23 actors who were on Supernatural before their big break
Supernatural knew them when
In its 15 seasons, Supernatural has hosted a lot of actors who've since made a name for themselves in other shows, movies, plays, and more. Here are 23 you might've forgotten shared the screen with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) way back when.
Supernatural role: Palicki first appeared in the pilot as Jess, Sam's college girlfriend. Over the years, she'd star in four episodes total.
Supernatural role: In 2008, Milligan had a memorable part as Corbett in the beloved "Ghostfacers" episode.
Best known for: Milligan is now best known for playing Ted on Schitt's Creek.
Supernatural role: In 2010, Drew played Nora (and then a possessed Nora) in "Swap Meat."
Best known for: Although Drew started her role on Grey's Anatomy in 2009, it'd take a few seasons before April Kepner caught on.
Supernatural role: Ehrenreich guest-starred on the second episode of Supernatural, "Wendigo," as the brother of a missing person.
Best known for: Thirteen years after his Supernatural role, Ehrenreich played a young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Supernatural role: In 2009, Avgeropoulos played a high schooler in the episode "After School Special."
Best known for: Avgeropoulos is now known for playing Octavia Blake on The 100.
Supernatural role: In 2009, Minnette appeared on the season 4 episode "Family Remains." (Spoiler: The ghost turned out to be a real girl.)
Best known for: Now, Minnette, who also played Jerry Grant Jr. on Scandal, is best known for playing Clay Jensen on the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Sterling K. Brown
Supernatural role: In 2006 and 2007, Brown appeared on four episodes of Supernatural as Gordon Walker, a fellow hunter who would eventually be turned into a vampire.
Best known for: Brown spent many years on Army Wives but really broke through with his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us, which has launched him into being one of the most sought-after actors today.
Supernatural role: In 2008, Benson appeared in the episode "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester," as a witch.
Best known for: Benson spent seven years playing Hanna Marin on the Freeform hit Pretty Little Liars.
Supernatural role: Monteith had a very small role in Supernatural’s second episode, "Wendigo."
Best known for: Monteith memorably played Finn Hudson on the Fox hit Glee, which premiered in 2009. Tragically, he died of an accidental overdose in 2013.
Supernatural role: Cassidy had a recurring arc as the original Ruby during Supernatural’s third season.
Best known for: Now Cassidy is best known for her work on another CW show: Arrow.
Leslie Odom Jr.
Supernatural role: In 2011, Odom played a crossroads demon in a season 7 episode.
Best known for: Since then, Odom is perhaps best known for for playing Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway.
Supernatural role: King played one of Dean's high school girlfriends in "After School Special."
Best known for: King is now known for playing Caroline Forbes on eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries.
Supernatural role: Young was the first person to play Lucifer on the series, in the season 5 premiere.
Best known for: Three years later, she'd appear as Mellie Grant on Scandal, and the rest is (fictional) history.
Supernatural role: In 2013, Jacinto appeared in the season 8 episode "Pac-Man Fever."
Best known for: Three years later, Jacinto would start his run as Jason Mendoza on NBC's hit comedy The Good Place.
Supernatural role: Dier played Dylan in the season 5 episode "99 Problems" (and he didn't last long).
Best known for: Dier is now most recognizable for playing Michael Cordero Jr. on Jane the Virgin.
Supernatural role: Newton first appeared as Claire Novak in 2014 (and would've been a central character in the Wayward Sisters spin-off, which never saw the light of day).
Best known for: Newton has since appeared in Big Little Lies, Blockers, The Society, and more.