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Genevieve Cortese

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Genevieve Cortese
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki Sept. 2011 (cropped).jpg
Genevieve Cortese in September 2011
Genevieve Nicole Cortese

(1981-01-08) January 8, 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceAustin, Texas
Other namesGenevieve Padalecki
Alma materTisch School of the Arts (BA, BFA)
Years active2004–2012
Jared Padalecki (m. 2010)

Genevieve Nicole Cortese,[1] also known as Genevieve Padalecki (born January 8, 1981),[1] is an American actress. She appeared in the television series Wildfire as Kris Furillo and had a recurring role in Supernatural as the demon Ruby.[2][3]

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 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]

Personal life[edit]

Cortese met actor Jared Padalecki when she had a recurring role on his show Supernatural during its fourth season, replacing Katie Cassidy, who previously played the role. She went on to make a guest appearance in the sixth season as a fictionalized version of herself. 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 on March 19, 2012. On December 22, 2013, Cortese gave birth to their second son, Austin Shepherd Padalecki. Their daughter, Odette Elliott Padalecki, was born on March 17, 2017.[5][6] The couple resides in Austin, Texas, with their three children.



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 The 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"; credited as Genevieve Padalecki


  1. ^ a b c "Genevieve Cortese bio". TV Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  2. ^ Peterson, Karla (September 18, 2008). "Supernatural: Lazarus Rising". Union Tribune. Archived from the original on June 26, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  3. ^ Blake, Katie. "Why Supernatural Fans hate Ruby 2.0- and the demons they do like". MultipleVerses. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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