Iris was so good in last night’s episode of The Flash that I’m still on a high. Candice Patton absolutely killed it. Iris had agency, she was funny, she was instrumental in not only helping to catch this week’s evil metahuman, Zombie Girder, but in getting Barry back from the Speed Force as well. She was also front and center as the female lead, and actively helping Team Flash in S.T.A.R. Labs.
This is what I’ve been wanting for her for an entire season and a half, and they finally gave it to us. I can only hope they keep it up, because now that I’ve gotten it, I don’t want to go back.
I wish I could find scenes of Iris and Cisco because they were absolute gold last night (more Irisco please), but there is lots of Westallen so I offer these up as a lovely substitute instead. Enjoy!
Recently, The Flash released its trailer for the show’s January mid-season premiere (remember the days when there was just one premiere and one finale a season?). We actually got a glimpse of Iris West and Westallen, and it almost made me excited for the show’s return. Almost.
I’ll admit that I’m incredibly jaded. This show has let me down too many times in the past to truly allow myself to get overly excited about what may or may not be coming. I haven’t been at all happy about the way that Iris has been sidelined so far this season in favor of setting up the upcoming spinoff Legends of Tomorrow and devoting precious screen time to Barry’s current love interest, Patty Spivot. Iris’ journalist arc hasn’t materialized, her screen time has been woeful, and once again, she hasn’t been given a point of view. I still don’t know how she feels about Eddie’s death as we haven’t been allowed to see her grieve; and the storyline with her mother’s return was more about Joe than Iris.
I’m tired of watching everyone else get to express how they feel, while being forced to piece together how Iris feels via other character’s observations. I’m tired of the telling and not showing when it comes to the show’s female lead. It wasn’t acceptable last year, and it’s even less acceptable halfway through the second season. We shouldn’t still be having these complaints.
Here’s hoping that now that the writers no longer have to split their time between setting up Legends and trying to make us fall in love with Patty, they can concentrate on finally giving Iris West the storyline that she deserves.
Candice Patton recently gave an interview to Glamour magazine after the Iris West Defense Squad hit up writer Jessica Radloff on Twitter. Among many topics, Candice answered questions about her career, her Flash audition, and Iris’ role on the show. She also answered some questions from fans on Twitter.
Here are some of the highlights:
Glamour: What moments really shaped your career?
Candice Patton: I remember being interested in theater when I was in school, but I wasn’t always engaged in making it a career. I was a cheerleader in Texas, but I tore my ACL, so I was out for the rest of the season. That’s when I started putting more of my passion into theater. In college, CBS’ Young and the Restless did a nationwide casting search for a new male and female to join the show. They came to SMU and ended up picking me. So after I finished, the casting director said, “We’d love for you to stay on the show, what do you think?” I said I wanted to go back to school and finish my degree, but I’d contact her when I came back to LA. As soon as I graduated, I moved to LA and got in touch with her. She was teaching an acting class, and that’s how it started.
Glamour: What was your audition for The Flash like?
Candice: The first time I did it, I felt like I bombed. There was a line about Channing Tatum, and I couldn’t remember his name to save my life. I just kept [messing it up], so I hope I’m in a movie one day with Channing! I will never forget his name! But yeah, I thought it was dead in the water, and it just happened that it was so early in the casting process, so a month or two later they brought me back in to read with Grant and do a chemistry read with him. Within two days, I booked it. It was kind of crazy.
Glamour: I heard you tickled him in the audition. True?
Candice: Yes. There was something about when I was reading the sides that Iris and Barry had this close relationship, and it’s hard when you’ve never met an actor before. How do you recreate that in two minutes in an audition? In that moment, the only thing I could think of to make him smile or laugh was to physically grab him and tickle him. They loved it because they thought it was really charming. That’s one of the few times it works to touch someone! [Laughs]
Continue reading Candice Patton talks to ‘Glamour’ Magazine
I seriously think we need a #IrisWestDeservesBetter campaign like last year’s wildly successful #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter campaign. You know, the one that helped to convince the producers of Sleepy Hollow they were effing up, because they were. Right now The Flash is guilty of some serious disrespect towards their leading lady.
Last season Iris West was kept on the sidelines under the guise of “protecting her” from all the bad things that happen when you hang with a super hero. Because you know hanging with a super hero and not knowing he has some bad-ass enemies is wayyyyyyy safer than hanging with a super hero and knowing that one should keep an eye out. *eyeroll* This over-used and annoying trope aside, Iris was kept out of the action and stuck in the “Love Interest” B-plot all season. Iris’s main purpose in S1 was to give Barry something to moon over. While Grant Gustin does moon very well, Candice Patton had very little to do. We got a lot of CP’s frustrated face as the other characters consistently lied to her about, well, just about everything.
Continue reading Iris West Deserves Better
It looks like Candice Patton has finally had enough. Someone tried to come for her the other day, and she had the perfect comeback.
Sadly, what this person tweeted to her is actually tame compared to some of the things I’ve seen. Candice has had to deal with entitled and racist fangirls (and boys) wishing death on her character, calling her racial slurs, and outright demanding that Iris West be turned back into her white comic character iteration.
And these aren’t subtweets. These are tweets that are sent directly to her. These are people who, emboldened by the anonymity of the Internet, see nothing wrong with attacking an actress over a fictional character she plays on a fictional television show. As if she has no feelings and every mean, ugly, nasty, racist comment will slide off her back and not affect her. While I’m sure most do, she’s not a robot. She’s a human being. Constant harassment of any kind will eventually get to even the strongest person. Continue reading Candice Patton and the Power of the Perfect Comeback
Variety has a nice interview with Candice Patton from The Flash.
Those of you who watch will recall that last season was not a good one for CP fans. Her character, Iris West, was sidelined most of the year due to the fact that her father Joe West insisted she be kept in the dark about the secret identity of the titular super hero to “protect her.” (Yeah, ’cause that always works. Sorry kids, I read comic books and watch TV, I know how that goes.)
Anyway Iris proved to be the smartest person on the show since she figured out ON HER OWN that Meta humans were created when Star Labs blew up. She also figured out her best friend Barry Allen wasthe Flash. After that, she got a few minutes of awesome, but for the most part Iris, the love interest to the hero (They are married in the comic books) was left out of the action.
Continue reading Candice Patton talks to Variety about Flash S2
The EW Spoiler Room has some great scoop on both Iris West and Abbie Mills for The Flash’s and Sleepy Hollow’s upcoming seasons. Check it out below.
Flash scoop, please! I will take anything on Iris West or Westallen. Just name your price. — Tatiana
I’m a big fan of Funko Pop and cold hard cash. Iris will be stepping up in a big way this season now that Wells is no longer the team leader at S.T.A.R. Labs. “Iris slides into [the role] very naturally,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “She’s a born leader. One of the best things in the premiere is Barry decides that he wants to work alone because he doesn’t want to risk anyone else’s lives, and Iris is really the one who gets the band back together again. She’s the only one who can stand up to Barry.”
Beyond being “Abbie’s boss”, what importance will the character Daniel Reynolds hold in this upcoming season of Sleepy Hollow? — Ramón
Yeah, he’s not just Abbie’s boss. Reynolds (Lance Gross) and Abbie first met at Quantico as recruits, where they pushed each other, which led to a short but passionate affair before they parted ways to pursue their careers — Reynolds as a rookie FBI agent, and Abbie back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow to work for the Sheriff’s Department. It’s been four years when they reunite in the new season and now he’s her boss, so this should be interesting!
Should be an interesting season for both ladies!