For Supernatural fans, Richard Speight Jr. and Rob Benedict are God-like â€¦ literally. As recurring characters on the show, Speight played the archangel Gabriel, while Benedict played a prophet who is believed to also be the big man upstairs. But hereâ€™s the thing: That was five years ago. Other than a cameo or two, both Speight and Benedict wrapped their storylines on the show in 2010. So how does their fame live on? Two words: Fan conventions.
Thanks to Supernaturalâ€™s passionate fan base, Speight and Benedict now spend 12 to 14 weekends a year attending fan conventions, where theyâ€™re two of the biggest stars in the world. Then, the convention ends, and theyâ€™re back to living their everyday lives.
â€śOne of the things that stood out to us just in life in doing cons was the disparity between going into a hotel packed with people who are literally tripping over each other to get your autograph and then leaving that hotel on Sunday and coming back to a town where you are persona non grata,â€ť Speight said. â€śThe juxtaposition is pretty dramatic.â€ť