‘Supernatural’ bond shows what Comic-Con’s all about

SAN DIEGO — There’s a good chance you’ve never seen “Supernatural.”

You’d probably be floored to learn the drama series is heading into its 13th season on The CW this fall.

“We have a very devoted cult following, but we don’t have a ton of fans,” admitted Misha Collins, who portrays the angel Castiel. “Not everybody knows the show.”

Devoted might not be a strong enough word to describe some fans of demon-fighting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles). Such a word may not exist.

When they hit the stage Wednesday night during their appearance on TBS’ “Conan,” the screams were just as loud, if not more so, as the clamor for previous guest Will Smith.

This is the part where I tell you I met one of those fans.

With all the waiting around during Comic-Con, you tend to strike up friendships with the people near you. And I spent plenty of time near 19-year-old Paris and her mother. When she found out I was going to interview the “Supernatural” cast Sunday, Paris’ eyes went wider than an anime character’s. I told her I’d try to take a photo or something and gave her my business card so she could contact me.

The next morning, she sent me an email that read, in part: “If you get the chance, can you thank the boys, because they are one of the reasons I’m still alive. They gave me hope and a reason to fight. (I have major depression disorder, suicidal ideation, OCD and ADD). Every time I have an urge to harm myself, purge, or end it all, I go back and I watch my favorite episodes.”

That email broke me.

Remember in “Mortal Kombat” how Sub-Zero would reach inside his opponent and rip out his spine? That’s how I felt.

So during the roundtable interviews, I used my one question to read Paris’ email (with her permission) to Padalecki and Ackles. They, along with Collins, support a crisis network for their fans that was founded after hearing similar stories during the dozen or so fan conventions they attend each year, including the annual four-day fest at the Rio.

“Wow, that’s extremely touching,” a visibly shaken Padalecki said. The actor has openly struggled with depression and has launched multiple campaigns to raise money and awareness. Since I was recording video, he looked into my iPhone and gave Paris words of encouragement that I’m going to leave between them.

“Sometimes it’s hard to process when somebody says stuff like that, but for me, I take that as fuel. That’s inspiring,” Ackles said when I read him the email. “If I can inspire maybe one person through my work to maybe not hurt themselves, then I think that it’s worth it.” He also shared a personal message for Paris.

I pulled out Funko Pop! toys of Sam and Dean that I’d purchased that morning on the convention floor and had Padalecki and Ackles sign them for her. It’s a major no-no at press events, but I didn’t care.

The only way I had to contact Paris was through email. Nineteen-year-olds, it turns out, don’t check their email all that frequently, and I didn’t hear back from her till she was boarding her plane. I texted her the videos and a photo of the toys that I’ll mail her.

“I’m crying,” she responded. “This is the best thing ever.”

It’s also the best way I can explain what Comic-Con means to people.

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567. Follow @life_onthecouch on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio, MGM Resorts International’s luxury hotel turns 20
The more than 3,000-room Bellagio hotel is situated on the site of the former Dunes Hotel. The Dunes was imploded in 1993, and construction of the Bellagio started in 1996. It cost $1.6 billion to build, making it the most expensive hotel in the world at the time. The Bellagio was former Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn’s second major casino on the Strip after The Mirage. MGM Resorts International acquired the property from Steve Wynn in 2000. (Tara Mack/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Recycled Art and Cute Dogs at Summerlin Festival Of Arts
Recycled Art, Cute Dogs Abound At Summerlin Festival Of Arts (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bellagio Patisserie Creates Life-size Sculpture Of 20th Anniversary Of Cirque Du Soleil Show
Bellagio Patisserie Creates Life-size Sculpture Of 20th Anniversary Of Cirque Du Soleil Show (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
10 Most Iconic Moments At The Bellagio Fountains
10 Most Iconic Moments At The Bellagio Fountains (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Jason Aldean talks about the possibility of a Las Vegas residency
Country superstar Jason Aldean discusses his feelings about playing in Las Vegas and says he'd be interested in a Las Vegas residency when the time is right at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 21, 2018.(John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Block 16 Urban Food Hall Serves Favorite Foods From Across The US
Block 16 Urban Food Hall Serves Favorite Foods From Across The US (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Benny the Skating Dog could be the next Golden Knights on-ice entertainment
Benny the Skating Dog could be the next Golden Knights on-ice entertainment (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Who To Watch At Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful Setup
Workers preparing Fremont street for this weekend's Life is Beautiful festival, on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal
The 46th annual Greek Food Festival will feed 25,000 people in Las Vegas
Madame Tussauds Has The Newest VR Experience On The Strip
Madame Tussauds Has The Newest VR Experience On The Strip. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Zia Records Move
Zias Records is moving from its Sahara Avenue and Arville Street location to a bigger store. (Mat Luscheck/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Students At The International Contortion Convention In Las Vegas Learn How To Bend And Twist Their Bodies
Students At The International Contortion Convention In Las Vegas Learn How To Bend And Twist Their Bodies. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Video from Fertitta wedding Sep. 1
video from @wedstagrams of Fertitta wedding at Red Rock Resort
You Can Get Vegan Unicorn Toast In Downtown Las Vegas
You Can Get Vegan Unicorn Toast In Downtown Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Five must-see bands at Psycho Las Vegas 2018
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch
Zuma's Ice Cube Carving Is Satisfying To Watch (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores
Therapy In Downtown Las Vegas Serves Cast Iron S'mores. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like