Jared Padalecki’s ‘Walker’ Co-Star Calls Character a ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

by Katie Maloney
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Kale Culley, who plays Jared Padalecki’s son on Walker, says that his character could erupt at any moment.

Walker, The CW’s reboot of Chuck Norris’s Walker, Texas Ranger, follows Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) as he grieves the recent death of his wife. As he investigates the case, he must also balance his duties as a Ranger and father. However, after the death of his wife, he took an undercover assignment and leaving for 11 months. So, he didn’t do a great job helping his son, August, grieve. Walker returns from his assignment to find each member of his family coping in separate ways. August is not only dealing with the death of his mother but he’s also trying to navigate the pressures of being a teenager.

Actor, Kale Culley, who plays August on the show, said that it’s only a matter of time before August erupts.

“He’s a ticking time bomb,” said Culley during an interview. Whatever moment it’s going to take for him to explode, it’s definitely going to show. He has all this stuff going on underneath him,” Culley tells CBR. “He’s just a ticking time bomb so we’ll just have to wait.”

We will just have to tune in on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET to see if the personal pressures that have building since the beginning of the series finally get the best of August.

Jared Padalecki and Kale Culley in Walker

Jared Padalecki Almost Didn’t Star In Walker Because He Was “Tired Of Being On Camera”

Undoubtedly, Padalecki has had a successful acting career. After winning Fox Broadcasting’s 1999 “Claim to Fame Contest,” Padalecki appeared at the Teen Choice Awards. While at the Awards show, he met an agent. Very soon after, he landed his first role in the 1999 film, A Little Inside. The next year, he was cast as Dean Forester on the hit show Gilmore Girls. He stayed with Gilmore Girls until 2005 when he landed the starring role alongside Jensen Ackles on Supernatural. However, after being onscreen for so many years, Padalecki said he was tired of the scene. In fact, while he was filming the final season of Supernatural, he started imagining his next project, Walker. However, he had no intention of casting himself as the lead. Instead, he imagined his Supernatural co-star, Ackles, as Walker.

“I was tired of being on camera for 20 years straight,” said Padalecki during an interview. “I wanted to produce a show called Walker starring Jensen Ackles,” he said.

Padalecki said that he came up with the idea of the show while reading a newspaper article. The article featured a law enforcement official who walked away from duty rather than separate migrant kids from their parents and put them in cages, as he was requested to do.

“I thought, ‘What an interesting person. Who struggles with what they are bound to do by duty and what they think they should do by their own moral compass,'” said Padalecki.

Padalecki reached out to The CW executives and they developed Walker together from there. Not only is Padalecki starring in the show but he’s also executive producing for the first time in his career. And with the series premiere breaking The CW record for most viewers, Jared is doing pretty well so far.

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