In Supernatural, Genevieve Padalecki’s Ruby was a good demon. Unfortunately, she was betrayed by Sam, but before that happened, she saved the Winchesters on multiple occasions. Ruby was introduced to the show during its third season, and was originally played by Katie Cassidy. However, when Cassidy left the show, Genevieve Padalecki – then Genevieve Cortese – took over the role in Supernatural‘s fourth season. By the end of the fourth season, Ruby was written off, but her relationship with the show had really just begun.
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Now that Supernatural‘s final season is airing, Padalecki is reprising her role once again.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Padalecki opened up what it was like to return to a character more than 10 years later.
When asked how her return to the show came to be, she responded, “Kevin Parks, who is the AD on the show, was like, ‘Hey, Gen. I’m trying to schedule when you’re coming up to Vancouver.’ And I said, ‘What? What are you talking about?’ He’s like, ‘What do you mean? Aren’t you confirmed?’ I was like, ‘Dang it. Of course I’ll do it.’ There was a communication breakdown in our family. Jared knew I really wanted to be a part of it. It’s part of my family. So for me, it’s always been a no brainer.”
As for getting back into Ruby’s shoes, the actress revealed that she “read the old scripts.”
“I don’t do well looking at something and watching a performance. It’s difficult for me because then I feel like I’m mimicking it. So for me, I just went back and I started rereading the scripts and remembering what happened, and then I really started looking at my old acting notes,” Padalecki added.
When it came to what fans can expect from her character, she said “You’ll definitely get the same Ruby, and then you’ll just see more colors as the story line unfolds and she’s reacting to her situation. But you’ll definitely see some of the old Ruby.”