Fans who sobbed their way through boxes of Kleenex on Tuesday as Gilmore Girls reached the conclusion of its seven-year run, know this: Jared Padalecki understands your pain. ”I didn’t get to see [the last episode],” admits the actor, 24, who played Rory’s sensitive high-school boyfriend Dean Forester during seasons 1-5. ”But my girlfriend was crying, and I talked to my parents, and they were crying.” Padalecki himself has nothing to cry about, as he is currently starring on the CW’s hit Supernatural (the season 2 finale aired last night), about two brothers who battle dark forces. The actor called EW.com from Vancouver to chat about Supernatural’s twisty finale and the Gilmore face-off he can’t wait to have.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, I hear cast and crew got some good news this week.
JARED PADALECKI: A couple days ago we got our third-season pickup. Yay! Time to put a down payment on a Ferrari. [Laughs]
Let’s talk a little bit about the juicy season finale.
Originally we were supposed to go shoot at a [real] graveyard, but the weather got awful, and it was just a sludge pit, impossible to get in and out of, or to get in a dolly track. So we ended up on a soundstage building a cemetery — gravestones and lightning and thunder effects. It took four days to shoot, and it’s probably 15 minutes [long].
Going into the finale, I know there was some mystery swirling around your character, ghoul-chaser Sam Winchester…
We still don’t know what’s going to happen with Sam. We know he was transported to that little town with the demon kids, and ultimately lost. But we wonder about this guy who killed Sam, and what’s he going to become? A yellow-eyed demon says he has these huge things planned for one of us [brothers]. We know that Sam does come back to life, somehow or another. There’s a question of, ”Why did Sam come back to life? Who’s gonna pay for that?”
After two years on an action show, are you totally jaded by the ”magic” of stuntwork and effects?
I’m still fascinated by the gunshot effects — shooting blanks. And stuntmen getting pulled by wires. Like a 12-year-old boy, I’m like, ”Oh cool, it looks like he’s flying.” We definitely went all-out on the finale. There’s no department — whether it’s acting, lighting, sound, visual work, special effects, or stunts that didn’t get worked to the bone.
Do you do your own stunts?
Here and there. I’ve been banned from doing my own stunts since I broke my hand falling on it the wrong way. I was in a cast for six episodes.
Do you think Supernatural — unlike other spooky shows like, say, The X-Files — gives its fans the answers they crave?
Most of the shows I get a chance to watch — I started watching Lost; I watched season one on my iPod in about three days — and I started tuning into season 2. And instead of answering questions, they started asking more. Maybe I’m impatient as a viewer, but it frustrated me to the point where I didn’t [want] to watch it anymore, because I felt like I was being tricked. I’m happy to be part of a show where they answer questions, not just pose new ones.
Just for kicks, you do know that Dean got a better send-off than Logan (Matt Czuchry), Rory’s final Gilmore boyfriend?
[Laughs] I’m gonna rub it in his face next time I see him. I’m gonna be like, ”Ha ha, I got a better going-out than you!”