happy birthday candice!


Just being able to play Iris West is putting me in a position to impact change. She is such an iconic character and so many people will know her and remember her as a black woman. Playing this role, I sometimes get blatant racism and the even more painful and complicated non-blatant racism. But I gladly put on my armour each day and take it. I have to be strong and continue to deliver, because this is bigger than me. It’s not just about this role, it’s about the landscape of film and TV. It’s about the young girls coming after me. I need to make sure I was strong enough to keep that door open for them. To show up at work and do my best, and change and impact as many minds as I can. I am deeply humbled every time someone reaches out to me to say, “I grew up reading The Flash, I cannot imagine anyone else playing Iris West after seeing you do it.”

Happy 29th birthday, Candice Kristina Patton! (born June 24, 1988)


Happy 30th Birthday Candice Rene Accola-King! (May 13, 1987)

“I do my best to look at the bigger picture and not sweat the small stuff. I make it a point to have alone time. I value that some of life’s best moments happen over a meal with your family or a glass of wine with your friends. And when life seems like a lot to bear, I dance around like a kid until I laugh.”

happy birthday to my love , candice patton 💞

thank you for being a great role model. thank you for playing such an iconic character and killing the role as you go. thank you for caring & loving your fans. most of all thank you for putting a smile on all of our beautiful faces. thank you for being you. thank you for staying just the way you are. thank you my love . from the bottom of my heart wishing with so much love the best birthday to the beautiful and loving Candice K. Patton .

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To the love of my life on her 29th birthday:

To the love of my life on her 29th birthday,

(Oops. I’m already crying.)

What to say to you? Pride is not the word I’m looking for. I am honored to be your best friend and to be so close to you. When we met 10 years ago, I thought you were amazing and so smart and so cool, and I couldn’t believe you wanted to be my friend. And I still think you’re so amazing and so smart and so cool, and I still can’t believe I get to be your best friend. Your heart is the size of the moon, and I am lucky, lucky, lucky to be in your light. 

I sometimes think of us as a lion and a bird in a symbiotic relationship. One part so big and strong and protective and one so small and vulnerable.  You’re the lion: strong, ferocious, my protector and guardian and caregiver. I’m your lil birb friend. I’m very fragile and I don’t know that I always bring enough to the partnership, but it never matters. We are partners for life.

Our seemingly never-ending struggles with men have at least afforded us the opportunity to experience a kind of love that many don’t get to. I hope we can be an example of the kind of non-romantic, deeply passionate love waiting in the world for people to find. You are the most important relationship of my life and always will be.

You advocate for yourself. You take risks. You stand up for what is right even when it’s hard. You speak your mind. You apologize for nothing. You work so, so hard.You are smart. You constantly fill yourself with new information. You are kind. You love fiercely. You are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful in every way. You are the embodiment of soft and strong. There is no right way to be a woman, but everything you are is how I want to be.

Last night as I offered the doorman at our favorite bar a cupcake, he asked if I was having fun. I answered, “Of course, she’s the most important person in the world to me.”

He looked at me skeptically. “The most important person in the world to you?”

Without hesitation I answered, “Yes. Outside of my blood family, there’s no one more important. And it’s her birthday!”

sweet creature
Wherever I go, you bring me home
When I run out of road, you bring me home