DuJour: Tom Cavanagh Reveals What It’s Like Playing a Supervillain

We’re three episodes in and already season three is no stranger to elements, like time travel and multiple worlds, that we’ve seen in past seasons. Does your head spin when a new script comes in?

I wouldn’t say we’re jaded veterans but we’re definitely used to the idea. When it first happened in season one, Barry sees Barry for the first time and I definitely think there was a pulse that went around the room that was tremendous.

One could assume that the opportunity to play such a range of characters on one show might be a real privilege for an actor. Is that the case?

Those are two words that really describe what I’m doing here on this show. Usually you can paint yourself with playing the role you played on the pilot and you’re grateful for it. You know Seinfeld’s going to be Seinfeld for nine seasons. But my starting point for everything is the Reverse Flash, and what’s the opportunity and privilege is to be able to fashion a new character with the same face and the same name, but with a completely new set of characteristics. Any actor will tell you it’s truly a privilege and a delight. For wardrobe, not so much! They’re running around going, “okay which guy now?”

And entering season three we’re savvy to Dr. Harrison Wells’ villainous identity. How was that, knowing you’d end up playing a “bad guy?”

This is my third show with Greg Berlanti, who is kind of the golden boy right now, and when Greg calls you need to listen. When we started this it had to be a secret because we were still trying to figure out who this Reverse Flash was; when they cast the role, Reverse Flash wasn’t a ‘bad guy’ yet, he was Barry’s mentor. Now we’re in a time when everyone’s talking about the villain. I love it.

This cast is unique in that you all seem to actually like each other. What is life like on set?

I’m hesitant to talk about it because I’m aware of what it looks like when actors say, “we love each other!” but the fact of the matter is we do. Just yesterday Carlos Valdes and I had both my guitar and Tom Felton’s guitar out and, without having practiced, we’re cranking out – maybe not the best – rendition of “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” You know, it’s joyous. There’s laughter, there’s dance, there’s practical jokes. It’s a very vibrant, lively fun place to be. If you could see Grant Gustin take on The Flash post-cut and pre-action, we could probably do a Larry-Sanders-type show.



With her strong beliefs and her social-media savvy, Rocha—on Oxygen’s The Face—is a standout in her field

By Lindsay Silberman

The first thing that strikes you about Coco Rocha is, of course, her face. It has those perfect angles, the sharp, sculpted ones that seem to be a prerequisite for becoming a model. But before you can even process the rest of her otherworldly appearance—her flawless ivory complexion, her piercing blue eyes, her slim yet towering frame—you sense there’s a certain depth to her, something a bit more complex.

We’ve arranged to chat over lunch at a casual cafe-bakery in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. She arrives early, having taken the train in from New York’s Westchester County. “I honestly don’t mind it,” she says about taking public transportation. “People do it in any other city. It feels normal.” (She and her husband, muralist James Conran, moved there a year ago.)

As she enters the cafe, the 24-year-old doesn’t walk so much as float—a skill she picked up from her years on the runway. And if the people sitting at the tables near us don’t immediately recognize her, they probably whispered over their turkey sandwiches, “She has to be a model.” Today, the massive fur coat, black pants and stilettos she’s wearing are a dead giveaway.

Her first request is surprising: With autumn in the air, she’s in the mood for pumpkin pie today, so would it be OK if she had a slice for lunch? The Canadian-born model has recently wrapped production for Oxygen’s The Face, a new reality show (premiering February 12 at 9PM ET/PT) in which young women compete to become the face of Ulta Beauty. The show bills itself as giving a more realistic depiction of the challenges and demands of modeling than America’s Next Top Model—a series notorious for its jumping-out-of-planes and posing-with-snakes theatrics. Rocha serves as a mentor and coach for a team of four fledgling models, who compete against squads led by supermodels Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova. Every week, each team competes to win an actual job.

It’s an opportunity the thoughtful, soft-spoken Rocha describes as “surreal,” and understandably so. Her career—gracing the cover of Vogue, walking the runways at the Paris, Milan and New York fashion shows, appearing in ad campaigns for Chanel and YSL—is unusual for someone like her. Rocha is a devout Jehovah’s Witness, as is her husband. “My faith is everything,” she declares. Raised by her mother, Rocha has been a Jehovah’s Witness her entire life, but she wasn’t baptized until 2009—the religion requires that individuals be old enough to make their own decisions before committing.

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