Last year, we took my youngest daughter to Comic Con in Chicago so that she could meet Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead (TWD). This past weekend, it was my oldest daughter’s turn. We had the pleasure of meeting Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) of Supernatural, the longest running show on the CW network. We also saw (from a distance) Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Osric Chau (Kevin), Rob Benedict (Chuck/God), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester, but now Negan on TWD), Emily Swallow (Amara), Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel), and Matt Cohen (young John Winchester).
They put on a great show for the fans, and it is apparent the friendships between the cast members are genuine. On Saturday night, we watched Rob Benedict’s band LOUDEN SWAIN perform. It was a real treat as several of the actors performed a song with them. They can act AND sing AND play an instrument. What talent!
We also bought Megan Padalecki’s children’s book, Little Moon. (Little Moon follows the odyssey of this tiny creature as she searches for a sense of belonging in a seemingly endless sea.) The book has a wonderful message for children. I plan on giving it to my nephew’s daughter for Christmas. SHHHH!!
As for Jared and Jensen, I give them a lot of credit. Obviously, they are making money off of the conventions, but they meet hundreds of fans a day and make each one feel special. They could just put in the least amount of effort and go home, but they don’t. When fans broke down in tears in front of the actors, Jared and Jensen just wrapped their arms around them. It was very uplifting.
Jared, Jensen, and Misha Collins (Castiel) are also heavily involved in combating the stigma of mental illnesses. Jared has been very open about his struggles with depression. The actors have run several social media campaigns including Always Keep Fighting (AKF), I Am Enough, and You Are Not Alone. It is not an exaggeration to say they have changed – and saved – lives.
I wish them peace.
Some pics from the convention: