I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while, but it’s not always easy to put into words how truly amazing you think someone is- especially when you want to honor them properly. But alas, I’m going to give it a go to the best of my ability.

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki is a modern day hero in my book. I’m pretty sure he wears a cape under his clothes, and if he doesn’t, he should. I, among many other fans, have been watching him via movies, television, and social media throughout the past several years and I’ve loved everything he’s done and set out to accomplish.

In this article, I plan on reflecting back on his career, the characters he’s played, and who he is as a person that makes him stand out in the industry, not just as one of the Winchesters, but as a true icon that we can look up to.

Jared Padalecki

One of Jared Padalecki’s earliest moments was as Rory Gilmore’s first boyfriend in The Gilmore Girls. Although he may have been Rory’s first boyfriend, he was the first crush for many millennials, and wasn’t he the perfect crush to be had? He played Dean Forester- handsome, sweet, kind, gentle and completely supportive of everything Rory set out to accomplish. While things heat up throughout the years with breakups, cheating, marriage and whatnot, he doesn’t always remain in his purest form, but even in the reunion (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) you can’t help but love him.

Jared Padalecki

After his years with the Gilmore ladies, he began his journey into horror starting with the infamous 2005 remake House of WaxHe played Wade and co-starred alongside Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, and Elisha Cuthbert as they ran for their lives after visiting an abandoned wax museum. Then came 2005’s Cry_Wolf where he played Tom and costarred along Julian Morris, Lindy BoothGary Cole and more. To me, this one is an underrated gem. I’ve always enjoyed it as it’s a mix of Urban Legend and Scream

Next up was the 2009 remake of Friday the 13thJared plays Clay Miller alongside a cast that includes Amanda Righetti, Derek MearsDanielle PanabakerTravis Van Winkle and as always is one of the less douchey folks of the bunch. It seems to me that Jared rarely plays an asshole type of character. It just doesn’t suit him. Oh, and he doesn’t let Jason take him down easily, which is a plus in my book.

Jared Padalecki

Around this time he broke into horror was not surprisingly the time he began his career-changing role as Sam Winchester in the hit television series SupernaturalThis show has such a huge fanbase and it’s because of the wonderful characters like Sam who bring so much to the story. You love the good guys, the bad guys, the happy moments, the sad moments, and you never want it to end. This is one of the best brother duos in a long time and everyone enjoys seeing Jared and Jensen Ackles not only on screen but off screen goofing around. Their bromance is strong!

Speaking of off-screen moments, let’s dive into what truly makes Jared Padalecki stand out beyond just being a good-looking guy who stars on a hit show. As many of you may know, Jared, like thousands upon thousands of other people, suffers from depression. You’re probably thinking, how could a guy like that be suffering from depression? He’s handsome, has the perfect career and an overall good life. Well, the fact is that depression isn’t prejudiced against anyone. It doesn’t care who you are and anyone can be a victim to it. Although it’s a burden to behold, Jared has spoken out about his depression and has raised awareness.

Back in 2015, US Magazine talked with Jared about his depression and what he’s doing to fight it and how he is raising awareness for it. He was quoted saying:

“It kind of hit me like a sack of bricks. I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in society, that struggle with depression sometimes.”

Jared Padalecki has done so many things to raise awareness, including a fundraising t-shirt that reads “Always Keeps Fighting,” with all the proceeds going to the To Write Love On Her Arms organization. This is an organization that helps those not only with depression, but with suicidal thoughts and addiction. He’s created other projects since then with the same logo as well as countless other things including live videos on Facebook where he talks about his depression, the projects he’s involved with, and the fight to keep going. If you would like to see some of the products, you can click HERE to support the cause.

Jared Padalecki

Although his movies and television shows helped create a fanbase, it’s Jared Padalecki’s heart and soul that have left a lasting impression. People are not only buying the products, but they’re spreading the word, and even getting tattoos with his phrase. I hope Jared realizes how many lives he has saved by his campaign and how influential his words are- that through his painful struggle, he was able to help a vast majority of others with similar problems. I remember one night in particular, I was having a horrible time keeping the demons at bay and Jared was on Facebook live and his generous actions helped get me through one more day. I know I’m only one of the thousands who can say the same, and this is why Jared Padalecki is a true hero with an invisible cape made of hope, love, and strength.

30 COMMENTS

  1. What a total load of BS! Jared has taken every opportunity to belittle and embarrass people through his social media, going as far as to post a photo of someone he felt gave him shoddy service! There are many, many other examples of this type behavior and I think they are certainly a glimpse into his real personality.

    • He’s brought attention to mental health issues and has been very instrumental in help a lot of people. He’s very empathic and his reactions can be highly charged with emotion. He’s also human and we all make mistakes. It doesn’t change the fact that he is a wonderful human being and gives of his time very selflessly.

  2. I’m with you all the way, Tori. Jared Padalecki is a brave, beautiful soul and he has the right to stand up for himself. And, for the record, if you actually read the post – it wasn’t just shoddy service. It was clearly humiliation and belittlement. He has been a great inspiration to me in my mental illness struggles as well. I remember at a convention once he said “Do you want Jared or do you want Sam?” I adore Sam, but the world is a better place for having Jared in it.

    • Agreed Jess. He has been an inspiration to us all. I was told in 2012 that I would need to draw a disability check and that I would never be able to work and provide a life for myself. The doctors were wrong and Jared was right. I, too, love Sam dearly but at the end of the day he’s only a character. I would take Jared anyday. The world is a better place with him in it. Noone can convince me otherwise.

    • Thanks Jess! I totally agree. Thanks for your feedback and for telling some of your story as well. Means so much to me! <3

  3. I have very mixed emotions about Jared. I really want to like him but he has definitely said some stuff on Twitter that I thought was really really bad. He said some bad things about the death of actor Philip S. Hoffman. It’s true that Jared said things about a server that was uncalled for. I feel like Jared has some anger problems but we all have issues in our lives. I know he has done some good but I think he needs to stay off social media.

    • I understand where you’re coming from. For me, personally, he’s human and has the right to do those things or think those things. I am focusing on the good he’s done and how much he’s helped other people. I don’t have to agree with everything someone says in order to respect them. Hope that helps!

  4. Depression is a very hard “demon” to battle. I have battled depression most of my adult life and it seems like a never ending up hill battle. To be someone who is almost constantly in the spot light and share this side of yourself can’t be easy. I have been a supporter of To Write Love On Her Arms since it started. I actually have the word love in romanian on my left wrist and recently bought one of the t-shirts. We are all human and nobody is perfect, but I would have to say that Jared Padalecki should be a hero to anyone who has ever battled depression. It’s people like him and the celebrities like him that are open about mental illness that have helped all those who battle with mental illness. They have all put a spot light on something that used to be considered too taboo to talk about. Thank you Jared and thank yuo for writing this article Tori. Without it many people wouldn’t have any clue.

  5. Hey “Kerry” what you wrote was rude & unnecessary.
    No where in the article did it say:
    “Jared is perfect & has never said a pissy thing in his life!”
    It said he’s helped hundreds of thousands of people (and specifically he helped the person who wrote the article) who suffer from depression.
    Btw who freaking cares if he voices HIS opinion about how poorly someone provided services?!?
    Like you’ve never complained about service you received or lack there of???
    I would find that very hard to believe.
    It’s negativity like yours that hurts those of us trying to put forth a Positive message & keep our demons at bay.
    I loved the article & I do appreciate all that Jared, Jensen, their family & others from Supernatural continue to do to help so many, many people. <3
    Thank you Tori for a wonderful article &
    Thank you Jared for having the courage & strength to share your life with us.

  6. That’s part of the reason we love Jared so much!! He’s only human. He’s entitled to be pissy and infallible. He can pull a total bitch face just as good as any of us.

  7. Thanks for writing your heart here Tori!! He was also on a 2001 episode of ER and James Blush played his father. He is great at his craft and an excellent spokesman for mental health.

  8. i’m really glad jared could help you, tori, and i enjoyed reading your article. i have been a spn fan for as long as i can remember and still watch it most of the time. i always liked jared best even when everybody else was all about jensen! i know i’ll get flamed but i have to agree with the others who are talking about his stuff on social media. i tried to ignore alot of it but when he posted that stuff about the server that was it for me. yea we all say things we shouldn’t but that was way, way overboard. he came off so bad! if it was just once or twice maybe i could understand but he does it over and over. sure, we’re all human but i can’t help but see a pattern there. mental illness and depression are a terrible things. i have been treated for depression since middle school and i’m a senior in college now. though i can’t say i’m a jared fan anymore i certainly can say that i appreciate what he’s done to shine a light on a very dark subject.

  9. I think Jared is awesome! I’m a 61 yrs old woman and I watch Supernatural and I would love to have a son or son in law just like him!

  10. Thank you so much for this lovely article, I really enjoyed reading it. 🙂 I adore Jared Padalecki and you did a wonderful job at describing what makes him so great. I’m really glad you were able to find strength from seeing him on Facebook live that dark night – I had a very similar moment when he first launched Always Keep Fighting. It helped so much and continues to help me now. 🙂 Thank you again!

  11. This is a wonderful article, thank you for writing it. I love how genuine he is, flaws and all. He doesn’t try to hide what bothers him nor does his hide his struggle. People gravitate to him because they can sense that he is sincere. On our site Sam-Winchester-Admiration-League we have tag “Always Keep Fighting” and it is full of testamonies of people who were positively affacted and helped by Jared and his campaign. Thank you for writing this awesome article.

  12. @ Tori Danielle, I am a fan of Supernatural, and adore Jared Padalecki. I do, however, tend to be something of a critic of writing style and grammar / syntax, etc.. So take it as a true compliment that I found your article, informative, articulate, and very well-written. You definitely did the piece, and its subject, justice.

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