From Supporting Cast to Leading Man
After leaving Days Of Our Lives, it would still be sometime before Jensen would make it big. Making the leap from daytime soap operas to primetime television isn’t always easy and to begin with, Jensen had guest roles on shows such as Sweet Valley High and Mr Rhodes , as well as the mini-series Blonde , a biopic about Marilyn Monroe. Jensen became a bit more recognized with more extended guest roles on shows such as Dark Angel where Jensen played Alec in season two, and Dawson’s Creek , where Jensen played CJ during season six.
在离开DOOL剧组后，又过了一段时间Jensen才取得更大的成功。从日间剧到黄金档剧是艰辛的过程，而且万事开头难啊。Jensen在《Sweet Valley High 》和《Mr Rhodes》，以及迷你剧《Blonde》 ,还有传记剧《Marilyn Monroe》等剧中都担任过配角。此后，通过在DA第二季扮演Alec,在Dawson’s Creek第六季扮演CJ，Jensen被更多人认识。
Jensen finally got a bit more recognition when he joined the cast of Smallville in season four, playing Lana Lang’s new love interest Jason Teague. “I’ve been so fortunate to be teamed up with Jensen Ackles as Jason Teague. It’s been wonderful to work with him. Jensen is positive, confident, and a very good actor. He has this ability to keep things really fresh and interesting and there’s a lot of good chemistry between us,” said Kristin Kreuk [Lana] to SFX magazine, when Jensen joined the Smallville cast. Ironically, Jensen auditioned for the role of Clark Kent but lost out to Tom Welling.
当Jensen在超人前传第四季中扮演Lana Lang的新情人Jason Teague时，他的知名度得到更大的提高。“能和Jensen Ackles合作，我是如此地幸运。和他一起工作真的是棒极了。他很积极，很自信，是个很有实力的演员。他总是能让事情变得新鲜有趣，而且，我们之间的化学反应很强烈。”当Jensen加入超人前传剧组时，扮演Lana的Kristin Kreuk曾对《SFX》杂志这样讲过。其实，Jensen本是为Clark Kent这个角色试镜的，但是输给了Tom Welling。
Yet it wasn’t until he finally got the role of Dean Winchester on Supernatural , that Jensen finally got to step out of the shadows of supporting character roles and become a leading man. In fact, at the time that he got the role, Jensen still had one more year left on his contract with Smallville , so Smallville writers had to find a way to write Jensen’s character Jason Teague, out earlier and thus the good guy went bad.
但是，直到Jensen得到SPN的Dean Winchester这一角色，他才最终从配角升级到主角。事实上，当Jensen得到这个角色时，他和《超人前传》的合同还有一年，所以，《超人前传》的编剧不得不修改了对Jason Teague那个角色的设定，所以，那个好人不得不变身坏蛋，然后出局。