Jensen Ackles first grabbed the attention of fans when he was cast in the role of Eric Brady on “Days of Our Lives.” Eric is a very important character on the soap, as he’s the son of iconic soap characters Roman Brady and Dr. Marlena Evans (via Soap Central). He’s also the twin brother of Salem’s bad girl Sami Brady. Over the years, Eric has had quite the character progression, including becoming a priest, a photographer, and getting involved in many dramatic relationships, most notably with the character of Nicole Walker.
Ackles portrayed the character of Eric from 1997 until July 2000, when he announced he would be exiting the soap opera (via TV Season Spoilers). His character was written off the show and didn’t appear again for over a decade. As Ackles tried his hand in movies and television, the soap moved on from Eric. However, in 2012, the soap finally recast the role of Eric by bringing actor Greg Vaughan on board. Vaughan currently still holds the role.
However, Ackles seems to remember his “DOOL” days fondly. He even shared a clip of himself on the soap during an episode of “Supernatural.” Meanwhile, it seems that the actor hasn’t looked back, as he’s now working on new projects such as a “Supernatural” prequel, per Deadline.