Actress Candice Patton of The Flash Dishes About On Set - Part I
Candice Patton is Iris West in The CW’s series The Flash. Follow Candice on Instagram and Twitter @candicekp and on Facebook at facebook.com/candicepatton
is a talker! Her meaty answers forced me to break this up into a
two-parter. I must say, if I’m going to be forced into something, I’m
glad it was by Candice! How do you like that pic she took just for this
So many words I don’t even have room for more intro.
Be sure to watch for Part II where Candice discusses Rizzoli & Isles
and The Flash fanfiction!
Tell us about your audition for The Flash.
first audition was in December 2013 for the role of Iris West. I first
read with our amazing casting director David Rapport. He liked my
audition and asked me to come back later in the day with a different
shirt. (I was wearing a plaid blue shirt and I guess I looked like too
much like a farm girl). I read later that day for David Nutter (the
director) and a few producers, I believe. I bombed. I forgot a line,
something about “Channing Tatum” and had to start over. From that point,
nerves took over. That was the end of it as far as I knew and I was
pretty bummed about it.
I didn’t hear back until late January
2014. They wanted me to come back in and read with Grant Gustin. I
remember seeing Jordin Sparks in waiting room. In the audition during my
first reading with Grant I remember I tickled him. I don’t know why I
did, but I just had the urge to tickle him.
I read for the studio,
then the network and remember being sick to my stomach with nerves
before the last audition. Hours went by, I didn’t hear anything. Then I
had to go audition for another pilot. Still hours went by and didn’t
hear anything. Then, after not hearing anything all day, I was started
thinking it was over again. Finally, the call came in from my managers.
It was around 6pm on a Friday. I fell to my knees and the first call I
made after that was to my parents.
Is it nerve wracking never knowing where your next paycheck is coming from? What odd jobs did you hold in between roles?
I didn’t have many “day jobs” while trying to find success in Los
Angeles. When I first moved to LA, I worked at Bubba Gump Restaurant for
about two days. I didn’t even make it through training before I quit. I
just didn’t care to memorize all the different types of shrimp.
also worked at Pink Berry. I lasted there a bit longer. Maybe a year.
Maybe less. One day I finally left and decided I would try to make ends
meet solely on acting. I worked steadily guest starring and doing
commercials and I lived meagerly off of residuals for years.
What’s the rundown of your day on The Flash set?
out the day before sometimes pretty late what my call time is for the
next day. I know what time I’ll be at work, but I don’t know how long I
will be there. It depends on how many scenes I’m shooting that day, how
complicated the scenes are, how fast the director works, etc.
self-drive to set. First stop when I’m on set is my trailer. I like to
set my stuff down, and lock the door. Be in my own space for a few
minutes. Answer some fan mail, set the lighting just right, turn on my
fireplace (it’s cold in Canada). Then I’m off to hair and makeup.
usually stay away from Craft Services (food), so I’m not picking. If
I’m hungry between meal times, I will have someone go get something for
me from Craft Services (my usual: veggie plate - cucumbers, grape
tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, snap peas, avocado and hummus. Having
someone get my usual go to healthy snacks keeps me from lingering around
the crafty table and picking up that cinnamon roll I really want, but
I learn my lines in a few different ways. A lot of my
dialogue sticks with me in a general sort of way when I read the entire
script for the first or second time. Then when I get the shooting
schedule I have a better idea of what scenes are shooting when. I then
will focus on those that are coming up first. I don’t worry too much
about learning lines per se. The memorization is the easy part for me,
usually. For me it more about working on the context, back story,
intention, motivation, etc. Once that’s in place, the lines come pretty
What’s the difference between shooting in Vancouver vs. Los Angeles?
between shooting in LA and Vancouver is mostly the weather. It rains a
lot here and it’s cold. We aren’t put up in a hotel in Vancouver. We’ve
essentially moved to Vancouver because we shoot nine months out of the
year. July - April. I visit LA very often, however. Whenever I get a
few days off. Honestly, it keeps me happy and sane. At the end of the
day, I’m a California girl and I miss it all the time. Sunshine, and
good vibes. It’s hard traveling back and forth all the time, going
through customs, having different sim cards for phones, using different
currencies, not having access to reasonably priced wine :) . The list
goes on. Vancouver is work, California is home. But, I am grateful for
what both provide me.
Who have you brought to visit the set of The Flash?
my parents have visited set! They came to set for one day, and I don’t
know if they enjoyed it because I think they kept feeling like they were
in the way. Maybe during season two they will feel more comfortable
eating from catering and crafty and walking around set.
introduced them to the cast and and some of the crew, had them watch a
scene during one of the crossover episodes with Arrow cast. I think they
were surprised and maybe even bored by how long it takes to shoot one
scene. I would love for more friends and family to visit, but again, I’m
in Vancouver, and it’s somewhat of an expense to get here.
You recently did some work for Maxim. What made you say ‘yes’ to that offer?
reached out to me. At first I wasn’t sure about doing it, but my
manager made a good case for it. My reasons for turning it down were
based more in fear than anything else, and I decided that wasn’t a good
enough reason to not do things anymore. As long as the photos were
classy and sexy at the same time, I shouldn’t let fear stop me. And hey,
I figured, I will never be this young and look like this ever again.
someone who usually hates photo shoots (I can be obnoxiously critical
of myself), I am really glad I did it! It was my first magazine feature
and it was top to bottom an awesome day and shoot in Malibu. I was very
happy with the outcome and I hope I get to do it again.
Be sure to read Part II of Candice Patton, coming soon!
TV Fanatic’s 7 Things to Know About Tonight’s Episode had this:
“Iris West is a super journalist: The young reporter is on to something big, piecing together everything that’s been happening in Central City since the particle accelerator exploded. Will Barry let her stay on this path before she truly knows everything? Or maybe she already is more in-the-know that we realize?”
And I went from “Oh, I hope tonight’s episode is good” to “GIVE IT TO ME NOW OR SUFFER MY WRATH” so fast, scientists in Switzerland are asking to study me.