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Tidbits from the new SPN magazine....
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Cause I'm awake, and I'm bored (Weekend Update is the only part of this week's SNL that's been funny. "Alienz you guys! :-o") so I thought I'd share some cute/interesting/enjoyable tidbits from the new issue of the SPN magazine. It's one of the 100 page issues, so there's a few!



*Talking about the fan mail the production office gets:
With all the mail and gifts sent to the boys, do they actually get them? The answer is a resounding yes.

"Of course, we open everything first," Jason (Fischer) tells us. "We get stuff quite regularly for them, especially at Christmas time. All of it goes immediately to the guys. If it's duplicates, or something they would never use, we donate it to the Salvation Army." Any stand out items, we asked? "Someone sent up a little '67 Impala model, and if you open up the trunk you can see they actually spent the time to put in little guns and salt, the whole bit. It was really cool." Jensen thought it was cool too--we noticed it sitting on the entertainment center in his trailer.

So what's the most unusual thing that's been sent? Jason has to think about that for a while before deciding that perhaps it was the men's underwear that arrived in the mail one day. "Someone shipped up a pair of men's underwear--those skin tight boxer briefs. I threw them in an envelope to the third Assistant Director and didn't tell him what they were for." "The Brotherhood of the Traveling Underpants" as they were dubbed, soon made their way around set. "Everyone put them in an envelope, readdressed it, and passed it along." There's no word on who eventually ended up with them, however.


*Jared on Jensen:
"We really are close," Padalecki continues. "it's funny, because sometimes things have happened and people have talked to our representation and said 'Well, I only told Jensen this and I told Jared that,' and they respond, 'You do realize that these guys are close? They tell each other everything. You're not going to lie to me, because Jensen and Jared tell each other the truth. They live together!'"

*Jim Beaver on favorites:

"I don't really have a favorite episode. There are favorite moments, favorite scenes. The emotional scenes between Bobby and Dean have been very pleasing to work on, and I wish I had a few more of those with Sam just to share the wealth. My favorite scenes to watch are often the scenes I'm not in. Jensen's scene with the young Mary in In The Beginning was amazing, and Jared's had a couple from episodes I've forgotten the titles of--scenes so good I had to call or email them to let them know how impressed I was."

*Julie McNiven on her hair:
"It's so red, though huh? I'm slowly moving to a slightly less red, slightly more orange, a little more natural. Watching the episodes, I was like 'Whoa....' It looks so different under lights. I thought, 'Oh my God, it looks like Kool-Aid hair!' I'm naturally a blonde. I told myself I'd never move to LA as a blonde, and I didn't."

*Matt Cohen on working with Jensen:
Cohen says he also got some great advice from Ackles once he arrived on the set. "I talked with Jensen a lot. He was great to work with, because he gave me every bit of information that could help me. It made it easier because I was scared to play a character that Jeffrey had played, because you want to do well and not embarrass him. Jensen told me that Jeffrey had a lot of love in his eyes. He was quiet and stern, but he was very, very human. You watch Jeffrey and you can't help but fall in love with his character. It helped me because when you think of the human nature of people, that's what you need to bring to a character more than anything."

*Amy Gumenick on her favorite scene:
Another special scene for Gumenick was the one where Dean blesses Mary's relationship with John. "It's hard to say what my favorite scene was, but it's probably the one where I tell Dean that I want to get out of hunting and he comes to say goodbye. It went to a place I wasn't expecting. Reading it, I think it's a very emotional scne and reveals a lot about both characters. I think it's the point where Mary sees something different about this guy and can't pinpoint it. It's almost like she's falling in love with him but not, because it's not *that* kind of love. It's interesting to play a love scene with your son--it's a mother's love. We had a few takes where we both had to stop because we were tearing up. It's a confusing scene for Mary. She's feeling all these things and doesn't know who this guy is, because he's turned her world upside down. She wants so badly to get out and then this mysterious person shows up and he's this all knowing being that comes into her life."

*Stunt coordinator Lou Bello on the guys and their stunt doubles:

"Our guys are magic," Bello enthuses. "Jared and Jensen are old veterans at this stuff now. They're gifted athletes. The great thing is that even after all this time they never let up one bit, never change their attitudes and their hard work ethic. They just love doing their own stunts. The stunts we do on the show aren't huge, complicated stunts or gigantic budget events, but they still involve the actors a lot, and the important thing is to protect their well being, because they're here to act, not get hurt. The key in this show has been finding good stunt doubles. Good doubles that you can put up there and people think, 'Is that the actor?' Jared's double, Mike Carpenter, is almost an exact replica of him, and very talented. Jensen had worked up here before, so he just said 'I want Todd Scott and that' that.' Todd was the perfect choice."

*Robert Wisdom on the cast:

They're great guys! Jared is a straight up nut. He's crazy, loveable, and has a wicked sense of humor. Jensen is a Texas boy too, and salt of the Earth. He's a super solid actor and has his fun, but he's the level headed one between the two of them. Misha is a great guy and fantastic to work alongside. We immediately developed a nice little chemistry between us. For our first scene, I hadn't met him yet, so I just went with what my gut told me. Then, when I saw his performance, it fit right in and allowed us to springboard to other dimensions. We were pretty much on the same page from day one, and when we worked together, it just became better. I'm happy with it and I think the producers are too."

*Mark Rolston (Alistar #1) on how he heard of SPN:

My teenage daughters are in love with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. They watch the show, so I've caught glimpses of it. I hadn't actually sat down with them, but I'd heard of "the boys". There's been talk around the table of 'Oh God, He's *so* cute!'"



I guess that'll do for now! If I see anything else interesting as I'm reading, I'll add it.

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Someone sent up a little '67 Impala model, and if you open up the trunk you can see they actually spent the time to put in little guns and salt, the whole bit. It was really cool." Jensen thought it was cool too--we noticed it sitting on the entertainment center in his trailer.
I think I remember this person showing pictures of it (if it's the same one I'm thinking of).


They tell each other everything.
Heehee, they sound like two 13 year old girls.

*Mark Rolston (Alistar #1) on how he heard of SPN:
My teenage daughters are in love with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. They watch the show, so I've caught glimpses of it. I hadn't actually sat down with them, but I'd heard of "the boys". There's been talk around the table of 'Oh God, He's *so* cute!'"

Hee, so cute.

Thanks for this.

thanks a lot for this!!!!

Awww!!! Thanks for sharing! (hope you got some sleep. I'm the night-shifter, not you! lol)

Seriously, this is awesome, Shannen. I haven't gotten mine yet, so thanks so much for sharing.

Sorry I haven't been around much, trying to do better.

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