The Flash

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 16 JULY -

Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 23:00

In­ves­tiga­tive journo Iris West (Candice Pat­ton) is obliv­i­ous as sea­son 1 of comic book-in­spired se­ries The Flash (2014-cur­rent) starts that her adopted brother Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is in love with her. She’s also blind to the fact that he’s also Cen­tral City’s speedy su­per­hero The Flash. Candice, on the other hand, says that she doesn’t have to worry about things get­ting com­pli­cated in her love life as she’s “so ter­ri­bly sin­gle”.

The 27-year-old was in­spired by 1

come­di­enne Lu­cille Ball (who died in 1989) and would watch Lu­cille’s iconic sit­com I Love Lucy (1951-1957) nightly.

Candice got a job wait­ress­ing at 2

a Bubba Gump Shrimp restau­rant (in­spired by 1994 movie For­rest Gump) be­fore she was an ac­tress but she quit after just two days be­cause she hated mem­o­ris­ing the menu items. “I re­alised then that I had to make act­ing my liv­ing – I couldn’t spend my whole life learn­ing about shrimp,” she jokes.

Her show­biz ca­reer started in 3

2004 when she won a na­tion­wide cast­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the guest role of Robin on soapie Y&R (1973-cur­rent – see more on p27 and 49). She played the part for five episodes.

Candice hates pho­tos, say­ing that 4

“I have in­se­cu­ri­ties and some days you don’t want to be pho­tographed. Even when fans come up to me on the street for a photo, I’d al­most rather go for cof­fee with them in­stead”.

She loves fash­ion and has a say in 5

her char­ac­ter’s wardrobe. “I of­ten pull up Pin­ter­est boards and send things to our cos­tume de­signer that I think Iris would look stun­ning in,” she re­veals.

She also loves long bub­ble-baths 6

and binge-watch­ing shows like The Good Wife (2009-2016), adding that “I’m ob­sessed with that show”.

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