Supernatural Season 13 has added a new cast member whose surname will be abundantly familiar to fans. Danneel Ackles, an actress who, of course, is the wife of Dean Winchester himself, Jensen Ackles, is set to play a recurring character.
According to Variety, Danneel Ackles will join the Supernatural fray, starting with Season 13, Episode 13, titled “Devil’s Bargain,” which will air sometime in the season’s second half in early 2018. Ackles is set to play Sister Jo, a faith healer –apparently legitimate – whose ability for miraculous mending attracts the attention of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), whose motivations for finding her is a mystery, though seem understandably ominous.
This will hardly be the first time that a Supernatural star spouse has appeared on the series, especially since the role of demon Ruby (originated by Katie Cassidy,) was played by Genevieve Padalecki (née Cortese), wife of Sam Winchester actor Jared Padalecki. The couple – married in 2010 – met when Genevieve’s run as Ruby began in 2008’s Season 4, Episode 1, “Lazarus Rising” (the episode in which Misha Collins’s Castiel debuted).
For Danneel Ackles (née Harris), whose marriage to Jensen started in 2010, yielding three children, the role of Sister Jo will be her first acting gig since the 2014 TV movie Baby Boot Camp. Before her hiatus, she was an active television actress who banked numerous guest spots, with regular roles on Friends with Benefits, One Tree Hill and a five-year-long soap run on One Life to Live. She also appeared in films such as 2011’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 2011 horror film The Roommate, 2009 comedy Fired Up!, 2008’s Extreme Movie and 2008’s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
For now, Supernatural Season 13 gets ready to round its midseason finale on December 7. Its post-New-Year return will kick off on January 18, with Episode 10, titled “Wayward Sisters,” which serves as the backdoor pilot to the prospective spinoff series, centered on Kim Rhodes’s Jody Mills and her hunter-trained foster daughters.