It was a beautiful, sunny day in Baltimore, Maryland as the final day of the comic convention took place in the heart of the city’s harbor. Inside Baltimore’s convention center, fans were teeming, cosplayers were ready for their close-up, and fans of Candice Patton, who plays Iris West on “The Flash,” were all very excited to be there and meet her.

During her panel, the moderator began by going back to Patton’s career in Hollywood, which started with “The Young and the Restless” and ended with a multi-episode stint on “The Game” before her manager called her about auditioning for “The Flash.” Thinking she did terribly during her first audition, Patton was happy when they called her back to do a chemistry reading with Grant Gustin, who plays the show’s title character. And the rest, of course, is history.

Eloquent and thoughtful when answering questions, Patton spoke highly of working on “The Flash,” teased a bit of what to expect in the show’s upcoming third season, how she appreciates the fans’ passion, and how she was really happy to be able to take on a role that changes the climate for women in Hollywood. She talked about how she experienced a lot of backlash and racism from many at the beginning, and still does to some extent, but that she doesn’t let it bother her anymore. Patton claims she has to “remain graceful and poised because people are waiting [for her]to fail.” She’s also a firm believer that women on television need to be allowed to grow and mature and can’t be perfect right out of the gate, to the impatience of some TV audiences today.

You can check out the full panel below in four parts! And for Twitter highlights from the panel, you can go here!

“The Flash” returns to The CW for its third season on Tuesday, October 4 at 8/7c!


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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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