This is our kind of charity! Friends Jared Padalecki and Stephen Amell stripped down together, and it wasn’t just to show off their amazing bodies!
Jared Padalecki, 33, and Stephen Amell, 34, struck their best Strong Man pose as they hung out on Sunday, August 2, but it wasn’t all for fun. Yes the photo, posted to Stephen’s Instagram account, flaunted their incredible abs (thanks for that, guys!), but ultimately served the purpose of raising awareness for Jared’s admirable Always Keep Fighting Campaign. If they wanted our attention, it totally worked!
“Stay Sunday Strong,” Stephen captioned the Instagram, which showed The Arrow star and Jared flexing their huge muscles as they posed on a dock, making their best tough-guy faces. We know you’re huge softies, guys! On his Facebook page, Stephen added the caption “Stay Sunday Strong. My buddy Jared Padalecki wants you to Always Keep Fighting. http://represent.com/jared.”
Jared’s charity, Always Keep Fighting, is an inspiring campaign that raises awareness (and funding) for depression, highlighting the toll that it takes on those suffering from the illness. It’s a subject that Jared is passionate about; he’s fought with depression himself for quite some time.
Jared opened up about his struggle with depression in a 2014 with Vanity Fair, and fans have rallied around him ever since. “I, in the past, have had my own struggles of not [being] so happy with where I am in life,” Jared told the magazine. “Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3 [of Supernatural], we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down.”
“There’s no shame in having to fight every day,” Jared said. “But fighting every day, and presumably, if you’re still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You’re here.” How inspiring! Jared is doing wonderful work with this charity, and touching so many lives! It was never more apparent than at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, when fans supported him and Always Keep Fighting by lighting 7,000 candles in the audience of his appearance. It moved Jared to tears!
We’re very glad that Jared and his pal Stephen are having fun and being a little silly by showing off how they stay strong for such a good cause. It’s definitely promoting awareness. HollywoodLifers, are you impressed by Jared’s campaign? Tell us in the comments and take our poll!
— Samantha Wilson