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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”.