June 26, 2022

Jared Padalecki Appears Again on ‘Walker’ Season 2 & Forward to ‘Independence’

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Walker‘s Season 2 finale, “Something’s Missing.” So if you haven’t watched yet, that’s OK because this is a conversation with Jared Padalecki and that’s always a good thing!]

The fiery feud between the Walkers and the Davidsons got here to a fittingly heated finish Thursday night time as Gale (Paula Marshall) lastly admitted to daughter Geri (Odette Annable) that she, not Cordell (Jared Padalecki), had brought on the barn blaze years in the past that killed Marv Davidson. After studying that he’d lied about Child Geri dying, Gale clobbered the jerk with a lantern, the place went up in flames and poor lil Cordi turned satisfied it was his fault as a result of he’d introduced the lantern to the barn to look at a comet with Denise. Obtained that? Good, as a result of as soon as the smoke cleared, there was much more to take care of: Gale was taken into custody, Abby (Molly Hagan) bought her long-overdue apology and Denise admitted to chopping Twine’s saddle to sabotage their horse race for possession of the Walker ranch.

Walker - Jared Padalecki + Odette Annable

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On high of all that, Trey (Jeff Pierre) and his large biceps had been invited to affix the Texas Rangers, however he then discovered his new condo was proper subsequent door to Cordi’s accomplice, Cassie (Ashley Reyes), who is unquestionably displaying some neighborly curiosity; Stella (Violet Brinson) graduated from highschool; Liam (Keegan Allen) instructed his people that he was able to strive his hand at ranching; and Geri broke it off with Cordi so as to work out who she actually is. Hopefully it doesn’t take her too lengthy, as a result of the hour ended with Cordell being kidnapped from the path throughout a race (within the blazing Texas solar?!) with Trey and Liam. With Cordi final seen certain and unconscious behind a nondescript van, it positively looks like we’re gonna want as a lot of his family members round to determine what occurred to our hero.

Till then, we’ve got this chat with Mr. Padalecki, who gives a little little bit of perception into what’s coming subsequent, in addition to lots of laughs about this previous season, the present’s Independence spinoff and, in fact, a sure former costar’s present (and cheeky) gig.

Sir! How is it going?!

Jared Padalecki: Oh, it’s going. I’m right here. Been right here, there and in all places. I’ve an enormous birthday subsequent month however we’re gonna be in another country, so [Padelecki’s wife] Jen had a bunch of our pals fly in…I had a fairly overwhelming weekend of seeing pals from like my highschool days, my Gilmore Woman days, my Supernatural days, my Walker days and all the things in between. It was superior.

Good. And now you’re completed filming all the things, proper?

We completed a few month in the past. And we don’t return to Season 3 of Walker till August, however I believe Independence — I don’t know if it’s set in stone but — however I believe it’s gonna be in direction of the top of subsequent month that we begin in Santa Fe.

Are you gonna back-and-forth it?

I’m gonna try to go to Santa Fe as a lot as I can, however you understand how busy it will get with Walker in Austin throughout the season, so I may not be capable of get on the market an entire lot. I hope I do. I’m not in Independence clearly, so I don’t have to be there an entire bunch, however I’d like to be there as a producer and as a good friend to the solid and crew and what-not.

Walker - Jared Padalecki

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It helps that Cordi has been kidnapped since you may very well be lacking for a pair episodes when you’re down in Santa Fe

[Laughs] ? I’ve been attempting to pitch that for months now. I’m like, “Hey, possibly I don’t actually resurface till like episode 5.” After which I’m gonna be Instagramming me, like, from Spain, having outdated time, you realize? Consuming prosciutto. After which come dwelling with my pants three sizes larger.

Oh please, you’ll simply sweat all of it off in that Texas warmth…that last shot of you guys operating, I used to be like “Mom of God, the cruelty.”

We kinda giggle typically, wanting on the little climate app on our iPhones and it’ll be like, “Oh, it’s solely 101…however the warmth index is 106!” And that was simply a few weeks after I used to be in that massive automobile accident [in Texas, when Padalecki was a passenger in a car that went over a retaining wall and into a utility pole].

Oh my God. That’s proper.

And so I hadn’t actually moved round and that scene had already been written lengthy earlier than that. So I used to be like, “Okay, nicely I’m gonna give it a shot. I haven’t moved my legs shortly however right here we go.” I used to be actually sweating and was not used to operating; that was the longest I’ve gone with out operating in my grownup life. So yeah, the sweat was actual. That wasn’t make-up. [Laughs]

How are you feeling now from the accident?

I really feel nice, thanks. Yeah. I really feel, I really feel nice. I used to be just a little banged up up however bought up and at it, bought by means of the final three episodes. I in all probability, I dunno if I’ve actually talked about this however, unbeknownst to I believe lots of the viewing viewers, they needed to rewrite lots of the scenes in episodes 19 and 20 as a result of I couldn’t movie for a few weeks. I used to be type of bedridden, so yeah. Even with episode 218, which Austin Nichols—our beloved Clint West and my expensive good friend—directed, they needed to type of take me outta some stuff. It was a phenomenal episode and lots of it fortunately occurred anyhow with the mountain climbing and climbing that Stella and Colton had been doing.

You gave us a little bit of a scare when Jensen revealed the information.

Yeah, I do know. Jensen known as me earlier than all of that, as a result of it occurred on Easter after which he was on the New York conference the next weekend, which I used to be speculated to be at, too. However you realize, I used to be on medicine that makes you crazy so that you don’t wish to be attempting to do appearances like that. And I additionally didn’t wanna be tweeting to individuals, as a result of I don’t suppose I used to be making a lot sense. It may need simply even been extra scary to individuals if I had come out and stated like, “Hey, so the opposite day…I blah blargh blech.” [Laughs] However I’m all good now.

Thank God. So you bought to shut out the season with one other nice curveball. It was like 45 minutes into the hour, and the Davidson state of affairs is settled, so I began to suppose “Okay, what is occurring now?” And then you definately give us this good decision after which the kidnapping twist! I didn’t see that coming. I used to be considering you had been all gonna like run up onto a physique someplace.

That will’ve been nice additionally!

How early into Season 3 will we discover out who’s bought Cordi?

Very early. Definitely within the Season 3 premiere, we’ll get a glimpse of simply how a lot hassle Twine is in, if there’s any approach for him to get out or if he’s gonna need assistance…and the way assist would even get to him or discover him. We discover out fast, a lot to my chagrin. I type of pitched that like, “Hey, possibly I’m simply kidnapped for like 10 episodes and I’ve a very lengthy summer season.” And so they’re like, “No, that’s probably not gonna work. The present’s known as Walker, so we’re gonna want you.” [Laughs]

Walker - Jeff Pierre

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Yeah, he must be again on obligation now that Trey is turning into a Ranger.

If he chooses to comply with by means of with it.

And Liam is turning into a rancher. So we’ll get a scruffy Keegan Allen and Jeff Pierre in uniform. You might be actually giving the individuals what they need, you perceive?

Proper?! [Laughs] With Trey having performed so many nice heroic, great issues, like in Season 1’s twister and only in the near past in Season 2, seeing him hop outta helicopters and what-not, it’s clear that he has nice abilities. We did some analysis and there may be precedent of the Division of Public Security making allowances for [Rangers]. Normally, it’s important to be within the DPS for seven years earlier than even being eligible to be a Ranger, however they’ve made exceptions for particular circumstances. And I believe we’ve all seen over the past two seasons that the character of Trey Barnett would clearly be a incredible Ranger. And I wanna see him within the outfit. I wanna see if he can match all these muscle tissues into the uniform. [Laughs]

And I’m guessing Geri wanted to interrupt off issues with Cordi as a result of Odette must go and be pregnant?

[Laughs] Possibly? I believe, outdoors of O’s private state of affairs and giving start, the storyline simply appeared to make sense that Geri—who’s been so unbiased for therefore lengthy—would go on a private journey of her personal. Discovering out that her father wasn’t actually her father and that her father type of killed her father and that she’s type of a Davidson, however type of a Walker, like she must get her head set on straight. Like when she bought the Aspect Step and drove off final season? Geri is type of a lone wolf. As a lot a she’s liked and as a lot as she’s a part of each the Walker and Davidson households, she can be a powerful human being who simply must reset and strategy issues with a clear slate. And so we’re gonna see her character take a reset, take a tough reset, after which work out what she desires to do with the remainder of her life.

Walker - Paula Marshall + Dave Annable + Jalen Thomas Brooks

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Are the Davidsons sticking round?

I hope so. Clearly, we’ve seen lots of sparks between Colton and Stella, we’ve seen Dan (Dave Annable) have redemption of types. And Denise and Gale have their very own form of redemption, you realize. I believe a part of the entire [theme] of the sequence Walker, this one, is that nobody’s excellent, proper? Everybody makes errors and everybody can take steps to try to make issues higher, make issues proper. So I really like the thought of the Davidsons sticking round and us seeing their journey to redemption.

And now Cassie…love her.

Love her. Wonderful.

Ashley Reyes is so nice. I wanna see you guys work extra collectively.

Me too! And Ashley, as a human being, I simply love the shit out of her. She is simply an superior younger actress.After we had been casting the character, we had seen God is aware of what number of audition tapes. Today in Covid, it’s performed through Zoom otherwise you log in to look at take a look at auditions. Lastly, once we had been getting in direction of the very finish of the casting course of, we had a name and so they’re like, “Hey, we actually like this actress. We haven’t despatched her to y’all but as a result of she’s five-two and Jared’s six-five, however give her a glance as a result of we love her.” And so we watched her tape and we had been like, ” Rattling it, she’s it!” Then we had a Zoom learn, Ashley, me and a bunch of the opposite execs and they had been like, “Yep, that’s it. Let’s get her to Texas.”

She’s charming and he or she’s humorous and he or she brings a pleasant lighthearted side. Ashley, together with Matt Pascua, who performs her brother, are simply great individuals, great actors…they actually flesh out the complete Walker world.

Walker - Ashley Reyes

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That’s what I actually love, the way in which the present’s universe actually did develop this season. The best way we noticed connections among the many characters develop…Bonham (Mitch Pileggi) and Abby having that reference to the Davidsons and having that historical past. It’s like they might have had their very own present that might’ve aired 20 years in the past and this season was virtually just like the recap of that.

That’s an incredible method to put it. And yeah, I might watch the Bonham and Abby present, all day, on daily basis. All they’ve been by means of, their acceptance of one another, their forgiveness and their frustrations. When you could have actors like Mitch and Molly, you may have ’em learn a cellphone ebook and it might be compelling, so what they’ve performed, alongside the writers, has simply been a particular pleasure to me. And one other factor, you realize, watching the present in my capability as government producer — I’ll watch the dailies and what-not — however lots of the scenes that happen between Bonham and Abby Walker, I’m not there on set for, you realize? I’ve learn the script clearly and know they’re taking pictures that scene that day, however I don’t see it till later once I see it on digital camera and I’m at all times like, “Holy s–t, that is good….they’re so good.”

Oh we completely ‘ship them. Now, are you able to be the lead of a present and the manager producer of that present and launch a second present? Are you able to juggle all of it?

As you ask that query, I began profusely sweating.


[Laughs] No, I can’t wait. Fortuitously for me, lots of the load goes to Anna Fricke and Seamus Kevin Fahey, who’s operating Independence. So I simply should type of be there to go like, “Guys, that is badass. And guys, that is badass, too.” I can’t wait and I’m so thrilled for that solid and crew.

Kat McNamara is an absolute delight.

You understand how I used to be mentioning earlier than, as a result of lately throughout Covid, that you would be able to’t actually solid individuals in individual? So if you’re casting No. 1 of the decision sheet, that’s who’s gonna to be the person who’s there on daily basis and that’s doing interviews on the weekends and doing picture shoots in between takes and this and that. Properly, we did our analysis. We known as different reveals she had labored on, different actors she had labored with, different producers and writers and — to an individual — all of them simply sang her praises. They had been all like, “Oh my God, she’s great.” And like, in that approach of “Please don’t rent her as a result of we need her,” [Laughs]

Walker: Independence - Katherine McNamara

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I simply spoke to one in all your pals, Mr. Eric Kripke over at The Boys and he stated that you’ve got an open invitation to come back over and make a cameo.

No s–t! Oh my God, I might like to. I’d have to begin doing a little squats although so I might be prepared to point out my bare ass.

Yeah, how about that?! But when it’s a cameo, you in all probability gained’t should go that naked, however you by no means know with that present.

[Laughs] Properly, I imply, if I’m gonna do it, I’ll should do it proper, you realize? I can’t simply present up and have a go well with on.

You possibly can’t let Jensen be the one one displaying off his butt.

Appropriate. I imply all of them get it, so if I’m gonna fly all the way in which as much as Toronto, then I’ll as nicely make it rely.

Precisely. Once more, giving the individuals what they need.

[Laughs] Properly, we’ll see. It’ll be my 40-year-old ass!

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