Shooting for 9 months of the year, Candice Patton lives and breathes “The Flash,” and her character, Iris West. Luckily, the star took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to VULKAN about Iris’ defining moment, audition awkwardness, the first thing she does when filming wraps, and everything in between!

Who would you say is your celebrity best friend?

In my head, Chrissy Teigen. She’s got just the right amount humor and fun coupled with “Don’t fk w/ me.”

With almost 1,000,000 followers on Instagram, do you ever find you have to censor yourself in any way? Why or why not?

Sure. I censor myself for several reasons. First, I’m a fairly private person. And secondly, I think so much can be misconstrued via social media. People make all sorts of assumptions without knowing you. So I try to keep it pretty simple.

What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?

Honestly, my fans are pretty great! I’m sure I’ve received some weird tweets and fan mail, but I mostly laugh it off and forget it. Most of what I get these days is people coming up to me to ask me to plead with the producers to not kill my character off. It’s mostly love and I’m really grateful for that.

You’ve played Iris West on “The Flash” for 3 seasons. What do you think was her defining moment?

I think this season; finally, we are seeing her come into her own. Seeing her really be a part of the narrative. We are seeing how important she is to Flash and his story as a superhero. Before, I think we’d lost that or hadn’t quite discovered it yet. We’re just starting to see her purpose and honestly, I feel like there’s so much more to uncover.

What has been the most enjoyable part of playing Iris and being a part of “The Flash” cast?

For me, it’s how much young girls connect to Iris and the show in general. Sometimes, we work so much its easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget the reach the show has. It’s amazing how much film, television, and characters themselves can resonate so deeply with people. That’s a beautiful and powerful thing.

Are there any challenges with playing the same character for a longer stretch of time?

Iris is a joy to play, but I think anything you do for a long period of time will make you want to stretch yourself in a new different way. While I have no desire to say goodbye to Iris anytime soon, I do think it would be creatively fulfilling to try other things as well if I can find the time.

Who is your favourite director of the moment, and why?

Barry Jenkins-I’m one of the many who fell in love with his work on “Moonlight.” Just beautiful storytelling!

Shooting for “The Flash” takes up a lot of your time-9 months of the year. What’s the first thing you do when filming wraps?

Immediately hop on plane back home to Los Angeles or Texas. I definitely get home sick being away for so long. And I miss good Mexican food.

What’s one of the most embarrassing things that has ever happened to you on an audition?

Oh, I don’t know. I don’t think anything too embarrassing has happened. Or maybe I’ve just blocked it out. I’ve definitely forgotten lines and even failed to realize additional scenes or pages for the audition material. Auditions are always a bit awkward even when they go seemingly right.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Hennadiy Kvasov
MAKEUP ARTIST: Elena Shumaneva
HAIR STYLIST: Edson Ibarra
STYLIST: Michael St. Michael
Interviewed by Rebecca Besnos

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