Seven seasons in to “Supernatural,” a show that few expected to survive its first season, the set is arguably one of the most comfortable we’ve visited.
When we stopped by this week on an uncharacteristically mild Vancouver day, everyone was in good spirits because a crew member’s mother had sent homemade snacks to work. A giant Super Bowl pool was set up just off-screen (with a tiny, futile “Go Cowboys” written in below every instance of Jensen Ackles‘ name). Jared Padalecki rehearsed a scene in which he used a candlestick to break a glass display case — and when cut was called, he turned, looked at the camera, gave it his best smoldering glare, licked the candle stick, and reset the scene.
Fans can likely look forward to seeing that on the blooper reel.
When we sat down with the boys (beside a set piece from the upcoming episode “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie”) we had to talk to them about the most recent episode, in which Dean went back in time to the ’40s. “They had a hard time getting me to get out of the outfit there,” Jensen admits. “With the coat and the thing and the hair and the gun. I walked on set and multiple crew guys — we’re talking guys that are head-to-toe Gore-Tex when we’re filming — just came up to me and started touching my jacket. They’re like ‘Why did we stop dressing like this?'”
Jared didn’t get to suit up for this particular time-travel adventure, but he’s got some ideas about where Sam could go should they trade the Impala for a DeLorean. “I think Sam would do well in the United States around 1940, 1941, when we started getting involved in World War II,” he tells us. “One of the things I like about my character is that he’s willing to sacrifice his good for the greater good. I’ve always had a fantasy about being able to do a story that takes place kind of World War II era.”
For his part, Jensen thinks it’s time to head to Medieval Times. He would also be open to going to the future, though he’s got his hesitations about hover boards.
In this week’s episode, our “Vampire Diaries” fave Sara Canning as a one-night-stand with Dean… resulting in some kind of creepy monster baby who ages 16 years in three days. (Jensen still thinks the meta episode was weirder.) “The Slice Girls, as the show is lovingly called, is a little out there,” he says. “It’s a bit of a different scenario for Dean. He has a daughter.”
That three-day-old baby arrives on Dean’s doorstep looking ready for her first day of junior year. “She’s been sent to ‘take care of me,'” Jensen says. “It’s a bit conflicting. Sam has to come in and save the day, which is what Dean had to do at the beginning of the Season… it’s one of those brother moments that we all cherish.”
“We’re trying to teach abstinence!” Jared jokes. “You fool around, you become a parent the next day. The Winchesters have never had great luck with their, uh, their ‘loved ones.’ That’s an ongoing theme. Sam finds himself in a position where the lesson that Dean was harping on earlier in the year, with you’ve got to do what’s right even if it upsets you personally, Sam finds himself having to say that to Dean.”
You can watch the video with Jared and Jensen below, but be warned — it’s a little choppy, as we were trying to talk while some Leviathans were doing their dirty work nearby. Keep an eye out next week for Part 2 of our interview, and in the meantime, don’t miss “Supernatural” Fridays at 9 p.m. EST.