Patrick Grieve

Jared Padalecki Chills with Bro, Calls it a #DayItForward [VIDEO]

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Jared Padalecki stars in one of Chevrolet's #DayItForward videos for Leap Day

I hate being one of those people who is cynical about the holidays, but Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is forcing me to be that guy.

As 30 Rock reminds us, Leap Day is one of the most magical holidays of the year (every four years that it happens, that is), and yet mine was somewhat ruined by Padalecki’s less than impressive attempt to #DayItForward.

For the uninitiated, #DayItForward is a campaign Chevrolet created to encourage people to do something nice for someone else with the extra 24 hours provided by Leap Day. Chevy even got celebrities involved, with stars like Andy Cohen and Ashley Benson working with their favorite charities.

And then you have Padalecki, who chose to… hang out with one of his friends.


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Apparently, Jared Padalecki and this guy Matt were friends in high school. Padalecki dreamed of acting, while Matt was an aspiring musician. Even though Padalecki has since achieved the pinnacle of one’s acting career (starring in a Friday the 13th sequel), Matt appears to have been less successful in conquering the music industry. What’s worse, he just had knee surgery, so Jared decided to do something special and… hang out with him.

That’s it? Hanging out with your friend isn’t exactly the height of altruism, Padalecki. It’s something that a lot of us do recreationally, in fact. And yet in this video, Padalecki says he’s going to “take [Matt] out and have a good time” as if his close personal friend Matt is a Make-A-Wish kid.

Okay, I guess at the end of the video, Padalecki does buy Matt a guitar. Or does he? I feel like Chevy might have paid for the guitar. Or they probably at least paid Padalecki to be part of this marketing campaign, making the cost of the guitar somewhat irrelevant.

I don’t know, this just doesn’t seem to capture the spirit of #DayItForward. Feels more like a cheap marketing ploy, if anything. If Leap Dave Williams knew how commercialized Leap Day has become, he’d be turning over in his watery grave.

UPDATE: After some pointed feedback from some of the actor’s fans, I have some more thoughts on Jared Padalecki.

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  • Patrick GrieveEditor

    Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.

  • Joey B

    Before you judge the man too harshly, you should know that he’s a pretty great guy who does a lot for charity. He’s also an advocate for mental health awareness and started an initiative called “Always Keep Fighting,” which in it’s first year has helped raise over a million dollars for organizations like TWLOHA and Attitudes in Reverse.

    As far as his career is concerned, he’s been the lead of his own very successful TV show for the past 11 years, and that show has just recently been renewed for a 12th season. Showing his friend that he believes in his talent may not live up to your standards of doing a good thing, but I quite like that he took a more personal approach in his advert.

    • Jazanne Petra PadaBethke

      (y) (y) (y) <3

  • Lit123

    Well, I found what he did to be very personal and meaningful. The hangout was mainly to buy his friend the guitar. He has charities he quiet donates to and campaigns charities he leads (AKF) not in conjunction with Chevrolet.

    This was a personal friend to him. And, it was DAMN sweet. Padalecki, keep doing what you’re doing.

    • Jazanne Petra PadaBethke