The hit CW series, Supernatural, always seems to cast the best and sexiest actors Hollywood has to offer. Just look at the main stars of the series, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, they ooze talent and sex appeal so it’s no surprise that the guest stars would spill that same appeal.
Throughout the last nine seasons the guest stars have been almost more popular than the stars themselves at the Salute to Supernatural conventions organized by Creation Entertainment. One of those desirable guest stars that have been making a splash with the Supernatural fandom is Gil McKinney who played Henry Winchester, Sam and Dean’s grandfather on their father’s side.
McKinney burst onto the convention scene and took control of the fan’s hearts during Dick and Matt’s Karaoke Party when he sang John Legend’s ballad, “All of Me,” and blew the audience away. His sultry voice seemed to come out of nowhere and since then fans have been aching for more. As always, Creation listened and now McKinney is scheduled to appear at multiple conventions and this writer for one can’t wait to meet him. In the meantime sit, back, relax and enjoy this incredible interview we did with the talented actor.
BECCA ROSE: What was your first SPN convention like? Any moment that really sticks out in your mind?
GIL MCKINNEY: It was a lot of fun. I had heard a little bit about the Supernatural conventions through Creation and the world wide ones as well, but I had no idea how big these things are and what a draw there is from city to city. So when they asked me to come to D.C. I was very excited. It was pretty wild but everybody was so nice and made me feel very welcome. I felt like it went well. I enjoyed myself and felt like the fans had a great time. Shortly after my return to L.A. they called and asked if I wanted to do more.
BR: I’ve attended a few conventions and I was not surprised to see you added to a whole bunch after the fan reaction. You were all over YouTube.
GM: I sang growing up and was actually a music major in college, I was a voice major at the University of Southern California, so I enjoy doing that t’s just been a while since I had an outlet for it. They (Creation) had mentioned that they were going to try to do a Cabaret this year on tour and I said I could sing if they wanted me to, so I worked up a couple of numbers. If it’s cool with them I’m going to try to do a couple of numbers at each of the upcoming conventions. Between that and Louden Swain and the other craziness that goes on, I think the D.C. convention was a success. I was just so appreciative of the crowd. Everybody is so supportive and having a good time and we really appreciate it.
BR: What are you most looking forward to about your next convention?
GM: The next one is in Vancouver at the end of the month. I love Vancouver and I’m anxious to meet some Canadian fans and see what that turnout is like. As far as the tour on the whole, the travel aspect of it. I love traveling and getting to go to different cities in the United States and Canada as well as abroad, I’m booked to do a convention called, Asylum in England. I’ve never been to England and I’m really excited about that. These things are great it’s kind of a win/win for everybody. I’m very excited.
BR: When was the moment in your life when you decided that acting was truly something you wanted to do with your life?
GM: I think there were probably a few moments through my childhood, even through college, but the first time, I was 5 or 6-years-old and I was doing Community Theater and it was my first experience with performing arts and I caught the bug then. I remember, even at that age, even when I wasn’t on stage I’d be offstage just watching. I just thought it was so cool. As I got older I realized that you could actually make a living, hopefully, at doing something like that. I went to USC for college and got to do some musicals there, made some great friends, did some summer theater and that’s when I decided that I was going to give it a shot. I was very lucky to have very supportive, loving parents who encouraged me. It (acting) was something that I always felt like I wanted to do.
BR: What inspires you?
GM: I’m inspired by art in general no matter what it is. But of course as an actor I am inspired by great acting whether it’s on stage, TV or film. I watch a lot and really try to watch good stuff and stay away from the bad or mediocre. Good acting definitely inspires me to do better and work harder. Seeing someone get knocked down, get back up and keep going, keep trying and keep pushing also inspires me. I find that inspiring because in this acting game you get knocked down a lot and you have to get back up and keep going. It’s a tough thing sometimes. In acting you’re facing rejection and you have to shrug it off and I’ve gotten better at that over the years. But it can be tough. It is one of those things that makes this industry hard but you have do your best and realize that so much of it is out of your hands.
BR: Where can our readers keep up with you? Are you on social media?
GM: Twitter is the main thing @GilMcKinney. I am trying to stay on there but I don’t Tweet all that often. I’m also on Instagram (@GilMcKinney) and I do actually have a fan page on Facebook but I don’t do much Facebooking anymore but if I’m going to be on something I’ll put it on there for people to see.