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18 Photos of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles' Supernatural Brotherly Love Through the Years

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Back in 2005, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were just getting started as Sam and Dean Winchester! Here they are kicking things off at an industry event.

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The pair have played brothers onscreen for 15 seasons, but it’s clear that their bromance extends offscreen as well. 

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Padalecki posted this throwback of the pair to announce the final season of the wildly popular show, captioning it, “Dear #spnfamily , Season 1 @jensenackles and I want you to know that next season, SEASON 15, will be the last season of #supernatural. I am so incredibly grateful for the family that we’ve all built together. I love y’all and am more appreciative of y’all than my meager vocabulary could hope to describe. I’m also typing through tears. So, please forgive me. ‘Til next time. #WinchestersNeverDie”

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In 2007, Padalecki told TV Guide that the reason they work so well together is because they’re “really good buddies.” He said, “…That’s been probably the best thing about Supernatural. In the last three years of my life, I’ve spent more time with Jensen Ackles than with any other human being and vice versa. Luckily, we get along really well and we are very similar guys. We’re both from Texas, we both love our families, the same kind of music, and the Dallas Cowboys. It’s been a huge blessing to work with somebody who is easygoing on set and who I’m friends with.”

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Ackles has the big brother shtick down pat. The face he makes while Padalecki goofs off (in front of none other than Kristen Bell!) is on point! 

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And just like brothers, they’re bound to post embarrassing photos of each other. Like this one that Padalecki snapped of his costar getting some beauty sleep on the road. 

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Though of course Ackles was ready to return the favor. 

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In reality, they’re two (very tired) peas in a pod. 

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Typical older brother behavior, Ackles blocked Padalecki’s shot of the crowd at Comic-Con in 2012. 

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Ackles told E! of their on- and offscreen friendship, “We certainly couldn’t pick who we got cast next to, and sometimes, you can’t pick who becomes your friend, it just kind of happens. And we got very fortunate in the fact that we not only got picked to be coworkers, but whatever it is, the universe kind of picked us to be buddies as well, and I think that’s really given us a leg up on any issues that we would have run across being costars.”

And that’s a good thing, because, after 15 seasons, Supernatural is The CW’s longest-running scripted original show

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Ackles told The Telegraph Online that the pair’s friendship extends beyond the screen: They actually want to hang out when they’re not working. 

“Nine months a year we’re stuck with each other literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week because we’re working on the show. Even doing stuff for ourselves in between isn’t possible. We’re constantly together. And even when we’re not actually working together during the nine months, or the other three months out of the year for that matter, we always find ourselves choosing to hang out and be together.”

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Padalacki said of their brotherly bond, “The best part about Jensen and my relationship is it’s gonna be that way when we’re on the show and not. I mean, unfortunately for him, he’s stuck with me for life now and that’s important. But look, brothers and sisters, for that matter, sometimes fight. Or worse… they can’t get along at all. Between Jensen and me there have never been any issues and I think that’s rather special.”

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They’ve always got each other’s backs. Padalecki told E! that their friendship has only gotten stronger: “I think Ackles and I found a really cool, unique situation where we truly enjoy each other and we enjoy each other’s families, and have each other’s backs, and after 14 years spending more time with each other than you spend with your wives, your kids, your brothers, your sisters, your mothers, your fathers, you kinda go one way or the other, and we went to the place where we got closer. So we’re just pretty lucky.” 

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Ackles and Padalecki have also been a support system for each other through the years.

“I think a lot of people just need somebody to listen to or just need somebody to listen to them,” Ackles told PEOPLE in 2015. “We’ve established not only a good working relationship but a good friendship and also a good support system with each other.”

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It doesn’t hurt that Ackles and Padalecki look like they’re always having a blast together. 

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I mean, you don’t sit through fifteen years of Comic-Con panels together and not grow stronger, right? 

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In honor of Ackle’s birthday on March 1, 2020, Padalecki wrote of his pal, “Happy birthday @jensenackles. In the 16 birthdays I’ve been able to share with you as a friend, you’ve become a brother.”

He added, “Now, we have one month left to play brothers on tv. No one I’d rather cross this finish line with…Let’s take those boys home.”

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“We’re best friends, period. He’s my best friend for life. I don’t think it’s that remarkable, but it’s definitely special,” Ackles has said of the pair’s bond. 

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