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WATCH: 'Supernatural' actors hug panicking fan at convention Q&A

Interaction starts around 7.20 minutes into the below video.

Published 01/09/2015 | 08:11

The lead actors in CW drama 'Supernatural' ran to hug a fan who had a minor panic attack during a Q&A session in Minneapolis.

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Superfan Taylor stood up to ask the duo a question during their panel at the Minneapolis Supernatural Convention but was overcome.

As she struggles to get the question out, Jared Padaleckici and Jensen Ackles' responses turn from jokes to concern.

Taylor wanted to tell the two actors how much the 'Always Keep Fighting' campaign had meant to her and managed to say: "On behalf of the fandom, thank you for starting such a great campaign".

Jared Padalecki thanked Taylor for her support before running over to give her a hug. Ackles followed suit and the two actors lay on the stage, hugging Taylor.

Ackles returned to the Q&A while Padalecki stayed, quietly speaking to Taylor for a few moments.

Writing on Facebook, attendee Tiffani Lin Clark wrote that "everyone should see this, whether you're a fan of the show or not".

"Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are two of the sweetest men I've ever had the privilege of meeting".

"They are so genuine and down to earth. This is something that deserves to go viral... so everyone can see what spectacular men Jensen and Jared are and people who are battling depression can see there are great supporters out there and you are never alone".

"I was actually tearing up watching this".

The 'Always Keep Fighting' campaign is an anti-suicide campaign started by Padalecki, through the sales of #AlwaysKeepFighting merchandise. Proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts went to non-profit organisation 'To Write Love On Her Arms', which aims to support people struggling with depression and self-harm and dealing with addiction and suicide.

Speaking to Variety about the reason behind the campaign, Padalecki revealed that he had been diagnosed on-set as 'clinically depressed'.

"Maybe a lot of people don’t know this, but Season 3, we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down".

When the on-set doctor made the diagnosis, Padalecki told Variety that it hit him "like a sack of bricks".

"I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes".

"I didn’t want to say, “Never Give Up,” because to me, when you say “never give up,” it makes it sound like you’re being beaten down. It puts you on the defense, as if your only option is either to give up or to get beaten up".

"I don’t want somebody to wake up and say, “Don’t give up today — I hope this isn’t the day I get beaten down.” I want somebody to wake up and brush their teeth and think to themselves like, “Today’s not going to be easy. Today’s going to be a fight, but I’m going to fight.”

The two men have fronted the CW series 'Supernatural' for ten years.

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