Genevieve Cortese

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Genevieve Cortese
Genevieve Cortese Padalecki Sept. 2011 (cropped).jpg
Genevieve Cortese in September 2011
Born Genevieve Nicole Cortese
(1981-01-08) January 8, 1981 (age 36)
Danville, California, U.S.
Residence Austin, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–2012
Spouse(s) Jared Padalecki (m. 2010)
Children 3

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]

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]


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 first son was born in March 2012.[5] Their second son was born in December 2013.[6] Their third child, a daughter, was born in March 2017.[7][8]



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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