As the first season of The CW’s Walker, Texas Ranger reboot pushes on, Jared Padalecki has smoothly settled into the titular role. Many fans were likely wondering how he’d make the transition to the new role after spending so many years as Supernatural’s Sam Winchester, but things seem to be working out. While the show allows Padalecki the opportunity to play a different kind of role, it also gives him the chance to work alongside his wife, actress Genevieve Cortese. You can imagine that the experience is interesting for the two, and Padelecki recently gave a funny take on working with his spouse.
On Walker, Genevieve Cortese plays Emily Walker, the late wife of Jared Padalecki’s Cordell Walker who appears in flashbacks. The circumstances surrounding their characters’ relationship may be tragic but, during the couple’s recent appearance on The Talk, Padalecki referred to working with his wife as “magical.”
There are also a few perks that come with working with your spouse. While discussing his take on their working relationship, Jared Padalecki pointed out one of the best things that comes with working with Genevieve Cortese:
I’ll admit there have been a few times where we’ve been on set, and it’ll be like 5 p.m. and we’re both wrapped. And we’re like, ‘Well, if we wait a couple of hours, then the kids will be asleep by the time we get home. Let’s hang out in our trailer.’ … ‘Let’s tell the babysitter we’re still filming, and let’s go get some sushi or something.’
As the couple puts it, they’re working situation allows them to have the occasional “date day.” While not many of us can relate when it comes to starring on a TV show, plenty of people do understand needing a break from one’s children, even if a little trickery is involved.
Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese met when the latter joined Supernatural in a recurring role during the fourth season. The two eventually announced their engagement in January 2010 and were married the following month. Following her stint on the show, Cortese was separated from her husband for quite a while due to his filming commitments to the long-running CW series. In a previous interview, Cortese likened working with her husband on Walker to a “vacation,” saying they're both at the top of their game when they’re working together.
All in all, it would appear that Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese are making the most of their time together on the set of Walker. Working 12-hour days on a set can be tough, especially in the age of COVID-19. Luckily, these two stars are in a situation where they can be there for each other.
Walker airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.