‘Supernatural’ Star Jared Padalecki Grateful for Fans’ Support Through Depression

13 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Comic-Con fans pay tribute to ‘Supernatural’ actor’s battle against depression.

Comic-Con just had an incredibly emotional and inspiring moment—and it was a complete and total surprise. Actor Jared Padalecki says he will “never forget” the support he received from thousands of fans who lit candles at a Comic-Con event to honour his public campaign to fight mental illness.This year’s Comic-Con held a special meaning for Jared Padalecki, who was met with a surprise tribute from fans just a few months after opening up about his own depression.At the end of the panel, audience members each held up a lite candle for Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting campaign, which was launched to serve people who deal with depression, suicide and addiction. “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them,” the attachment read. “When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not even the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.” “I just want to say thank you, so much,” Padalecki told E!. “It’s stuff that I have dealt with and I’m still dealing with so it means so much to me.

Moderated by Supernatural guest stars Richard Speight Jr. and Rob Benedict, the duo kept fans (and panelists) laughing throughout the panel. (There was an extended running gag about a toy hamster — meant to be the hamster Mark A. Participating on a TV panel with his “Supernatural” co-stars at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, Padalecki was before an audience of thousands when he looked out and saw lights dotting the crowd. Sheppard’s Crowley spent time with last season — asking questions with an ever-changing accent.) “We’re really proud of last season,” showrunner Jeremy Carver said. “We had a lot of intensely personal character stories. Turns out, fans had arranged to hold tea candles to show their support for the actor, who has recently gone public with his own battle with depression. He explained he initially mistook the candles for cell phone lights and it was only until he was handed his own candle that he understood the gravity of the moment.

The surprise candle moment came about in support of his AKF campaign. “I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it,” Padelecki told E! And most importantly, I think the brothers are going to be united in their need to take this thing down.” “Now we’re left with the cleanup,” Jensen Ackles (Dean) previewed. “Getting rid of the Mark of Cain was [just the first step] … now it’s figuring out how we have to deal with the decisions we’ve made. While Misha Collins (Castiel) will be around — and he and Carver said Castiel’s relationship with the Winchester brothers would be solid — Sheppard played coy about whether he’d be returning. “I’m pretty dead. … It’s kind of what happens,” Sheppard said. “It’s been an amazing journey. I showed up as a guest star kissing a tall man on a bridge, and it’s been the best experience … even if I knew what happened, I wouldn’t damn well tell you.” But the panel took a bit of a turn when a fan asked about the decision to kill off Charlie (Felicia Day), who was a fan favorite — and one of the only females in the show’s world who was alive as of season 10. “That’s an excellent question, and it’s tough, because any time you have a favorite character on the show … people die on the show, unfortunately,” Carver said. “There’s so many ways to answer that; it’s tough for me to answer. Audience members were then asked to share their stories and photos with the hashtags #AKFHallH and #AlwaysKeepFighting on Twitter. “I thought there was like a rock band about to come out that I didn’t know about,” Ackles told E!

Jared and I talk about it, Misha [Collins] and I talk about it, we all talk about this relationship that has formed between the fans and us.” He continued, “It’s taken off over the past several years and it truly shows….Something that we have that other shows don’t have is a tangible relationship with our fans.

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