Supernatural: The J2 Phenomenon

I’ve been to a lot of Supernatural conventions. It’s not something I’ve ever really done for any other show and I often wonder what it is about Supernatural that bucks the trend. It’s a great show – my favorite. It’s been going for a really long time. I’ve met some of my closest friends through it. There’s a ton of reasons this show has gotten under my skin but after every con I come to the same conclusion. It’s all because of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles: J2.

Last weekend I met up with some friends and headed to Bellevue, WA, for the Salute to Supernatural Seattle Convention. Originally I had decided to make the trip across the border and down the I5 because Timothy Omundson was going to appear and I had yet to see him. “I won’t worry about getting any J2 pics,” I so wisely vowed. “This is going to be a cheap weekend, I have to keep the cost down.” Suddenly I had tickets to the Saturday Night Special concert and a photo op with each of the Js, as well as autographs and photos with Omundson. What can I say, I’m weak.

The concert was amazing (anyone who has yet to listen to Louden Swain, get on it now; they’re incredible) and Omundson was everything I had hoped he would be – hilarious, charming and interesting. And then Jared and Jensen walked onto stage, each of them holding one of the Padalecki boys, Tom (who was snuggling into Uncle Jensen) and Shep (clinging to his dad). Entertained by anecdotes from both Js about Tom’s excitement over his birthday, the crowd was encouraged to sing happy birthday to the now 4-year-old and we happily did it. Both Jared and Jensen share so much of themselves with us, they make the entire experience inclusive and welcoming and for that short time they make us feel like we’re part of their family.

Throughout their hour long panel they bounced off each other with humor, helping each other out with memories and even with Jensen asking Jared at one point if he knew the person who was randomly FaceTiming him. Jared turned to his “partner” midway through the panel and asked him to say what the first thing was that came to mind for each season, which evolved into a memory game as neither of them could remember anything about season 2! With grace and respect they absorbed the questions, good and bad, and made everyone feel as if we were just watching two buddies shoot the shit with a bunch of friends, which at the end of the day we kind of were, albeit a large bunch.

Jared and Jensen’s friendship is something that is hard to explain to anyone outside of the fandom. I can’t think of any modern day show where the stars are this close and it honestly feels like something very special when we get the chance to watch it up close and personal. They moved to within a few streets of each other, their wives are best friends, as are their children, they take vacations together and they are each others’ biggest fan. Supernatural is a fantastic show but there’s no doubt in my mind it would be heading into its 12th season if it wasn’t for Jared and Jensen and the friendship they share. People who have worked on the show consistently say the atmosphere on set is one of laughter and professionalism, and that the Js are the leaders in that. We root for Sam and Dean every week but are we really rooting for Padalecki and Ackles? The love the Winchesters have for each other (especially this season – YAY!) is enhanced by knowing how close the Js are and every time I go to a con my belief is reinforced that this relationship is the driving force behind the success of the show.

If you’re a Supernatural and J2 fan you know what I mean. If you’re not, go to YouTube and search for panel videos from the conventions. You’ll see what I mean, you’ll feel it. I’m so proud to be a fan of a show that gives its stars and guest stars such a great experience. The conventions are frequent and exhausting and yet the actors keep showing up and I like to think they feel our gratitude. I never thought I’d be able to say I feel lucky to be a fan of a television show and yet here I am. So thank you, Jared and Jensen. See you in Phoenix 😉

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