Jared Padalecki: Why Babies Are Tough for ‘Grown Men’

01/20/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

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It takes a lot to memorize lines and perform action stunts, but Supernatural star Jared Padalecki says his real challenge is at home.

“For grown men who are used to playing sports, babies are tough,” the actor, 31, who welcomed his second son, Shepherd, in late December, told PEOPLE on Thursday at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

“As they get older, you can play and communicate — it’s fine. When they’re babies, you’re like, ‘I don’t want to break you. I have big hands, I’m sorry.'”

Luckily, Padalecki — who is also dad to 22-month-old Thomas Colton credits his “pretty awesome” wife Genevieve, alongside the occasional nanny, with helping him conquer double diaper duty.

Being away from his Austin home to shoot the CW’s hit show in Vancouver has prevented Padalecki from getting a lot of quality time with his newborn, but he says “we’ll have a couple of weeks now.”

Although he and fellow costar Jensen Ackles — dad to daughter Justice Jay, 7 months — are considered heartthrobs of their TV network, they find fans appreciative that they are happily off-limits.

“I think it’s the opposite,” Ackles, 35, told PEOPLE when asked if his admirers are upset that he and Padalecki are married. “They’re super supportive. They love it.”

Echoes Padalecki: “Being on a show about two guys trying to do what’s right, I think they’re happy that we’re two guys trying to do what’s right.”

— Dahvi Shira

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Anonymous on

LOL, the Title and the photo are very misleading. I thought it was about two men raising babies together

MRigby on

I wish Jared and Jensen much happiness! They are talented and good people.

safa on

Wish them much happiness in their lives ! They both have beautiful wives and adorable children !

Deb on

Congratulations to Jared and Genevieve on their new bundle of joy. I wonder if they named him after fellow castmate Mark Sheppard? They all seem like a very close-knit group on this show.

sterling on

Awesome article except for one snafu. Jared is from San Antonio NOT Austin.

Jo on

Actually, Jared was from San Antonio but he has a home in AUSTIN, The article was right.

Jo on

Hey, other anonymous, I thought the same thing! Haha In any case, J2 are looking good. Good and happy. They’re such awesome guys.

YetAnotherAnonymous on

“I think it’s the opposite,” Ackles, 35, told PEOPLE when asked if his admirers are upset that he and Padalecki are married.

We’re only upset that they aren’t married to each other. I’M KIDDING!!

lila on

They are right. Most of the fans love the wives just as much as the guys! They are part of the fandom.

Both Jensen and Jared seem like awesome dads. Jared is such a kid himself, I am sure the boys will enjoy having him as a dad!

Melissa on

He’ll get through it just like every man. Women are like that too. I was afraid to hold my daughter when she was born but i got over it in like 5 seconds lol.

i will say how ever that i’ve been waiting patiently for the name of his newest son only to find that he named him Shepherd. I know people, it’s his son and choice but Shep just isn’t a good sounding name anymore. At least they gave their first son a good name i guess. Don’t shoot me for being honest. I’m sure other people don’t like the name either.

Lacey on

The Padalecki’s live in Vancouver while Jared is filming so he get’s to see his son’s after filming but they do have 14 hour film days.. They’ve live in CA since SPN started and they got married.. Now I know he’s got a home in TX and they have an apartment in Seattle which is where both Thomas and Shepherd was born.. but now their back in CA.. SPN fan’s should know this..Now Jensen don’t get to see JJ until he goes back to LA

klutzy_girl on

Cute story! I love seeing both Jared and Jensen (and Misha) with their kids.

And the babies are all adorable. Gen is awesome for delivering two giant babies.

Anonymous on

I’m cool with Padalecki and wish him well. The other one, though, Jensen Ackles, is a homophobic twit.

Anonymous on

Lol i was reading the comments and it was like how everyone kept thinking Dean and Sam were gay XD

Deb on

God bless to Jared, Gen, Thomas and Shepherd. They are a very lovely family. I wish them all the best!

Keelyd on

Lovely article. Both Jensen and Jared are great men and wonderful fathers and husbands…..their fans are very happy for them……… In response to Anonymous grow up….. Your comment is not welcome… Apparently your parents never taught you if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing at all…

robinhelene on

Having had the pleasure of meeting Jensen and Jared in person several times, I can attest to the fact that they are true southern gentlemen who are appreciative of their fans and wonderful husbands and fathers. Gen recently posted a Twitter pic of Jared holding Shepherd; Jared’s expression was so tender, I nearly cried. He and Jensen are thrilled to be fathers, and I’m happy for them. Success has not spoiled either man. Love, Robin

readersdigest22 on

how can raising kid(s) be difficult for “grown man” aka the dads? the mother(s) would be raising the kid(s) if the dad works 14 hours a day for 5 days a week. if the father study all the parenting books and have babysit their brother or sister or friends kids through out their lives, then being a parent shouldn’t be too difficult, a less the father is really slow in the head! 😦

readersdigest22 on

I like the name Thomas, but not the name Shepherd and Justice. The parent(s) should have really thought carefully on what to name their kid(s). I think the last name Ackles and Padalecki is enough for the kid to stand out in school but to give the kid(s) the name Justice and Shepherd that’s asking to be picked on and they aren’t in school yet! If parent(s) don’t want their kid(s) to be bullied, then don’t give them odd names like Justice and Shepard. I guess the kid(s) can get the $ from their dad(s) and buy a new name! 😦

Pat on

Jared is a great actor. Good luck to him!

Alvin on

Love Jensen Ackles so much but I’m sure Jared is secretly in love with him. Good luck with that though.

Kimmy Box on

I love It, reading about them. Love all the good news about them.

And I think its super cool that Jared aka Sam married Ruby from the show. I’ve loved the show from day one & my husband and I never miss an episode. We keep saying this is the last time we are watching the reruns lmao but we haven’t stop yet. They are great guys and deserve much happiness with their families.

Lisa on

There is nothing wrong with the kid’a names. They will be picked on in school because of the name “Justice” or “Shep.” That is stupid. Not everybody wants to name there kids common names that they would share with a bunch of other kids. I think if the parents name their kids then everyone else should respect their decision. Maybe those names have special meaning to them. Also, kids get picked on for a lot of different things. Just cause they have unique names doesn’t mean they will be picked on.

Sue on

Shep’s given name is actually Austin Shepherd. He and Genevieve call him “Shep” as a nickname, which is also what Jared calls his castmate Mark Sheppard as a nickname. I’ve heard him refer to Mark as “Shep” on quite a few occasions. I don’t know if the child is partially named after him or not. The spelling is different but the cast of this show do seem like a really close knit group so anything is possible.