Supernatural actor Ruth Connell shares a sweet memory from the show about Jensen Ackles helping her on set. As fans look back on the long-running monster drama, it's widely agreed that the key to its longevity was the trio of leads Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins. Their real friendship and what they brought to the characters ensured that the CW stalwart could withstand various apocalypses and conflicts that were occasionally familiar because of the solid foundation of performances and the chemistry between the actors.
The same holds true for many Supernatural guests that appeared over the course of 15 seasons. As the powerful witch Rowena MacLeod, Connell was one of the more memorable recurring presences in the series. Appearing in 33 episodes between the tenth installment and the last, Rowena was sometimes a friend to the heroes and a foe in other instances, but she was always entertaining. Still, Connell recalled a time when she didn't feel comfortable on set and how Ackles helped her.
Connell responded to a tweet that highlighted her second appearance as Rowena. "Girls, Girls, Girls", episode 7 of Supernatural season 10, included a tense confrontation between Dean and Rowena. Connell recalled how, when the moment called for Ackles to point at her with a gun, he was careful and made sure to reassure her that the gun was fake. In the tweet, included below, Connell says that Ackles' consideration made her more confident in their scenes.
Dean and Rowena's Scenes Were A Highlight Of Supernatural
Given Rowena's shifting villainy on Supernatural, it took her a while to get along with Dean and Sam. But one of the aspects that viewers most enjoyed, particularly in those later seasons, was how that relationship slowly evolved — particularly as it relates to the more prickly Dean. At first, Ackles' hunter couldn't roll his eyes at Rowena fast enough. At other points in the show, he was only somewhat sarcastically giving her compliments. And, near the end, when she sacrifices herself, both brothers are devastated by the loss.
That sort of relationship-building kept Supernatural fresh, shifting the focus away from sibling angst when necessary and providing a bit of levity. Connell's candid recollections reinforce how the show's lighting-in-a-bottle chemistry came from an authentic place. The fact that most new additions only added to the cast, becoming beloved characters in their own right, speaks to how Ackles set an example as the co-lead of Supernatural.
Source: Ruth Connell