sharing withthose of us who couldn’t be there! great questions too apart for that one about the chaps. I love the sincerity with which Jensen responds. Bless him!

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 1:11 am

      You’re very welcome — LOL to the jeans or chaps question, and Jensen’s ability to answer just about anything! :)

  26. Jedaqia permalink
    February 19, 2011 5:11 am

    I think there is a major spoiler here. Crowleys coming back.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:53 pm

      Hard to say – he just sort of ran the characters off, so it wasn’t clear if he’s coming back or just mentioned in the storyline again. But frankly, we’re hoping it’s the former :)

  27. sojourn permalink
    February 19, 2011 7:24 am

    You made me fall in love a little more with Jensen, and I didn’t think that possible. He’s not only a fabulous actor, but as glimpsed from your in depth and detailed article, he’s a very sweet and down-to-earth guy. Please continue giving more such glimpses of my favorite actor.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:54 pm

      He really does seem to be just that, from all we’ve seen and heard, and from the one-on-one interviews we’ve done with him in the past for the book too. Stay tuned for more!

  28. JoAnne permalink
    February 19, 2011 7:30 am

    Thank you so very much for this lovely report! Jensen is such a wonderfully talented and nice man. It was interesting to read about some of his feelings about season 6 and hopefully *fingers crossed* a season 7!

    Thank you again for this great article/review!!!

    JoAnne

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:55 pm

      Fingers crossed right along with you, JoAnne!!

  29. Zazreil permalink
    February 19, 2011 7:43 am

    Chelsea was nothing compared to the radio interview in Australia – I still can’t believe the interviewer asked the Js if they had ever slept with any fans.

    LOL and my mind was no where near as dirty as yours ladies – but I must admit I was trying to remember what other kind of pants they wore in the old West – I am glad Jensen elaborated because I was starting to wonder if he was wearing hide trousers like Bill Cody is sometimes but I could not remember the term Buckskin

    Are you going to write up Jared’s as well – he was quite amusing talking about that episode – and also it was interesting to hear him discuss about how he handled portraying a serial killer mentality

    • spnfans permalink
      February 19, 2011 4:56 pm

      That question will probably always be the gold standard of inappropriate. LOL. Were you at Jared’s Q&A? We, alas, were not – though we’ve promised to rectify that in the future. We’d love to hear more if you were fortunate enough to be there!

  30. Yuri permalink
    February 20, 2011 10:18 am

    You know, I just realised something. What effects do they pull to make Jared seem much shorter on TV than as his current height? He looks so GIANT next to Jensen!

    Other than that, this interview is cool and thanks so much for the writeup. :P

    • spnfans permalink
      February 20, 2011 10:52 pm

      You’re most welcome! Jared is tall, isn’t he? Not that Jensen doesn’t tower over us too, for that matter :)

    • coffeegirl18 permalink
      May 7, 2011 6:02 pm

      I read somewhere that Misha Collins (Castiel) has to stand on an apple crate in some scenes since Jared and Jensen are so tall.

      • spnfans permalink
        May 16, 2011 7:31 pm

        I seem to recall having a similar conversation with Richard Speight Jr. at some point. :)

  31. Amy permalink
    February 20, 2011 7:27 pm

    ” I think my mom is an angel on earth, so I have no reason to believe that people like that aren’t right here in this room too.”

    With that comment, Jensen proved that his mom isn’t the only angel on earth, didn’t he? What a touching thing to say about the audience that watches the show.

    On a completely different matter, I had a thought- if you post your agent and publisher’s phone numbers, we can call them directly to encourage them to get a publishing date. What do you think? [insert evil laugh here] :-)

    • spnfans permalink
      February 20, 2011 10:53 pm

      We like the way you think, Amy! Maybe they’ll comply just to escape the fangirl powers that be :) And we so agree about the angel on earth comment – that may be the most heartfelt and positive thing we’ve ever heard anyone say about fans!

  32. LS Gentry permalink
    February 21, 2011 12:24 am

    Great article!! Love the way you put it together. You gave me the juicy meat of Jensen’s Q&A and surrounded it with fun insights into the fan mind.

    • spnfans permalink
      February 25, 2011 4:50 am

      Thank you so much, we’re so glad you enjoyed the combination :)

  33. magichappening permalink
    February 21, 2011 3:31 pm

    Well, this guy is clearly quite ridiculously lovely. And we are running out of superlatives. What does he expect us to do? Make up words now? Where’s that thesaurus? ;)

    • spnfans permalink
      February 25, 2011 4:51 am

      I know, right? We need to come up with some new adjectives for our next article. Will get right on that….. LOL. Thanks for reading!

  34. Dezza permalink
    February 28, 2011 11:34 pm

    He is really sweet and gentle. *.* Thank you for your recap and I’m waiting anxious that supernatural has a 7 season. :D

    • spnfans permalink
      March 7, 2011 12:49 am

      We’re with you! Fingers crossed for Season 7 :)

  35. Trixie permalink
    March 6, 2011 10:09 pm

    Thank you for the lovely report. I’m very happy to hear about Jensen. I’ve always been a Sam fan and it’s nice to know that the person who plays Dean is a wonderful and thoughtful person. Jensen comes across as being intelligent and insightful. Jensen has always seemed to be more of an artist than an actor to me and I think sometimes it’s more difficult for fans to connect with Jensen. But that’s just my opinion.

    Please don’t stop loving Dean, because well, I think we all need balance. I think that online Sam Winchester has a larger presence (but maybe it’s because I’m a Sam fan), so I don’t mind a couple of intelligent women commenting on Jensen/Dean.

    • spnfans permalink
      March 7, 2011 12:51 am

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment – we’ve come to respect the intelligence and generosity of both the actors, and the onscreen characters? What’s Sam without Dean or Dean without Sam anyway? Impossible not to love them both :)

  36. Robin permalink
    September 28, 2014 11:51 am

    Is Ackles religious at all?

    • spnfans permalink*
      September 28, 2014 5:00 pm

      No clue. He was raised that way, I think, but as for current belief system, I don’t think we really know.

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