“Supernatural” Fate for Texas Artist Boyd Elder’s “Y6 Sunrise” Bull Skull

Actor Jensen Ackles Adds Storied Bull Skull Art Piece to his Texas Art Collection

The saga of “Y6 Sunrise” reads like a sci-fi script: An otherworldly looking art piece – a storied West Texas Hereford bull skull painted by near-mythical Lone Star multi-media artist and raconteur Boyd Elder – survives a harrowing, decades-long journey to hell and back.

Miraculously, the piece lands back safely in the Lone Star State, then winds up the centerpiece in the new Austin-area home of Jensen Ackles, the Dallas-born “Supernatural” TV series star and Texas art collector who grew up in nearby Richmond.

“Y6 Sunrise” was the centerpiece of Elder’s “4×4” exhibit at the Bale Creek Allen Gallery in Austin in mid-2016, where Ackles and his wife, actor Danneel Ackles, originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, first saw the piece on display.

The Ackleses were decorating their newly remodeled home with iconic Texas imagery and agreed “Y6 Sunrise” was the piece de resistance. The purchase price remains undisclosed.

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22nd February, 2018 Daniela Godinho Stephen K. Peeples
Family, Family Business Beer Company, Interests, Supernatural

The stars of Supernatural break down the moments that changed the show

Finding John Winchester (portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was the boys’ goal in season 1, though that ended up being about as difficult as getting John to stick around once he was finally discovered. The Winchester family reunion was short-lived: Season 1 closed with a car crash and the fates of all three men up in the air. And then there was that demonic deal John made with the same monster they had been hunting.

JENSEN ACKLES: Everything up until that point was about finding Dad. We found Dad, we continued to fight as a unit, and then we lost Dad, and now we were two orphans.
JARED PADALECKI: And I think that was the first time we ever brought back somebody from the dead, and it was you [to Ackles].
ACKLES: I died in the car crash, and he traded his life with Azazel.
PADALECKI: I think that was the first time we ever saw a major character die and come back. And that was a total leap of faith. So we told the story of Reapers and the veil and what happens to your soul.
ACKLES: That’s when we got into afterlife.
PADALECKI: That was a big title shift in what Supernatural could do…
ACKLES: With the introduction of Hell and making deals with demons — which is funny, because you think about that now, and [creator] Eric [Kripke] must’ve always known because Mom made the deal with the yellow-eyed demon.

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29th September, 2017 Daniela Godinho Samantha Highfill, Entertainment Weekly
Acting, Season 1, Season 12, Season 2, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Supernatural

Supernatural: The Cast and Creators Looks Back on Making 200 Episodes and Ponder the Future

Reflecting on Reaching Episode 200
[…]
Jensen Ackles (“Dean Winchester”): I still don’t even know what’s happening. Everybody’s like “200!” and I’m like, “Is it? Oh yeah, we did do 200. Gosh, I felt like we were just at 100!” Jared and I have this saying… We didn’t come up with it, but it’s, “Success is what happens when you’re too busy working to pay attention.” I feel like he and I have been too busy, just head down, cranking out the episodes, working with our crew, taking the material the writers give us, making it come to life. Then all of a sudden it’s like, oh, we’re at episode 209! It’s like, “What happened? Well listen, we can’t stop and smell the roses because episode 210, episode 211, episode 212 are on deck, so keep moving, pal.” We ain’t got time. We can smell the roses when the show’s done.

How Much Longer Can Supernatural Go?
[…]
Jensen Ackles: I still really enjoy playing the character. He’s not boring to me. I have fun playing Dean. I still get along famously with the people I work with. The fans are fantastic. It has changed my life, this show. I really feel so blessed and so thrilled and humbled by what this show has given me and I’m not bored. Some people are like. “Wouldn’t you rather be in a really big hit show or wouldn’t you rather be in movies?” or something, and I’m like, “No, I’m working! I’m a working actor.” Look, just because the show’s not the number one show on television, and just because I’m not in the biggest blockbuster on a box office weekend doesn’t mean that I’m not doing what I love to do. I would still be doing the same thing but I run the risk of A: not liking the people I work with, B: working on a show that I don’t like the character, the writers don’t write for me, whatever the case may be. Right now I’m in a pretty good position and I’m in a position that people who are in those more notable positions might envy and I’m okay with that. I like my job!

7th November, 2014 Sílvia Tavares Eric Goldman, IGN
Acting, Season 10, Supernatural

Jensen Ackles talks about directing and Supernatural

Ackles remains to answer some follow-up questions, including how it is that his “Soul Survivor” both is and is not the first episode of Season 10.

Jensen Ackles: It’s not the season premiere. It will air third, but it was the first one that we shot [for the season]. They basically did me a very nice favor in moving the episode that I’m directing to the first one to be filmed, so that I could prep without actually having to act in another episode. Because otherwise, I’d have to be working on Episode Two as an actor, trying to prep for Episode Three as a director, and that would be very, very difficult. So they bumped mine up to the front of the list to allow me to come back a little early from my hiatus, do the prep, do the shoot, and now, we’re actually starting our season premiere today, which they kindly wrote Jared and I out of the first day, so we could come and spend the day with [the Television Critics Association].

After recurring on SUPERNATURAL since Season 5, Mark Sheppard is now a regular this season. Did the show discover it just couldn’t live without him, or …?

Jensen Ackles: I think it’s just simply the beginning of an end [laughs]. No, he’s on as a contract player now, we’ve got Misha [Collins, who plays the angel Castiel] fully contracted now, and I couldn’t be more excited. Personally, I think it’s something we probably could have done a couple years ago, because I think that they are integral to the story and to the boys’ moving forward. It definitely is going to make for some interesting storylines and arcs this year, having them both available to us full-time. We’re not going to be having to share Mark with another series or having to share Misha with something else, so the fact that they’re both on full-time is welcome to us.

Do you have a favorite moment in the ten years of SUPERNATURAL?

Jensen Ackles: My favorite moment? That’s virtually an impossible question to answer [laughs]. There have been many, many moments. I would say personally, it was probably a toss-up between marrying my wife [actress Danneel Harris] and having our daughter. Professionally, it is a collection of amazing events. I truly do get along with Jared as well as anyone could ever hope to get along with a co-worker, and that really makes for just a fun place to work. We laugh with our camera crew, we laugh with our sound guys, with our props department, with our electrics and grips and everybody, and it’s just one happy, dysfunctional family. And I think that the fact that we have these relationships is probably the greatest thing that’s happened to me since the start of the show.

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18th July, 2014 Sílvia Tavares Abbie Bernstein, Assignment X
Acting, Directing, Season 10, Supernatural

Jensen Ackles speaking about acting

“My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn’t something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job.”

“What I enjoy most is travelling to different places and meeting new people. For me, it’s all about life experiences, and I’m very grateful that acting allows me so many interesting and fulfilling ones.”

“When we started, we knew the show was going to be hit or miss, and we needed to find a core audience to really make us survive. And I think we’ve been able to do that.”

“Comedy, drama, Westerns, sci-fi… it’s all fine if the story’s compelling and the character is interesting to me. I do like action a lot.”

20th June, 2014 Sílvia Tavares Yareah Magazine
Acting, Growing up, Interests

Secrets to the Long Life of Supernatural

It’s about the hair.
[…] “The way my hair is, if I get out of the shower and put a beanie on or something, it just kind of lays,” said Mr. Padalecki, whose leonine tresses are one of the show’s trademarks. “But it doesn’t lay well for the camera, because it’ll cover” — he gestures to his face — “the thing.”

Mr. Ackles, whose laugh is like the crack of the show’s magic Colt revolver, said, “I’m fairly certain that that mop is solely responsible for the 10th-season pickup.”

It’s about the brothers.
[…] “At the end of the day we have a very good understanding that a lot of it comes down to he and I, and how we relate to each other on- and off-screen,” Mr. Ackles said. “That was impressed upon us very early on by Eric Kripke,” the show’s creator. “He sat us down the first episode and said, ‘Listen, guys, this begins and ends with you.’ ”

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18th April, 2014 Daniela Godinho Mike Hale, NY Times
Supernatural

TV Guide Special’s Interview

Why does your little horror show strike such a big chord with fans?
Jensen: It’s about a show about monsters, about ghosts, about archetypal characters and crazy story lines, but what it boils down to is a show about brothers and their struggles together and apart. People may not identify with our stories, but they can with that relationship. I can’t imagine how it would ever have worked had Jared and I not worked out as friends off screen…
Jared: It wouldn’t have!
Jensen: Because the friendship that we share off screen is poured into our characters and their relationship on screen.
Jared: It’s also about the broader sense of family. As Bobby once said, “Family don’t end with blood.” Our show is about a kind of large dysfunctional family. And that extends to our fans. We are not kidding when we tell them, “Y’all are part of our show. We’ve made episodes about you.”

When did you realize you guys had off-the-charts chemistry as brothers?
Jensen: As soon as we first met at the network reading [for the pilot]! Jared and I read together and we fell into an instant rhythm that’s still there.
Jared: We got each other pretty quick. We were both from Texas. We [love] country music and pickup trucks. On a Saturday we’d rather go drink beer and fish than go to a rave party.
Jensen: Yup. Right then we knew we’d get along. But there was more. We come from humble beginning, with parents who still love each other. We’re both middle children with an older brother and young sisters who have the same initials.
Jensen: And we both married smart women who are part Sicilian!

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1st July, 2012 Daniela Godinho Ileane Rudolph, TV Guide Comic Con Special
Supernatural

Two american ghostbusters in Rome

Do they believe in ghosts in their everyday life?
Jensen Ackles: “I believe there is something that surrounds us, a certain energy… Yet I’m not one that jumps to the conclusion it must be something supernatural. For instance, if in the night I hear a sinister noise, I think it must be a thief or the wind, not a ghost for sure!”.

Jared Padalecki: “I agree. I don’t believe in ghosts, but if I saw one I would call Dean Winchester!” (He bursts out laughing).

Is there something you share with your characters: personality, clothing…
Jared: “I have a lot in common with Sam. I am a reflective guy, but if action is needed, I am ready to go. As for clothes, Sam is like me, he needs to feel comfortable. In my spare time I wear jeans, a shirt or a t-shirt and (he raises a leg to show his shoes) sneakers.. But when I have to look elegant I slip into my tuxedo! Thanks to this convention I visited Ferragamo’s atelier … I saw some stunning tuxedos!”.

Jensen: “Dean and I share a similar clothing style (he says so looking at his clothes): jeans, t-shirts, combat boots and a few leather cuffs. Clothes are important, because the character starts from there. The mere fact I am wearing unusual clothes turns me into someone else.”

What is fashion for you?
Jensen: “It’s a way to express yourself. Sometimes I see someone particularly well-dresses and I steal some ideas… yet I am not fashionable, my wife is (actress Daneel Harris, Editor’s note) and she suggests me what to wear”.

Jared: “It’s like your business card: what you wear speaks about you. But I don’t follow trends, I wear what I like and I think I look good in it”.

15th April, 2011 Daniela Godinho Barbara Zorzoli, Vogue IT
Fashion, Interests

Winchesters Gone Wild

Jensen Ackles got his cowboy on when Supernatural transported Dean and Sam to the Old West for an upcoming episode.

“The guys find a formula to battle Eve, the mother of all monsters, but the problem is the only record of this formula ever existing happened over a 100 years ago,” Ackles previews.

“So they call upon their angel friends to give them a time-travel experience.” The excursion fit like a glove, says Ackles, who like Dean is wild about Westerns. “I sent a picture to my father [from this episode], and he wrote back, ‘You’ve been rehearsing this scene since you were six.'”
Hopefully he rehearsed it well, because Supernatural pulled out all the stops. “I get to have, like, a high noon shootout, we get to see a hanging…,” says Ackles. “We packed a lot into a 42-minute episode. It’s really good.”

1st March, 2011 Daniela Godinho Matt Webb Mitovich, TV Line
Growing up, Season 6, Supernatural

The Winchester Brothers

Why do you think fans find the CW series so appealing?
Padalecki: The show is based on mythology archetypes – the reluctant heroes of “Star Wars”, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix”. We’re there two ordinary guys in their old car, jeans and T-shirts trying to do the right thing. People admire that.

Ackles: You’ve got great chemistry between two characters. They give themselves up for each other constantly. That connection is something people can latch on to.

Besides the dimples and buff bods, what makes Sam and Dean so hot?
Ackles: Uh, our director of photography.
Padalecki: That’s true. [Laughs] There’s also something sexy about two men who want to do good.

And what make them cool?
Ackles: Dean has that devil-may-care attitude. And when you dig deeper, he’s a truly good guy.
Padalecki: We’ve seen Sam take so many shots – his girlfriend frying on the ceiling, his brother dying, being possessed by Lucifer – and he gets up and keeps going. Sam inspires me to keep going.
Ackles: [Laughs] Both these guys are extremely charming, probably more than the two guys who play them.

1st November, 2010 Daniela Godinho Ileane Rudolph, TV Guide Magazine
Supernatural