We HEART Jared Padalecki, too!

By T. Mack

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Jared Padalecki via Twitter: “View from stage. #ComicCon”

It’s no secret that we here at Sister Geeks enjoy the CW’s Supernatural and love, love, LOVE the hunky chunk of man-meat that is Jensen Ackles (check out all the reasons why here and here). And while we don’t swoon quite as hard for the more serious Moose as we do for the fun-loving Squirrel, it doesn’t mean we don’t love him. Because we do. As a matter of fact, I wish I could have been part of the fan-love that was thrown at Padalecki this past weekend at SDCC. Fans of the actor and the show made a gesture of support following the actor’s coming clean months ago about his battle with depression.

Padalecki opened up in an interview with Variety back in March about his struggles with depression. Padalecki told the magazine, “These characters that we play on Supernatural, Sam and Dean, are always dealing with something greater than themselves, and I’ve sort of learned from the two of them that they get through it with each other, and with help and with support. And I, in the past, have had my own struggles of not [being] so happy with where I am in life, which is strange and I think it goes to show. … Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down… I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes.”

The actor started a t-shirt campaign called Always Keep Fighting through Represent.com to help bring awareness to the cause and raise money for To Write Love on Her Arms, an organization that offers support and resources to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. While the shirt campaign is now over, Padalecki’s journey and his fight to bring awareness are not.

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Back in May, the actor cancelled several appearances at conventions in Australia. He was honest when he reached out to fans after the cancellations. On Twitter, he shared, “Dear and . I am in desperate and urgent need of my family. I am so sorry to tell you this but I must head home.” He also bravely asked for help by saying, “I need all of the love I can get right now. Please please give me a few seconds of your time and write me.

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This past weekend, in a show of support for the actor and his campaign, fans surprised Padalecki with a candlelight tribute during the Supernatural panel at SDCC. Padalecki posted a photo of his view of the tribute from the stage, then later took to Facebook with a heartfelt response:

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Jared Padalecki via Facebook: A thank you. To anybody and everybody that had ANY part whatsoever in the Always Keep Fighting Hall H tea light event. As I travel back to Vancouver from San Diego Comic-Con, with my partners in crime Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard, the enormity of what happened is finally starting to sink in…. I am beyond moved. I feel so blessed, and grateful, and honored to be a part of the magical Supernatural Family. Sitting on that stage in Hall H, I initially mistook all of the lights for cell phone cameras. It’s difficult to discern specific shapes and faces with all of those stage lights shining on you (and, it’s quite intimidating up there, sitting in front of 6,500 people!!). Then, when I had a light given to me with an explanation of what it was and what it stood for, I was (and am still) gob-smacked. Thank you. From the very bottom of my heart and my soul, thank you so much. I will never forget this day. I will never forget the love that I felt, and still feel. And, to everybody who held a light for me, please know that I hold my light for you. Though I happened to be the one sitting on stage, I am but one small light in a see of thousands. TOGETHER, we can and will make a difference! Keep letting your light shine. I will do the same. And, keep fighting. Always Keep Fighting.

We at Sister Geeks support both Jared and his campaign. Depression is a serious illness and we hope that geeks everywhere will be encouraged by Padalecki’s honesty and vulnerability. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, you are not alone. There is help available. Please reach out and always keep fighting.

I want somebody to wake up and brush their teeth and think to themselves like, “Today’s not going to be easy. Today’s going to be a fight, but I’m going to fight…

Not like, “I hope this doesn’t beat me,” but “I’m going to continue to beat this today and every time it gets tough.” And if you’re struggling with addiction and whatever your addiction is, drugs, or booze, or food — walking past a pizza with your name on it and you just know where that leads, just treat it as a fight. Instead of saying “I hope I don’t give in,” I want people to say to themselves, “I’m going to win this fight.”

Even if there are a thousand small fights, even if every other minute you’re thinking about suicide, or depression, or addiction, or if you have mental illness, I want people to hit it head on and take action. And to be proud that they’re winning their fight, period.

~Jared Padalecki, Variety

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3 thoughts on “We HEART Jared Padalecki, too!

  1. I think it’s great he has spoken about his battle with depression. Hopefully it will give people the inspiration to come forth and seek help. I’ve had depression in the past and thanks to help, I’ve come through it. This is very inspiring work.

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