Happy Thanksgiving! With a family message from Dean


As we pause to give thanks for the upcoming new Gilmore Girls episodes, we’re also showing some love for Jared Padelecki (Dean Forester) as Supernatural plods into its eleventh(!) season and he provides a glimpse into a seldom publicized side of celebrity life.


On Monday Jared posted a two-minute video message on Facebook, the peculiarly staged conversation showing him Skyping from Vancouver where he films for nine months of the year. He talks with Genevieve, Thomas and Shepherd – his wife and two boys – who are back in Austin.

Check the video out here: https://www.facebook.com/JaredPadalecki/videos/466160546922879/

Although it is sponsored by the juice company Minute Maid, it is not crazy upbeat and nor should it be considering Jared revealed his battle with depression earlier this year. In fact some of it is downright sad:

Jared: She’ll look me in the eye over however many hundreds or thousands-plus miles and reminds me that she’s making sacrifices… she helps me feel better and understand that I’m doing what I need to be doing.

And while he stares epically out over the harbour with his glass of OJ, he shares a relevant message for many of us in our day to day lives:

Jared: We all have self doubt – but in reality, we’re doing a good job. We’re doing better than we think we are.

Particularly poinient in this week of Thanksgiving, I’ll forgive the weirdness of the infomercial and go with it. Happy Thanksgiving y’all State-side and keep yourselves safe during those treacherous Black Friday stampedes.

How are you having your turkey this year?
1) Mrs. Kim Tofurkey Buffet-style
2) Deep-Fried Jackson-style
3) Homestyle with Yams Luke-style
4) Having someone else cook and carve it for you, Gilmore-style?

Also is anyone else suddenly craving epic juice?
Pic c/o Jared Padalecki #doingood minute maid



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

3 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving! With a family message from Dean

  • December 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Tofurkey and deep fried are still too extreme for me!
    Wishing Jared strength through his dark days … I am close to a few people who suffer from depression. I used to think they could snap out of it, but know much better now. Prayers for all who suffer with depression. Hard to relate, but learning more every day.

  • January 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Delete this … But it should be poignant.


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