Candice Patton on quiet abuse in TV & Film | "I could get eaten alive out here"

The Open Up Podcast

Jul 3 2022 • 1 hr 4 mins

TW // Racism, misogyny. Actor Candice Patton (The Flash) opens up about her experiences as the Black Female lead of the hit genre show, navigating depression and fighting to survive a set that drove her "so down [she had] no place left to go but up."

  • Candice's work as an actress has proven her to be a versatile and dynamic talent in the entertainment industry. She currently plays the role of ‘Iris West-Allen’ on The CW’s hit superhero series, The Flash, based on a costumed crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. Premiering in October 2014, the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW and the show won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Drama” that same year. Patton’s work on The Flash has earned her three Teen Choice Awards nominations in the categories of “Choice TV: Breakout Star” and “Choice Action TV Actress.” She also won the Saturn Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2017 for her work on the series. Her other television credits include CBS’ The Game, NBC’s About a Boy and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Candice is a passionate advocate for racial justice, and through her work with the WILD ELEMENTS Foundation, in which she has just Co-Directed her first project, she is excited to bring her expertise to the conservation space and help increase awareness and action surrounding environmental justice issues.

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