When we nominated 10 up-and-comers in our TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars poll, we weren't expecting the deluge of support from fans of "Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki. But after talking to Padalecki -- the winner of the poll with a remarkable 51 percent of the votes -- we realize that... maybe we should have.
"I guess the reason so many people voted is because 'Supernatural' has such a rabid following," Padalecki explains. "They're really supportive of me. I wouldn't have that following if it weren't for 'Supernatural.'"
"Thanks a million," he tells fans. "That makes me feel really good, really flattered. I don't know what to say, that's huge. Really cool."
In honor of the big win, NextMovie talked to Padalecki about his Hollywood plans and more.
If you do make the jump to movies, are there any roles you're shooting for?
I want to do everything. There's a book that I read, really a great book -- it's called "Lone Survivor" and I think they're trying to make it into a movie. I would love to play Marcus Luttrell, who was the author and the "lone survivor." He's a national hero; he's very courageous and heroic in insurmountable danger, so it's something I'd love to explore. And being involved in – what, three wars, right now? The U.S? — it's easy to sit here and worry about rats in my vents and wisdom teeth being pulled.* Meanwhile, there are a lot of people who don't have running water and… [there are men and women] fighting for our freedom. I'm really grateful for that and I’d love to explore that on screen.
Long story short, I see movies all the time that I'd love to be in.
Anything you've seen recently?
A lot of the movies I'd like to be in, I haven't been right for yet. The first one that comes to mind (because I just watched it again) is "Inglorious Basterds." It was such an awesome movie, such great acting. And actually, my father's a big war buff , so I became a big war buff -- anything having to do with World War II, I'd love to be a part of. I'd love to do a war movie in some way, shape or form.
I'd love to do a comedy. I'm terrified of comedy. I don't think I'm funny, but I guess that's why it's so thrilling.
Is there a particular actor whose career you'd really love to mirror?
Yeah, I really like Tom Hanks' career. It's hard not to like his career. There are a lot of actors that I really love to watch, actors who I have fun watching -- I think Johnny Depp is phenomenal. But I wouldn't want that career as much as I'd like a career like Tom Hanks -- he kind of represents the everyman. It's difficult to watch a movie with Tom Hanks and not feel like you're experiencing with him as much as watching him. I lean towards him. And everything I've heard from people in the business is that he's a really genuine, respectable, grateful guy. I'd love to work with him as much as someday have a career like his.
Would you ever consider leaving "Supernatural" if the right role popped up at the wrong time for your shooting schedule?
I wouldn't. I'm a Texas guy, and the good and bad of that is that I'm always, first and foremost, loyal. If it weren't for "Supernatural," I wouldn't have a lot of the blessings that I have today, so I'm going to play it out. I'm going to give it my all. I'll be with the cast and crew for the remainder, as long as the fans want us on the air and the network obliges.
I'd love to have a movie career. I'm still pretty young. I'm not going to be 29 for another month. So if the show goes another year, I'm 30. If it goes for five years, I'm 34. I think I'm hopefully in the dawn of my career, not in the dusk, so I think I'd be happier sticking it out with "Supernatural."
Who is your TV star you want to see make it big in movies?
There's a buddy of mine who I think is really talented — Zachary Levi. On "Chuck," obviously, he plays Chuck. I'm a big fan of him as a person. I think he's a really nice, cool guy. He's really funny. He's fun to be around and I think he'd be fun to see on the big screen. Maybe he and I, we'll grow together.
Don't let this influence your answer, we talked to Alexis Bledel and she totally said yes -- but if they came to you with a solid script, would you still do a "Gilmore Girls" movie?
One hundred percent. I would love to. I really would truly love to. It was so fun. I have nothing but fond memories of that show. I came to it straight out of high school, I grew up on the show, and I'd love to go revisit that character.
That's one of the fun things, about a TV show like "Gilmore Girls" or "Supernatural" -- you get these really passionate followers that put you in the lead in awesome polls like this. And someday maybe you get to go revisit them on the big screen. Maybe that would be a nice way to appease the people who were nice enough to vote for me.
Oh, on that note, can I make a shameless plug?
I just got a Twitter two weeks ago. I finally made the plunge and got a Twitter. I was going to do @jaredpadalecki, since that's my name, but that's already taken. I guess there are several Jared Padaleckis out in the world, so I'm actually @jarpad. That’s the real me.
* These are the real details of Padalecki's bad week - wisdom tooth removal and a rat problem -- and the reasons why he's especially grateful for your votes.