Genevieve Nicole Cortese,[2] also known as Genevieve Padalecki (born January 8, 1981),[2] 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.[3][4]

Life and career

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.[2]

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.


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.[5] 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.[13][14] The couple resides in Austin, Texas with their three children.



2004Death ValleyAmber
2005Kids in AmericaAshley Harris
2005UnraveledVideo short; credited as Jennifer Cortese
2006Bickford Shmeckler's Cool IdeasToga girlCredited as Jennifer Cortese
2006Life Is ShortAshleyShort film
2007Salted NutsJenCredited as Jennifer Cortese


2005Dead Zone, TheThe Dead ZoneChloe Greeg/Laura TierneyEpisode: "Still Life"; credited as Jennifer Cortese
2005–2008WildfireKris FurilloLead role (51 episodes)
2008–2009SupernaturalRubyRecurring role (11 episodes)
2009–2010FlashForwardTracy StarkRecurring role (10 episodes)
2011SupernaturalHerselfEpisode: "The French Mistake"