Check­ing in with APRIL BOWLBY

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To pre­pare for her role as a ‘50s movie star, April Bowlby turned to the greats.

In­deed, to get down the proper dic­tion of Rita Farr, the star­let who un­der duress morphs into the uber-stretchy Elasti-Woman in the cur­rently stream­ing DC Uni­verse su­per­hero saga “Doom Pa­trol,” the ac­tress per­haps best known as Kandi – Alan Harper’s ditzy girl­friend in “Two and a Half Men” – had to digest a lot of old movies, tak­ing note of how film leg­ends such as Bette Davis, Glo­ria Swanson, Katharine Hep­burn and Vivien Leigh, among oth­ers, de­liv­ered their lines.

Which, the 38-year-old North­ern Cal­i­for­nian says, wasn’t ex­actly a dif­fi­cult gig.

“Those are the mo­ments when you’re an ac­tor that you kind of live for, that you ac­tu­ally get to have time to do re­search and ‘What are you do­ing to­day?’ ‘Oh, I have to re­search,’ ” Bowlby says with a laugh. “And ba­si­cally you’re watch­ing hun­dreds of old movies.”

But, she says, all that view­ing gave her an­other ar­row in her act­ing quiver.

“I’ve never got­ten to play with a transatlan­tic ac­cent be­fore,” she notes, “so it’s re­ally, re­ally fun to throw that around. I like that and I also like how Rita is very nar­cis­sis­tic and shal­low, es­pe­cially in the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. And she does it be­cause she’s a bro­ken, hurt, vul­ner­a­ble hu­man be­ing that doesn’t want to share that with the world, so she comes off very ter­ri­ble to peo­ple. And I think that’s a fun thing to play be­cause the truth of it is that she’s just bro­ken.”

Full name: April Michelle Bowlby

Birth date: July 30, 1980

Birth­place: Vallejo, Calif.

Ed­u­ca­tion: Stud­ied ballet, French and marine bi­ol­ogy at Moor­park Col­lege Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Sin­gle

TV cred­its in­clude: “CSI: NY,” “Kath & Kim,” “CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion,” “Psych,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Mom,” “Two and a Half Men,” “You’re the Worst,” “Loosely Ex­actly Ni­cole,” “The Big Bang The­ory” Movie cred­its in­clude: “Sands of Obliv­ion” (TV, 2007), “All Roads Lead Home” (2008), “The Slam­min’ Sal­mon” (2009), “From Prada to Nada” (2011), “The En­gage­ment Clause” (TV, 2016), “Love’s Last Re­sort” (2017), “Dy­ing for the Crown” (2018), “Un­bro­ken: Path to Re­demp­tion” (2018)

Fa­vorite book: “‘Or­lando’ by Vir­ginia Woolf . ... It’s beau­ti­ful.”

Fa­vorite movie: “My fa­vorite movie is ‘Toot­sie.’ ”

Fa­vorite mu­si­cal artist: “I love Bjork, I love David Bowie.”

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