The flash

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he isn’t a bird. he isn’t a plane. he’s barry allen, bet­ter known to su­per­hero fans as the flash. the flash (2014) is a spin-off of ar­row (2012-cur­rent) and sees barry get su­per­hero speed… which isn’t that far from re­al­ity, as ac­tor grant gustin, who plays barry, was a top run­ner while at granby high school in nor­folk, vir­ginia. the 24-year-old plays flash, but his favourite su­per­hero is su­per­man. “i’ve al­ways been a fan of christo­pher reeve in the su­per­man movies (19781987),” he says. grant’s also got a col­lec­tion of su­per­man pjs, fig­ures and mugs. grant also has a su­per­man tat­too on his left fore­arm. it’s writ­ten in his mom tina’s hand­writ­ing (he’s a self­con­fessed mommy’s boy) and it reads “su­per­man… i love him”. his first love was never act­ing but rather danc­ing. “i started tap danc­ing when i was eight and toured with an all-boys elvis tap group that per­formed elvis pres­ley songs,” he says. grant left his mu­sic the­atre stud­ies at elon univer­sity in north carolina to play baby john in the broad­way re­vival tour of west side story in 2010. he au­di­tioned for a role on glee (2009-cur­rent) and on his last night as baby john, he got the call to say that he bagged the role of se­bas­tian smythe. the ac­tor met his girl­friend han­nah dou­glass on the set of glee. she had a small role as a cheer­leader at mckin­ley high school and in real life, she was also a back-up dancer for the bey­oncé and jay z on the run tour ear­lier this year. although grant loves an­i­mals, he’s al­ler­gic to cats. he has two adopted mal­tese poo­dles named nora and jett rink. “jett is the character james dean played in the 1965 movie gi­ant. i’m such a fan of james,” he ex­plains.

grant gustin’s in a rush

to be­come fa­mous.

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