Asylum: Supernatural Report
Asylum report for Jensen and Supernatural. I’ll post a Smallville report, when I manage to steal some quiet time. But honestly, I missed a lot of what was scheduled for the weekend due to clashes in the itinerary. It seemed that a lot of the Supernatural Question and Answer panels were scheduled against the Smallville photo shoots and autograph sessions and vice versa.
The opening panel of the event was Jensen’s which just happened to coincide with Justin Hartley’s photo shoot occurring elsewhere in the building which was pretty much the start of ‘Supernatural or Smallville’, not good for anyone who bought tickets on the basis of both Supernatural and Smallville.
I mean Jensen. Dude! But I wouldn’t have missed Alison Mack or Justin Hartley’s panel for anything. They were both absolutely and equally amazing. I think a lot of people fell so hard for Alison Mack, which I totally understand and Justin, well what can I say, don’t ever walk out of a question and answer panel hosted by Justin Hartley.
Mostly I wanted to hear what the guests had to say so missed the photo shoots, which meant I lost the money I’d pre paid online for them. Remind me to never pre pay for something like that again unless there’s an itinerary available.
I did manage to attend Jensen’s photoshoot even though it meant missing Alan Ritchson’s panel but that was a decision I could live with.
We missed Jensen’s autograph session because I wasn’t going to miss Justin Hartley’s panel. We were assured the numbers for autographs would be updated in the main hall, they weren’t. But it wasn’t such a huge deal seeing as we were there the entire weekned and planned to join the queue along with the higher numbered tickets the following day.
Although others weren’t so lucky. One young girl who was told she missed out on Jensen’s autograph was really upset because she only had tickets for the Saturday. She was standing directly beside us as she tried to explain that the numbers weren’t being updated in the main hall and so people listening to Justin’s panel weren’t aware their batch numbers had been called.
The steward she was trying to explain this to simply told her it wasn’t his problem.
She asked him really nicely if she could join the queue because she’d travelled such a distance and was leaving that night and desperately wanted Jensen’s autograph.
Could he just let one person join the queue seeing as there was no one else there wanting to join and we were willing to wait until the following day.
Yeah, not his problem.
At which point she became quite upset at having to miss Jensen and asked if there was someone else she could talk to.
To which he told her, in a really initimdating manner that any second now a massive guy was about to walk down the corridor…
She could tell it to him.
She left quite visibly upset.
I wish I could say he was the only steward to appear rude to attendees but he wasn’t. Mostly I’ve never seen so many people shouted at, shoved, pushed or talk down to at an event.
I’ve attending lots of events and it’s lovely to see fans interact and smile and bouce and generally having a good time. This seemed to be the event when mostly fans were just queuing, looking harrassed, stressed and generally confused.
And the queues were never ending. The lobby was a nighmare, you couldn’t get to the lifts for the queues at the information desk. You couldn’t get to the stairs for the queues for the autograph sessions and needing a bathroom meant fighting your way through the queues for the photograph sessions.
I left the main hall at one point in need of the bathroom and tried to fight my way through the queue for Jensen’s photoshoot, almost to the top of the stairs I was stopped by a steward demanding to see my photo ticket. I tried explaining that I didn’t want to attend the photoshoot, I was trying to get to the bathroom. The one directly behind the huge queue of people waiting for their photographs.
The most important factor of that conversation for the steward being the lack of a photo ticket because I was shoved backward away from the queue.
I’m not sure I was overly polite in explaining that had it not been for the fact that we were both standing at the top of a stairwell because…
“Hello, how stupid is it to push someone who is already being jostled about at the top of a flight of stairs?”
I would have shown her exactly how effective a push can be.
And if that wasn’t bad enough at one point during the festivities they decided to rearrange the chairs in the main hall because several had been moved. There were about five hundred fans in the hall at the time who were all unceremoniously kicked out into the lobby. Were all the rest of the fans were queuing.
Seven hundred plus people all crowded into one very small space, while several stewards proceeded to bellow at them. No one could move, there was pushing, shoving, somer people refusing to move away from the doors because they’d queued for their seat all day. Others desperate to find an exit, all of which were blocked by other people being jostled about.
One young girl caught in the centre of it became so panicked she had an asthma attack and began struggling to breathe.
So yeah, overall, not so much with the fun.
But the guests were awesome, even if the rest sucked donkey bollocks and couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery.
Seriously, the camera does not do that man justice, he’s so much prettier in person and just how is that even possible? We looked for blemishes and couldn’t find a single one. There was even a comment that there may be people walking around seriously deprived of certain attributes because they were all given to Jensen Ackles.
And he has the most beautiful hands too with really long, nicely shaped fingers.
Also, he’s slimmer than he appears on TV, or slimmer than Dean appears anyway. Maybe it’s all those layers of clothes the boys wear.
He’s also witty, charming, gracious, courteous and has an amazing comedic delivery, he can dead-pan a line perfectly. To top that, he’s also intelligent, and has depth. I loved the way he answered his questions, he elaborated on most of his questions and gave some really thoughtful, intelligent answers. He searched out the person in the audience who was asking the question and maintained eye contact, often leaning forward, hands braced on his knees as he engaged with them and even though his chair was facing at an angle, which meant he had his back to some of the audience on the left he often switched position so he was facing different areas of the audience throughout. I don’t know if it was a conscious thing but it was thoughtful all the same.
He has a very expressive face when he’s talking, an authentic enchantment and I can’t believe I said that but he does. It’s apparent when watching him talk, seeing how his facial expressions emphasised whatever he was describing and visibly showing how it made him feel or affected him. It’s even more apparent when he’s discussing something that amused him or something that he thinks as funny because he seems to pull the most comical facial expressions.
And the man has the most amazing slouch, he seems to melt into the chair, legs spread, one arm draped over the side of the chair, while one foot rests atop the other.
It’s very relaxed and pretty.
He smiles a lot too, and throws his head back when he laughs.
Now tell me, how is it fair that one man can have all that?
And the shy thing?
I didn’t see it in his panels; I’m not saying he isn’t shy because that’s something that became apparent later in the evening when he took to the stage with Jason Manns to sing. His body language was entirely different to how he appeared the rest of the weekend, less confident and little unsure but I doubt there’s anyone who could claim they don’t occasionally lack confidence in at least one area of their life but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have a shy personality.
And yes, he appeared somewhat shy when it came to singing in public but the rest of the time?
He doesn’t appear shy, in fact he appears very confident but somewhat naturally reserved, not to the point of being informal just reserved. When he’s talking about acting, his characters and his career he’s very enthusiastic, animated and very engaging, there appears an openness about his manner, he’s accessible and receptive and he gives generously of his thoughts and feelings regarding his craft.
And Jared, he becomes very animated and enthusiastic when talking about Jared but we’re not allowed to tell Jared that or about any of the nice things Jensen says about Jared because to quote Jensen:
“Just don’t tell him I said any of that because I’ll kill you.”
But he was more reserved in the autograph sessions, still open and accessible and so polite but there was definitely a shift in his body language and manner but not to the point of shyness. Just in a way that seemed to draw less attention to himself and instead shifted the focus to the person standing in front of him, which is good because people attending obviously wanted to be seen by him or some of them did. (Dude, my wall would like to say hello to your wall from way over this side of the reserve barrier) But it also put the other person in the spotlight, which again is good but also very clever on his part.
So I’m not convinced he’s as shy as opinion seems to believe, just more reserved when it comes to areas of his life which aren’t solely based on his career or his public persona. It’s something; I think that reiterates his take on being in the public eye and still retaining a sense of privacy, some semblance of self. He knows how much of himself he’s willing to give; to share, is aware of when and to which areas of his life he’s comfortable doing that and also aware of when he’s more comfortable taking a step back from the spotlight.
Jensen was asked Saturday morning if he had any plans to pursue his singing and he didn't hesitate. The answer was no.
He talked about how singing for him is recreational, how it's something he enjoys and a way to unwind. He also mentioned that he has friends who are musicians, who sing and that listening to them, having that means he knows when to shut up.
But he likes to jam with his friends, play guitar, sing and just enjoy the moment. He then mentioned Jason, how he's a musician, he sings, he then pointed Jason out to the audience and mentioned how he'd be singing this evening.
And then this voice piped out from somewhere in the darkness asking,
"So you gonna jam with me?"
And there was complete silence, from they stage.
Total deer in the headlights, followed by:
"You are so gonna pay for that bud..."
"Well are you?"
To which Jensen replied,
"I'll think about it."
Saturday during Jason's session he asked the audience if they visted Youtube and mentioned how a friend of his had emailed him a link and told him to check it out, he'd find it interesting. He checked out the link that had been viewed over 30 000 times, clicked it and was surpised to see himself singing a duet at a wedding with another friend.
He then played the first few chords of 'Crazy Love', and eyebrowed Jensen, several times until Jensen finally gave in to the pleading looks from Jason and took to the stage to sing Crazy Love.
When asked about Season Three
Okay firstly, he was asked about a season three of Supernatural and he commented that they hadn’t received any news yet but that it looked hopeful. He also mentioned that they had enough material and stories to tell so much more, how Eric Kripke has a book of stories and how when he runs out of those he has so many more in his head.
But later during his Q&A he was asked about the character role reversal for Sam and Dean.
Someone commented that in Season One Dean appeared the more mission driven hunter while Sam appeared the reluctant hunter and how all that changed after John’s death. How Season Two saw the roles reverse and Dean become the reluctant hunter and Sam pushing for the mission and how did Jensen feel about that.
Jensen commented that he was little surprised at first that they were making Sam the driving force. He felt a little like they were pulling the rug out from under him because when he first read the scripts the thing he loved about Dean was his attitude toward hunting, his balance and how that shaped his character and suddenly they wanted to change all that. He said he fought it a little at first and was worried as to how they were going to portray Dean but after a while he realised they’d made the right decision and he really liked the direction they were taking.
He then added that he was a little anxious to see how Season Three developed because a huge mix up is revealed in the upcoming season finale.
The important part of that being, there was no doubt in his voice, no mention of ‘if’ or a possible Season Three, just an assured answer that he seemed to be thinking ahead to how this season finale is going to affect Season Three’
Which yeah, could mean nothing…?
The Wincest Thing
You know, there are certain things you don’t ask someone, me personally, I’d say asking an actor about fanfiction written about their character is one of them. Yeah it’s written, they may be aware it’s written but to bring it to their attention in a public forum?
But that’s just me. I write Wincest, I’ll continue to write Wincest, and personally I don’t want to know if they’re aware it exists or what they think of it. I just want to write it and enjoy reading what others have written.
It’s like asking your parents if they have sex…
See what I mean?
You know they do but do you really want me to bring that fact to your attention?
And yeah, he did refer to ‘Wincest’ first when asked how he felt about the fanfiction written involving Supernatural and its characters.
He commented that they were aware of fanfiction, especially a branch of fanfiction called… Wincest.
Apparently Kim Manners posted them some and he commented on how some fanfiction is based on some crazy ideas.
And some very disturbing ones.
He made light of it and joked a little about how he and Jared had had a good laugh about it.
He then commented that he hoped his grandmother never saw anything like that.
He was also asked a little later about the gay conations of Supernatural and how did he feel about that.
Two Queens etc
People will always try and read into something that’s not there or make light of something that we’re really trying to hit home.”
First of all they’re brothers and second and that’s not the kind of show or conation they are trying to get across.
Jensen commented that Kripke because of some of the fanfiction has tried to make fun of that, as he mentioned earlier, the Wincest. He mentioned that Eric often put certain scenes or comments into episodes as a way of showing just how ridiculous the whole thing is.
But yeah, the gay conation is there to emphasise the ridiculousness of the whole thing.
So, you recovered from the visuals of your parents engaged in horizontal hobbies yet?
His answer to this question totally threw me for six, not the part of being a actor and finding some privacy when you’re in the public eye, which would be how Jensen commented that:
How if you don’t want to be out there then you don’t put yourself out there, sometimes it’s unavoidable but he thinks that sometimes when you see people in the tabloids, they put themselves out there for the attention.
Jensen commented how it’s controllable and how it’s possible to keep some privacy and anonynimity it just means not attending everything.
You can keep yourself private. Only a few of the thousands of actors out there are seen regularly in the tabloids because they make themselves available.
Sometimes it is unavoidable but mostly it can be controlled.
Okay, it’s no secret among the people on my f-list who know me personally but I’m not much of a people person. I’m not shy, and I’m not anti-social. I love people and watching people and seeing people act and interact.
But I love it from the over here, while they’re kind of over there.
I’m comfortable with people I know well, who know as much as its possible to know of me because I don’t share an awful lot. Not the real stuff, the deep, ‘this is me’ honest-to-goodness real stuff.
And yeah, it’s kinda selfish but I like to keep me for me, it’s private and giving that to others feel likes I’m giving myself away, or part of me away that I need to keep for myself because doing that keeps me comfortable and means I remain me and keep hold on to my identity and who I am and yeah…
Jensen was asked about his fans and how the issue of privacy affects that
And he said not all, he loves his fans, it’s because of them that he has a job but at the same time, in order for him to stay sane he has to keep some of himself to himself because you lose your identity if you give it to everyone else and so holding on to some of that for himself helps him as a person.
We know you really want to tell us about the scene in ‘Bugs’, so can you tell us about the bee scene.
Jensen looked amused, sighed and after a moments pause talked about how they had to be tested for anaphylactic shock. That they put some gauze over his and Jared’s arm and then picked up a bee with a pair of tweezers and stuck the stinger in their arm. He mentioned that they only received a small amount of the bee’s toxin but basically, everyone then just stood around waiting to see if either he or Jared went in to anaphylactic shock.
He talked about how they were told the bees were docile and non aggressive, that they wouldn’t sting unless angered and how they weren’t to get over excited or aggressive with the bees.
Jensen mentioned that when the director called ‘action’ how he was supposed to wave his arms about and yell and would that anger them?
The response was,
“Yeah, that’s not good.”
He mentioned how he had to grab hold of a wooden pole and use it to block the hole that the bees were coming through but he noticed that the pole was totally covered in bees and his hands were bare. He figured out that if he kicked the pole the bees would fly off and he could grab it but on the third take one of the bees flew down his pants and stung his backside. He mentioned he’d been stung but that he was okay to carry on the scene but that he noticed the bee was still pumping toxin and how he could feel the throb of the sting etc
But it wasn't just bees.
Jensen commented that he'd rather stick his hand into a bowl of thousands of worms, it doesn't bother him but there was also spiders.
He didn't have to deal with those but Jared had to pick up some big, hairy looking, monster spiders.
He was asked about Dean’s one-liners and which one is his favourite and does he actually have any input as to them.
To which he admitted that yes, a few of them have accidentally come out of his mouth, so yes some of them are due to improvisation or improv lines as they call them but that Dean’s one-liners are very well written, he has some really good ones, like:
“Dude, you fugly.”
Which wasn’t an improvisation but an actual written line.
It was mentioned how a lot of actors don’t watch their own performances but did Jensen.
Apparently he does.
When he’s good.
He mentioned how he’s his own worst critic and that often prevents him from actually watching the show and enjoying the story because he’s often too busy being critical of his performance and analysing it.
But yes, he does watch. He sees it as a form of research because it helps him stay consistent with the show’s storylines and characters.
He talked about how dramatic scenes are the hardest to play and that sometimes he and Jared prefer or often like to have a stunt day. Doing the stunts is less tiring even though they are more physical than the dramatic scenes because acting out scenes that involve tears confuse the mind and body. The mind knows that what you’re doing isn’t real but the body doesn’t so the body is actually going through the emotions and feelings and how that’s tormenting. Afterwards it feels draining and you’re body feels incredibly tired and some days are exhausting and leave him spent because of the nature of the scene and the work involved. If he had to pick between action scenes, dramatic or funny scenes he definitely prefers working on the funny scenes.
Jensen and Jared did originally try pranking each other but decided very early on that it made much more sense that they join forces and stick together on the pranks. But there was one occasion were Jensen snuck in to Jared’s trailer and toilet-papered the entire thing, wall to wall, furnishings and fittings covered in toilet paper. He also mentioned how one of the production crew had some fart spray which he sprayed Jared’s couch with which was kind of the catalyst behind the notion that they should stick together.
On Jared and Jensen and time off
Person asking the question: “What is it you and Jared do do?”
Jensen: “You said do do.”
They don’t do a lot, they work nine months out of the year with not a lot of time off.
Jensen is mainly trying to continue relationships with his friends and family who he rarely gets to see.
They try to stay sane.
They do occasionally go out to dinner or to a bar to try and cling to a sense of normalcy but mostly its sleep and work.
On whether or not he and Jared have nicknames for each other
Apparently Jensen calls Jared ‘Jarhead’ a lot, as a play on Jared’s name and Jared often refers to Jensen as ‘J-Dog’ but that Kim Manners is the one with all the nicknames. He often refers to Jared as:
Sasquatch, Pluto, idiot, moron…
But that’s just because Kim likes Jared so much.
He didn’t elaborate on what Kim called Jensen personally but when talking about Jared during the panels he did refer to him as ‘Jay’ a few times.
On the chemistry between Jared and Jensen
It was as he often claims, instantaneous. They come from very similar backgrounds and family circumstances. It’s something he’s never experienced before never being a lead in show and working with the same person for such a length of time. It’s something they began to take for granted and it wasn’t until they began working with other cast members, mainly guest stars who appeared on the show how much they realised they’re chemistry worked. Jensen often found it difficult to get into his stride when he wasn’t working with Jared and quickly realised how different the chemistry was with other actors. It’s something he’s now learned to appreciate because it’s not something that he’s experienced all that often.
On whether or not working such long hours together causes them to ever get on each other’s nerves.
Yes, sometimes but not often although Jensen did mention that they once squared off against each other on set.
He didn’t elaborate as to what caused it or why it happened other than they work long hours, it was a day when they were both really tired and a little cranky and no matter how much you like a person, occasionally they piss you off.
Like last season when Jared stepped up to Jensen.
Jensen stepped up to Jared in return.
Jared got up in Jensen’s face.
Jensen returned the favour and got right back in Jared’s face.
Jensen then explained and proceeded to demonstrate the production crew’s reaction.
He jumped back in his chair, looked very wide-eyed, covered his mouth with his hand and did a really loud, exaggerated gasp.
He then said, Jared stormed off in the direction of his trailer and slammed the door.
Jensen followed suit and stomped off to his trailer.
After a couple of hours he left his trailer, walked over to Jared’s, knocked on the door and they hugged it out.
On whether Jensen and Jared tease each other
There was a scene where Jensen had to dismantle a gun and he couldn’t quite get it right even after several attempts, which Jared thought was funny. Jensen reminded Jared of the one time Jared had to open a beer can and couldn’t even get that right so…
Jensen teased Jared a lot over that one.
On whether or not they ever worry about working with firearms and being shot at
But the industry is very aware of the dangers of firearms and after the whole incident with Brandon Lee, they’re extra aware and vigilant. It’s an incident that few ever forget. Each firearm is checked and then double checked with every crew member before being used and before the scene it is then brought to the actor who checks it, opens it and checks it again before handing it back.
On whether Jensen researches the firearms used on the show
Yes as much as is possible. He likes to research the guns and weapons they use and have time to play around with them, handle them, and get the feel of them. He thinks it helps to have Dean look confident handling the weapons and know what he’s doing; it also helps him with his role of Dean.
On whether or not they draw on personal experience to act out emotional scenes
But mostly he feels he’s been given a gift, the chemistry between Jared and himself which has developed into a very close friendship both on and off screen. There’s a bond between Jared and himself and it’s something which makes acting emotional scenes easier because watching someone you care about go through something horrible affects you.
Again, it’s something Jensen’s grateful for because he hasn’t developed that kind of relationship with anyone on a show before.
But yes, he does occasionally draw on personal experiences but doing that often takes a while to shake off, sometimes days.
On hearing that Supernatural had been picked up after the Pilot
He called Tom Welling and ribbed him about working in Vancouver and how their show had been picked up and they would be working in Las Angeles because apparently that was the original idea. He poked fun of Tom, claiming they were going to be filming in the sunshine as opposed to the rain only to discover not long after that that the set location had been changed. The producers later informed them that after talks with the networks and such it had been decided that Vancouver was much more cost effective a location and so they were moving the production crew out there.
On how many seasons will there be for Supernatural
"Well we're still waiting to hear about a third season but it's looking good.
We should hear by next week, so keep your fingers crossed."
On how long would Jensen like the show to run for. Is he concerned it could run for too long
"Yes, you never want to over kill something, you want the suspense. You always want to leave them wanting more."
Jensen commented that he'd definitely like to see Supernatural run for several more seasons.
On how he originally read for the role of Sam
He was asked about his original script reading and could he say something Sam like or one of Sam’s lines to which he yelled.
“Dean, salt gun.”
And then he commented on how much he loves it when Sam/Jared says that.
On what Dean’s power would be if the Yellow-Eyed-Demon had chosen Dean instead of Sam
On Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jensen and Jared both feel that working with Jeff raises the bar on both their acting and Jensen wishes Jeff was around more but unfortunately he’s a big movie star but they both know that Jeff loves Supernatural and working on the show and being on set.
Some of Jensen’s proudest moments are when he’s lucky enough to work with both Sam and Dad.
On his ringtone
He doesn’t have one; he always has his cellphone programmed on vibrate because there’s nothing more embarrassing then being in the middle of a scene and your phone going off.
Jared answers his phone in the middle of a scene. A LOT.
Nah, he’s only kidding.
Justin Hartley does though.
On the Metallicar
He loves the car so much that he is working on Kripke to let him have it when the show finally ends. He hasn’t succeeded yet but he isn’t giving up.
On Jensen’s favourite episode
‘Dead in the Water’
Jensen commented that it’s his favourite episode because up until then he was still trying to get to know Dean and what made him tick. During Dead in the Water he made a connection with Dean, they peeled back a few layers and revealed more of Dean’s character, why he is and what motivates him and Jensen feels that’s when he began to understand Dean. Before that he was still trying to understand what it was Kripke wanted for Dean but during the episode the attitude and snark was peeled away to reveal a little of the real Dean and in that moment Jensen felt he got it, he got Dean.
On who Jensen would like to see Dean settle with, romantically
His girlfriend and nobody else.
He’s playing it safe.
On whether or not there’s an aspect of Dean’s character that makes Jensen want to scream
He wishes Dean wouldn’t eat so much.
It’s ridiculous the amount of food Dean eats, on almost every episode.
Jensen commented on how he blames himself because it was his idea for Dean to eat in an early episode and the writers jumped on it thinking it was a very good idea.
He also wishes Dean wasn’t so hard headed but taking that away from Dean would soften him up to the point where Dean’s character wouldn’t be the Dean we know or as effective as Dean seems to be.
How would he like to see the show end, and would he like to see Sam and Dean go out in a blaze of Glory?
Would he prefer a happy ending?
There’s a lot of people rooting for the boys, himself included so yeah, possibly a blaze of glory but he wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to them. He’d like to think they drive off in their Chevy.
On Jensen’s best and worst physical feature
He tried several times to avoid the subject but then sort of looked south and then back at the audience…
“There’s always that…”
And his worst physical feature:
He’s got some bad bow legs. He’s got some pretty bad Texas bow legs.
On who he would consider a role model or someone who inspired him
He thought for a while and then commented,
“Really, it’s my pops.”
On how Jensen would describe himself in a personal ad
"Seeing as I do that all the time."
Jensen commented that he'd never been asked that question but that it was a good question.
On whether or not he does his own stunts
He does most of them, or as many of them as is possible as does Jared, which is how Jared come to break his arm during the filming of Season Two but he does have a stunt double, the same guy who doubled for him in ‘Dark Angel’. He likes to do his own stunts because he feels it’s so much better and more consistent to be able to see it’s the actual actor rather than someone else just wearing the characters clothes.
On the naughtiest thing he’s ever done
Jensen made a point of commenting that naughty as in on set, it would have to be filming ‘Route 666’ and the sex scene with Cassie because there was a point when he was very naked.
“And yeah, try explaining that one to your girlfriend.”
On describing himself in five words.
That. Is. Not. Possible. Today.
On what Jensen is most afraid of
"People are always asking, what are you most afraid of. Are you scared of ghosts?"
"No, I deal with them all day. I am so desensitized to demons and spirits and ghosts."
"What's that a haunted castle?"
"Give me some salt and a gun and I'm good to go."
On starring in the stage Production of a Few Good Men
Jensen will be playing the role of Caffey alongside Lou Diamond Phillips who will be playing the role of Jessop.
He’s really nervous about learning his lines. He’s used to learning around eight pages of dialogue a day for Supernatural. He and Jared usually get in the car on the way to set and read it over a few times, then again when they get to set. Then again in the trailer, it’s all down to repetitive reading, stretching the muscle because the brain is a muscle and the more you work it the better it becomes.
But yeah, he’s very nervous because he hasn’t been on stage for almost eleven years. He hopes it’s like riding a bike because there’s a lot of dialogue and he hasn’t actually decided as yet as to how he’s going to play the role.
But he’s also very excited and nervous and excited all at the same time.
On working with Jessica Alba in Dark Angel
Jensen only agreed to answer the question because it had a happy ending.
He commented that it was crappy working with Jessica because she wasn’t in a good place. He felt she had too much responsibility thrust at her at too young an age and it was too much to cope with and that she found it very stressful.
He said when he joined the show he was very excited but that he didn’t get much of a response from Jessica, which again was very trying. He described it almost like siblings who didn’t get along. There was a lot of bickering throughout the entire season but later, almost a year after the show ended Jessica called him and asked if they could meet.
They met and Jessica apologised to Jensen, explained that she was in a bad place but that she was happy now; she was smiling and appeared happy. She hugged Jensen who commented that he was just happy to see her happy and that he now has a lot of respect for because of that.
On whether or there are any roles he regrets taking
Yes but he’s not going to say what they are.
On whether he'd sing a few bars of REO Speedwagon
Jensen very cleverly avoided the request by shouting up to the balcony:
Jensen: "Alona, you up there?"
Jensen: "Yeah, thanks for that!"
Alona: "You're welcome babe."
And he really likes to vacation somewhere with a sandy beach so could the fans please email Kripke and tell him about the ghost surfer that the boys really need to go and investigate.
In the meantime, he’ll work on Kripke for a brotherly hug.
And I missed a lot of the other Supernatural panels because I was busy being a Smallville geek but I did manage to catch a few things.
All three were asked the same question:
Sam or Dean
Alona: Why can’t she have them both, she wants them both. She’s having them both.
Brooke: She likes older men, so Dean.
What is their most memorable moment of Supernatural
Nicky: The day she was due to film a scene with Jensen and the crew asked her if she’d mind filming with his double because he’d missed his flight. That’s the most memorable for her, the day Jensen never turned up for set and she had to film the scene with his body double.
Brooke: A certain day during Asylum when both Jared and Jensen came bursting on to set dressed as women and the entire crew crakced up.
On whether or not the boys play pranks on them
Alona: Yes, all the time, there was one particular time when…
She paused, thought about it but then changed her mind because she said she didn’t want to embarrass anyone.
But they’re always trying to make her laugh throughout her scenes, pulling faces and doing stupid things when she’s in the middle of her lines.
Nicky: Apparantly they wouldn’t dare.
Brooke: Again, she only filmed one episode so it would have to be dressing up as women.
Have they ever pranked the boys
Alona: She has one prank that she’d love to get them with but she doesn’t want to reveal what it is because she’s still hoping to get them with it.
Alona on whether or not she was aware of the fan’s reaction to Jo
She’s not going to lie.
Yes she was.
The entire crew were and were quite thrown by it.
She talked about how much it hurt. How when you are given a new role you’re often insecure, you want people to like you or at least like your character and when neither happens…
“Honestly, it hurts.”
Alona on how she would have liked to have seen Jo portrayed
She was told to play Jo a certain way, cocky and with attitude, a little like a female version of Dean. But it wasn’t made clear how old Jo was supposed to be so she played her a little on the young side, as a possible potential to be a female version of Dean. It wasn’t until they were several episodes in that she was made aware of Jo’s age and how they’d like her to appear a little older and so she tried to play her a little differently, a little more mature.
She commented that Dean and Sam are the elite of the hunting world but that she’d like to think even though Jo couldn’t match that due to their upbringing and training she’d maybe have the potential to become…
But if it were her choice on how to portray Jo, she wouldn’t portray her so much like Dean, she’d like her to have more of Sam’s qualities, to be a little more Sam like.
Nicky on whether or not they watch Supernatural as an Audience member and what they like about it.
Mostly, she just thinks Jensen and Jared are hot.
Do the three of them watch themselves on the show
Nicky: She watches it once from a critical point of view and then asked:
“Who in the audience liked their hair in the eighties?”
That pretty much sums it up for her.
Alona: She watches it twice, mostly because the first time around she’s too busy hiding behind her hand and so she needs to go back and watch it again as to her own performance.
Brooke: She only ever starred in one epsiode so she can’t really answer that.
Nicky on whether or not she likes smacking the boys around:
There was one scene in ‘Shadow’ when Meg has both Sam and Dean tied up and she’s flitting between the two, from Dean to Sam.
Jensen was sitting with one leg raised and everytime she climbed off his lap to approach Sam she stood on his leg, after the third take Jensen said,
“You know what, I’m just going to put my leg down and you can pretend you’ve stepped on it.”
“Why am I hurting you?”
To which Jensen replied,
She asked the audience they not tell him she told them because he’d kill her.
Nicky on what she thought of Jared’s performance of Meg in BuaBS
She was a little non commital but did say something complimentary and later admitted that she hadn’t seen it. Jared hadn’t told her he was portraying Meg, something she intended to rectify and watch as soon as possible.
Alona on whether filming her scenes with Jared in BuaBS were scary:
No but they could have been.
It wasn’t scary because they weren’t alone on set, they had an entire crew around them and all the scenes were choreographed. They’d all been choreographed a certain way and they’d rehearsed them a lot with each other. Plus Jared was very careful to always ask if she was comfortable and was very aware of his actions in the scenes.
So yes, it could have been extremely scary but it was all done is such a way that it wasn’t anything of the sort.
On the Supernatural Drinking Game, could they each give an example of when to drink regarding their characters.
Nicky: She can’t think of anything specific but ‘dude’ is a good one.
Alona: Whenever Jo shouts, ‘Dean’.
Brooke: Again she was only in one episode but whenever her character mentions the fact that she’s going to be more particular as to the guys she dates.
On whether or not they’d be willing to come back and star in further episodes
Nicky: She’s actually busy filming right now but if they contacted her regarding her character, then yes, she’d love to.
Alona: She’s not sure what they have planned regarding the roadhouse right now but yes, she’d very much like to come back.
As long as this is, I know there are still some comments and observations I haven’t had chance to update, so I’ll probably add to this from time to time.
But for now, Jensen for the win. Total Scruff Muffin come Sexass and utterly adorable.