Genevieve Cortese

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Genevieve Cortese
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki Sept. 2011 (cropped).jpg
Cortese-Padalecki in September 2011
Born Genevieve Nicole Cortese
(1981-01-08) January 8, 1981 (age 34)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Other names

Genevieve Padalecki

Jennifer Cortese
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Jared Padalecki (m. 2010-present)
Children 2

Genevieve Nicole Cortese,[1] also known as Genevieve Padalecki (born January 8, 1981),[1] is an American actress known for her role on the television series Wildfire as Kris Furillo. She is also known for her recurring role in Supernatural as the demon Ruby.[2][3] She is married to actor Jared Padalecki.

Life and career[edit]

Cortese was born in San Francisco, California. She has two brothers, Johnny and Ben, and a sister, Sarah. At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Montana, and later to Sun Valley, Idaho. She holds a BA in English and a BFA degree in drama from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.[1]

Before making her television debut as Kris Furillo, she performed in regional theater productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Crimes of the Heart, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[citation needed]


Cortese met actor Jared Padalecki when she guest starred on his show Supernatural during its fourth season. He proposed to her in front of their favorite painting, "Joan of Arc" by French realist Jules Bastien-Lepage at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in October 2009.[4] The engagement was announced in January 2010. The pair married on February 27, 2010, in Cortese's hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho. On October 10, 2011, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. Their son, Thomas Colton Padalecki, was born in Seattle, Washington, on March 19, 2012.[5] Cortese gave birth to their second son, Austin Shepherd 'Shep' Padalecki, on December 22, 2013, via natural home birth. [6] [7]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Death Valley Amber
2005 Kids in America Ashley Harris
2005 Unraveled Video short
Credited as Jennifer Cortese
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Toga girl Credited as Jennifer Cortese
2006 Life Is Short Ashley Short film
2007 Salted Nuts Jen Credited as Jennifer Cortese
2012 Hated Veronica


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Chloe Greeg / Laura Tierney Episode: "Still Life"
Credited as Jennifer Cortese
2005–2008 Wildfire Kris Furillo Lead role (51 episodes)
2008–2009 Supernatural Ruby Recurring role (11 episodes)
2009–2010 FlashForward Tracy Stark Recurring role (10 episodes)
2011 Supernatural Herself Episode: "The French Mistake"


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