From a big role in WB Networks’ original Gilmore Girls as the bad boy to starring on the CW hit Supernatural for years, nearby San Antonio native Jared Padalecki opens up about his own entourage, defines luxury, and also what it’s like to star with Alexis Bledel who is enjoying success again on the re-boot of Gilmore Girls, as our Lance Avery Morgan learns…
Lance Avery Morgan: Competition is fierce in L.A. You know about that since you beat out over 7000 entrants to win the 2000 Presidential Scholar Award for the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts – that’s some audition – was that a big boost to your early career?
Jared Padalecki: Sure, but the only person you ever really have to be better than, is yourself.
LAM: What’s the best part about making films to you?
JP: It’s awesome to completely be enveloped in the world of the movie. Like in Flight of the Phoenix, we were in the middle of the desert, in Namibia. All the actors actually slept out in the hull of the plane to get us into the world of the movie.
LAM: You worked with 2000s It Girl Paris Hilton in House of Wax – what was that like?
JP: She can be serious when she wants too, but she definitely knows how to have a good time, too.
LAM: You worked on the revival of Gilmore Girls. Two Texans on a hit TV show – what’s that like?
JP: It’s always cool to have someone from your home state.
LAM: I hear you have your own entourage. Is it important to surround yourself with people you trust in Hollywood?
JP: It’s critical. My house has become a crashing ground for a bunch of my closest friends. But they all have their own lives. It’s just become a circle of people I trust – and who were friends from when I moved here.
LAM: Since you’ve hit the big time – with what luxury have you indulged yourself?
JP: I bought a house. My favorites in it are the ping pong table, and pool table in my family room. No room for a couch.
LAM: What’s always in your refrigerator?
JP: Beer, for guests.
LAM: Is alone time a luxury to you? How do you keep your eyes on the prize in a hectic showbiz world?
JP: One day at a time.
LAM: Who’s been the biggest acting influence on you – a star you discovered as a kid who’s really inspired you?
JP: I know he’s young too, but Matt Damon’s performance in Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites.
LAM: Any advice on breaking into Hollywood?
JP: Don’t give up.
LAM: We’re rooting for you and for more great success headed your way. What’s your life motto that keeps reminding you of what you can achieve?
JP: Thanks so much. I think my life motto is just to be good to yourself and your family, and let whatever comes to you, come to you. You can’t control life.