Supernatural star Jared Padalecki hasn’t kept his battle with depression a secret. He’s spoke about in previous interviews and even spoke to FanBolt about it quite openly yesterday in the show’s press room at Comic-Con 2015.
As the Supernatural panel got underway in the infamous Hall H yesterday, Padalecki was greeted by thousands of fans offering their support for him and his work. Fans held up small tea light candles which had the phrase “Always Keeping Fighting” on them – referencing a t-shirt campaign that Padalecki had started back in March. The campaign’s goal was to raise money for the charity To Write Love on Her Arms, which strives to spread awareness and help to individuals struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.
After the Supernatural panel and after our press room with the cast, Padalecki posted a thank you message to fans as he headed back to Vancouver.
A thank you.
To anybody and everybody that had ANY part whatsoever in the Always Keep Fighting Hall H tea light event.
As I travel back to Vancouver from San Diego Comic-Con, with my partners in crime Jensen Ackles and Mark Sheppard, the enormity of what happened is finally starting to sink in….
I am beyond moved.
I feel so blessed, and grateful, and honored to be a part of the magical Supernatural Family.
Sitting on that stage in Hall H, I initially mistook all of the lights for cell phone cameras. It’s difficult to discern specific shapes and faces with all of those stage lights shining on you (and, it’s quite intimidating up there, sitting in front of 6,500 people!!). Then, when I had a light given to me with an explanation of what it was and what it stood for, I was (and am still) gob-smacked.
From the very bottom of my heart and my soul, thank you so much.
I will never forget this day. I will never forget the love that I felt, and still feel.
And, to everybody who held a light for me, please know that I hold my light for you.
Though I happened to be the one sitting on stage, I am but one small light in a see of thousands. TOGETHER, we can and will make a difference!
Keep letting your light shine. I will do the same.
And, keep fighting.
Always Keep Fighting.
We’ll have coverage coming shortly of our interview with Padalecki in the Supernatural press room, but we can say that it warmed our hearts how happy he looked as he chatted with fans and press!
Comic-Con Press Room Photo Credits: Emma Loggins / FanBolt