I am going to write up the other two M&G’s I did with Jensen, but someone has asked for this story.
Question: Can you tell us how Danneel told you she was pregnant?
I kind of thought he may pull back on that because he has definitely kept these sorts of things private before (eg: how he proposed to Danneel) but credit to him - he let us have this one ;)
Jensen: Danneel decided to send me an email (we laughed) no..no it’s not what you think! This is how she did it…she calls me right before I’m about to shoot a scene and asks me if I’ve checked my phone for emails. I say no I gotta go shoot right now, I’ll call you back and she’s all CHECK YOUR PHONE. So anyway I shoot the scene and it’s all done and I check my emails on my phone and there’s this email from her which has these images attached. These three frames from three separate pregnancy tests all with the little blue plus all in the one photo. And of course I’m all…at this point Jensen mimes staring myopically at his phone, creased brow, like he’s trying to figure it out…and I see the pictures of the different sticks all laid out and so I’m like “Wait a second. Is this what I think it is?” And I ring her straight away and ask her - Does this mean what I think it means??? And she just laughs at me and says “Yeah - we’re having a baby”. She wanted to be sure so she did it three times.And that’s how Danneel told me.
So yeah…I’m not quite sure which couple is winning in the adorable romance and family way stakes at the moment. Pretty sure both the guys are besotted so hard with their women and vice versa. I kinda love it.
Continuing on from my previous post on this M&G which was Jensen’s first for the weekend the next question was around directing and would he be directing in Season 9. Jensen said that he has let the producers know that he would very much like to direct but that due to the baby being on the way he doesn’t want to cut short his vacation time as he has done in previous years in order to prep. So if he directs it will be more towards the middle of the season more likely.
Asked about if he had enough sleep given the usual style of Rome Con being travel heavy etc plus the boys seem to be partying more Jensen stated that he’s actually had more sleep since being in Rome than back home. He never knew about this but apparently mothers to be go into sleep training mode whereby they wake up every few hours and so since he shares a bed with said mother to be he’s in sleep training as well right now. So Rome has given him more sleep.
Christian Kane was mentioned by someone and that there were all sorts of speculation that he will be in a season 9 episode - according to CK’s tweets anyway. Jensen said he doesn’t know what Kane’s been smoking but there is nothing concrete at all. Chris had texted him to ask about maybe doing a guest star spot and Jensen was all for it, great actor, great friend and that he would speak to production but it had gone no further than that.
I asked the question about something Clif had said a while ago about it being a bad day on set if Jared doesn’t get to work out or if he doesn’t get enough to eat (Jensen interjected with - Well yeah…for Jared!) so I asked if there’s anything that causes Jensen to have a bad day on set and he thought on this a moment but came to the conclusion that really nothing much sets him off, although if he thinks about he’s really not a fan of things running over time unnecessarily. That probably does annoy him a little bit but general he’s pretty unruffled by most things.
Of course the Impala key story had to come up. I think this must have been a first because he goes “Wait. How’d you hear about that??” We explained Suzie Hinton had tweeted about it and he just shook his head with a wry smile. He told us we didn’t know the half of it really. They have a couple of Impalas they use for the trunk shots (obviously all they’re Impalas not cached out the same) Hero and one other. Hero has a couple of keys to her trunk and the other one only has one key. He doesn’t know why (I got the impression this was rectified PDQ after this incident). Jensen went on explain about the scene they were shooting. It was fairly elaborate camera work from multiple angles, he was to prop up the trunk, reach in, grab the gear and slam it shut. They had to shoot for Jared’s coverage, shoot for Jensen’s coverage and reset each time etc etc. Anyway Jensen had approached the director and said hey - why don’t we just shoot the dialogue across the top of the car that way we don’t need to reset for this that or the other, and then we grab the gear out the trunk etc etc. The director and Jensen know each other well but in the end the director decided he definitely wanted to shoot is his original way. Jensen was like hey fine, you’re the director, let’s do this. So they do it and on the first take Jensen realises he’s left the key in the trunk just as it slams shut. This is the Impala trunk they only have one key to. They then spend an hour trying to get the trunk unlocked. He said they tried everything, but time and of course money was ticking by. In the end the director just made the decision to shoot it the way Jensen had suggested in the first place. They finally got a wrap on that scene and trying to get a laugh Jensen apparently reached into his pocket and pulled out a key and went “Oh hey. There it was!” The entire crews’ faces were just shocked and stunned. They thought in that moment Jensen was serious and that he’d just pulled this whole stunt to get the director to film it the way Jensen had originally suggested! Jensen was grinning as he said he had to very, very quickly add on the “I’m kidding, kidding! Not the key I swear!”
And that concludes my write up for M&G number 1 with Jensen. I was lucky enough to attend two others which I will be writing about here as well. For now - time for bed.
Jensen and the Panda - JIB 2013
Misha attached a stuffed Panda to Jensen’s microphone. Why? Because he’s Misha.
Jensen was all forlorn when it finally fell to the floor.
#jibcon Some pics of Jensen. Please credit by using @redteekal.
Hello to all my new followers and wow I’ve never seen my inbox so full! I will reply to each and every one of you but it will take some time as I am in the middle of this con & then fly tonight to England to pick up a dog to take to Spain and compete with in the World Agility Open Championships. I hope the hotels I stay in have Wifi but we shall see. I have one more Jensen/Misha panel to go to and then I need to hot foot it to the airport. To all those asking if they can use my photos the answer is YES! All I ask is for a credit note on your posts - leading back to my tumblr or my twitter account @redteekal.
Cheers and thanks guys - your comments and notes are making my efforts feel very appreciated (and also go a long way to easing the heartache I have over not seeing Jared this weekend).
Apologies for the blurred pics here - but I was finding it very difficult to hold the camera still during this moment.
Top photo - Jensen throws down the gauntlet, Ty has to make him laugh within 15 seconds & if he doesn’t he has to be in bed by 10pm. If he laughs then he’s keeping him up all night.
Second Photo - Brock starts timing and Ty begins with an aborted handspring which mutates into crawling through Jensen’s legs.
Third Photo - Still nothing from Jensen Ty begins what can only be described as some weird yoga like molestation of Jensen’s lower body which then escalates…
Fourth and Fifth photo - to where he just full on starts humping Jensen’s leg. TY IS ON THE FLOOR HUMPING JENSEN ACKLES’ LEG PEOPLE.
Still nothing. Jensen even looks bored. So finally with three seconds to go Ty stands up and just gives Jensen a look.
Sixth Photo - Jensen BREAKS!
Seventh and Eighth photo - The Aftermath Of Ty Olsson Breaking Jensen Ackles into laughter.
I felt this M&G went really well, it was a good group of people from about 14 different countries and they just about all spoke and understood English really well. Jensen seemed pretty happy, very relaxed and Cliff came in with him, made the air con squeal when he turned it on and then scooted out. He was left with Daniela on one side and a JIB staffer on the other and the rest of us down the rectangular table.
First question was asking about the fairly hefty change of scenery involving the MOL “BatCave” as Jensen himself called it and what did Jensen think of that when it came up and was he surprised by it as it is a huge and significant change in the storyline for the boys. Jensen answered that he was surprised by it and a little wary of it - as it is like a mammoth Dad’s Journal really and he had initial reservations that due to the purpose of the MOL base that it could really negate all that Sam and Dean had done as “wrong” given all the history and knowledge kept there. It really told them about the past and also will give them insight into the future. But he found he embraced it pretty quickly once it was clear that wasn’t happening and he loves it now, hopes that it stays around and knows that they haven’t utilised anywhere near as much as they can yet and he’s pretty sure it will be used in Season 9.
That led nicely into my question about establishment - I asked him if it was conceived of prior to Season 8’s beginnings and even back to the final destruction of Bobby’s house. Jensen answered that yes - he believes the MOL storyline and the Bat Cave home base idea was around before Season 8 started. They knew that they needed a new home base set as the Bobby house set was built to be a temporary set and was used for five years and so was falling apart - they knew that they could either somehow revamp it or demolish it completely and come up with something new. He mentioned that it was interesting how sometimes things as simple as logistics surrounding sets and locations can be what drives certain paths in writing the storylines.
Still on the MOL topic - I got the impression the fans love it and are now just adorably amused by certain inexplicable aspects of it - a fan asked about the fact that this bunker is buried under a mountain and goes deep underground, is apparently in a black hole for radar detection and yet Sam still gets superb Wifi - could Jensen please explain? LOL! He had a good chuckle over that as did we and mentioned that yes these were definitely questions he and Jared had asked (and had even been brought up in the show - re electricity etc) but that there had been no explanation forthcoming. He was positive Carver definitely had a very long and convoluted explanation for it all but for now he was content to just chalk that up to the little mysteries that sometimes occur on the show and to just sweep those things under the carpet.
Okay…this is going to be in Parts I’ve decided as I need to head down to the Con for Jensen’s panel.
To be honest - all three of the guys completely reveled in the character building. Misha’s default accent is IndiaRussia, Jensen’s Ricardo had a definite hispanic lilt and Ty’s Old Man came out a little Southern.
Jensen and Misha really embraced their inner puppeteers for this impromptu JIBCon show.