Biography of Jensen Ackles
Childhood of Jensen Ackles
The boy was born in Dallas. Parents did not immediately choose a name for their son. They wanted to give the child not the most common name. Mom (Donna Joan Schaeffer) was flipping through the hymnal in church to find something original. The name of the son was the surname of one of the authors of the church hymn.
From childhood, the boy grew up admiring his father, Alan Roger Ackles, who was a famous actor. He has always been an idol for his son. Jensen studied scripts, knew all his work.
Jensen has a sister and a brother. It was customary for the family to go to church. The actor calls himself an unfanatic Christian. He grew up on the teachings of the Bible and, as he himself put it in interviews, faith is always with him.
Until the age of four, the boy often appeared in children’s advertisements. Then there was a break, and only at the age of 10 he again continued to act in commercials.
Jensen Ackles is a young and popular actor
In high school, Jensen devoted a lot of time to sports, playing on the baseball and lacrosse teams. When he started taking acting classes for fun, he was the only athlete there.
After graduating from school, the future screen star decided to go to university. He has already chosen there for himself a set of disciplines in his specialization of interest. Jensen wanted to become a physiotherapist and was even registered for admission.
At that time, he was offered to star in one of the projects. The future actor went to Los Angeles to see what was actually discussed. He passed the audition. He was offered to play a guest in the series, but he was not going to linger in the city, not wanting to deviate from his future plans. Eccles went home to consult with his parents. He always consulted with them when it was necessary to make some difficult decision. As a result, Jensen returned to Los Angeles, where he became a participant in the project, thinking that he could well stay there for one or two semesters, and if nothing happened, he could always return home. It was September 1996.
The family supported the aspiring actor. So his grandmother sent her grandson a postcard once a week so that he would not miss home much.
The beginning of the career of actor Jensen Ackles, filmography
The first roles were only episodic. The young actor appeared in the TV series Cybill, the comedy Mr. Rhodes and in Sweet Valley School. In the comedy film “Mr. Rhodes” he played a student. There Jensen filmed for eighteen weeks.
It was his first full-time job, thanks to which Ackles immediately began to provide for himself. As he later admitted in an interview, the actor considers his independent life at a young age to be his great achievement in life.
A year later, he appeared in Days of Our Lives, playing the role of Eric Brady. His participation in this project lasted from 1997 to 2000, until he himself decided to leave in order to be able to act in other series. Even then, he had a lot of fans, whose letters the actor received daily.
During the filming of “Days of Our Lives” he was invited to take part in the filming of the film “Unkissed”. The invitation was made at the request of Drew Barrymore, who was filming there. Unfortunately, Ackles had to refuse this offer, as the filming schedules for both films coincided.
Jensen Ackles at present
In 2000, the actor starred in a film about Marilyn Monroe called “Blonde”. His next job was shooting in the series “Dark Angel”, where Jessica Alba played with him. He considers his work with James Cameron in this film to be very memorable.
Professionally, 2003 was a good year for Jensen. He worked in the film “Dawson’s Creek” and in several episodes of “Quiet Life”. In 2004, Ackles played the lover of the heroine, played by Christina Kreuk, in Smallville.
Jensen played the main role in 2005 in Soul Eater, where he had a chance to work with his idol – his own father. In the same 2005, he was invited to the TV series Supernatural, and in the lead role. In this mystical film, he played Dean Winchester.
His main partner in the project was the actor, also playing a major role, Jared Padalecki. These shootings are especially memorable for Ackles. There he became friends with Jared, although he is four years younger than him. In 2007, the actor was lucky enough to play on the same stage with Lou Diamond Phillips. The play was staged at the Casa Mañana theater in Texas, its title is “A Few Good Guys”. So Eccles first played on the stage.
With the project “Supernatural” the actor is also associated with his first directorial experience. He directed four episodes of the sixth season. In 2011, he again directed three episodes of the seventh and three episodes of the eighth season.
Personal life of Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ackles with his wife Danneel Harris.
Jensen is married to fashion model, actress and gymnast Danneel Harris. In mid-2013, they became the happy parents of a little daughter. She was given the name Justice Jay Ackles.
Ackles considers his father a highly professional actor and always turns to him for advice. His father has always been and remains his hero.
The actor is happy to communicate with fans, especially when they ask not about him personally, but about the roles played and work. This, he says, flatters him.