Jensen Ackles with Lisa Rideg at An Evening at the Net Benefit United Friends of the Children on July 27, 1998 in LA, CA.
Playing Dean as a demon while directing was a particular challenge, Ackles admitted. “I’ve only had one episode to do it, and it was an episode I was directing, so my mind was a little scattered, but luckily I was overly prepared as a director so I was able to concentrate on the performance of demon Dean. It was fun for this episode, but the next two, I believe, are going to be even more entertaining.”
Interviewer: What about Jensen Ackles? He’s amazing! What made you think of him for the role of Jason [Todd]?
Andrea Romano: Well sometimes you just take a risk and go ‘you know, I think he can do it.’ And I can tell you, I’ve been doing this for 25+ years and every time I hire an actor who hasn’t done it before I get, like, flop-sweats. ‘Oh dear, what if I’ve screwed up?’ and it’s taken 3 months to line up the schedule and get him here in the room with me and the money it takes to get the camera crews there that are going to do the DVD extras and all this stuff and then all of a sudden it’s like ‘Oh man, what if I made the wrong decision?’ and fortunately that rarely ever plays out the wrong way… that’s why I still have a job.
But he was so good and what was so wonderful about working with him – you know a thousand years ago I was an actress myself – and so I have a great respect for actors and what they go through to do a performance and Jensen at one point in this piece – for those of you who have seen it – has an emotional breakdown on screen and while I was directing him and while he was going through it tears were rolling down my face. I was like [mimics crying] ‘ok, we need one more Jensen… can you?’
But I like that. If they can reach me that way I feel like they’ll reach the audience as well because it’s – I’m like one of those people who if I see someone else cry I tend to cry in the same way that if someone [mimics throwing up] I have a gag reflex as well, right? But he… he really kind of let himself be exposed in this piece and that’s wonderful. It’s so nice when you see this character – that character runs a large range of emotions – he’s so tough and he’s so bitter and he’s so angry and so crazy – and then we get to see him go ‘why did you let this happen?! Why did you not avenge me?’. It’s taking me back, my eyes are watering right now.
Interviewer: Yeah. I was saying, I have never had any sympathy for that character in the comics…
AR: The red hood?
Interviewer: Yeah, for Jason Todd, Red Hood, any incarnations. I’ve never liked him and then as I was watching this… and I wasn’t in tears but I was so close.
-Andrea Romano (Vocal Director, Batman: Under The Red Hood)
…Jensen said at DCCon, that “On Supernatural, what kills you…May bring you back to life, and then make you stronger”?
Mr Ackles, you sneaky attractive man. You had read the script for 9x23 at that point already, hadn’t you?
His name is Bjoern, he’s a fashion photographer. Danneel wanted him to photographe the wedding. Amazing photographer! His stuff is stunning. He’s north European and he speaks English like a sailor. I’m mean he curse like a dark walker. We were in this really nice Hotel, in Dallas which is a very conservative town. We were in the middle of this lobby, and there is people walking around. You know, it’s a public place with very high society down there.
#no bae #never noticed
I think I say awesome a lot more now because I watch this show so much
a month ago
Amazing night! We got to meet none other than Jensen Ackles and be the envy of all our friends. He’s an awesome dude, willing to take some time out of his night to shoot the shit with some fans and talk about how he and his friend (who took the picture, but he was awesome too) like to homebrew. Just the best!
Jensen & Danneel Ackles in Rome [ Candid/Twitter/Candid ] 1 May 2012
The Supernatural fandom has lost one of their greatest treasures due to anon hate. This sort of thing has GOT TO STOP. If you don’t have anything constructive, supportive and loving to say… or you have to hide behind and Anon to say it… DON’T.