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I’m just so proud not only of my skin color, b…

I’m just so proud not only of my skin color, but of the culture behind it…It’s so rich, and it’s such a powerful foundation, and I’m often reminded of that. I am constantly grappling with these big ideas on race and identity and representation because it’s the world that I live in, and I have seen firsthand how important it is.

I’m just so proud not only of my skin color, b…

I’m just so proud not only of my skin color, but of the culture behind it…It’s so rich, and it’s such a powerful foundation, and I’m often reminded of that. I am constantly grappling with these big ideas on race and identity and representation because it’s the world that I live in, and I have seen firsthand how important it is.

I think I’m never quite 100 percent satisfied….

I think I’m never quite 100 percent satisfied. That’s me being a perfectionist and that’s me also fighting for great story lines for women of color. I’m the female lead on this show and Iris is such an important character in the comic books. I’m not just fighting for myself, I’m fighting for every girl who looks like me, every character who may look like me in the future, every woman of color who gets put in this position of being a female lead who has a diverse background. I want them to have a very well-rounded storyline. It’s something that I’m always pushing for.

It’s been a rollercoaster. It comes with a lot…

It’s been a rollercoaster. It comes with a lot of backlash, and it comes with a lot of responsibility. It’s been probably the most important thing to me about this job. I’m grateful for the job and playing Iris West, but the thing I will remember and take away from this job is the impact it’s had on the young women of color watching themselves onscreen—maybe for the first time in a super hero film or TV, and seeing themselves as the ingenue and being desirable and being the lead … which is something we don’t always see ourselves as. For me to have the opportunity to play that is amazing, and I hope that it encourages and inspires other young women.

Sometimes you’re surprised with the finished p…

Sometimes you’re surprised with the finished product—or on set, you’re like, “Ah, I didn’t realize this scene was going to be like this.” Usually with Candice and I. You read the scenes and you think they are what they are ‘cause you do them all the time. And then you go on set and start to do it, and it’s something more than you realized it was. Sometimes you’re reading it and you’re bawling your eyes out, hysterical, and you know how good the scene is.

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“It’s not enough to make a black woman a female lead of your show, you then have to write for that character, you have to make sure there are hair and makeup artists who know how to do black hair and makeup. You have to have producers who understand the black experience in Hollywood. I feel less afraid every day. I think the way the tide is turned, I’m less afraid to get on set and have conversations about whatever — about the things that I need as a woman, or equal pay or whatever it is. I feel less afraid because I know there are other women and other men who get the shift that’s happening and will have my back.”

Candice Patton

It’s not enough to make a black woman a female…

It’s not enough to make a black woman a female lead of your show, you then have to write for that character, you have to make sure there are hair and makeup artists who know how to do black hair and makeup. You have to have producers who understand the black experience in Hollywood. I feel less afraid every day. I think the way the tide is turned, I’m less afraid to get on set and have conversations about whatever — about the things that I need as a woman, or equal pay or whatever it is. I feel less afraid because I know there are other women and other men who get the shift that’s happening and will have my back.

It’s not enough to make a black woman a female…

It’s not enough to make a black woman a female lead of your show, you then have to write for that character, you have to make sure there are hair and makeup artists who know how to do black hair and makeup. You have to have producers who understand the black experience in Hollywood. I feel less afraid every day. I think the way the tide is turned, I’m less afraid to get on set and have conversations about whatever — about the things that I need as a woman, or equal pay or whatever it is. I feel less afraid because I know there are other women and other men who get the shift that’s happening and will have my back.

There was a fun moment between us at Jitters, …

There was a fun moment between us at Jitters, where Iris is just so desperate to try to relate to her daughter. She’s trying to pretend like she gets it — she wants this connection so badly — but Nora is just not interested, based on things that are happening in the future. I always worried, ‘I hope this doesn’t continue over the course of the entire season,’ because I don’t think fans want to see Nora and Iris at odds for too long. Thankfully, it won’t be that way for very long. We’ve got a couple of episodes where Iris and Nora are finding their way, and then we see them kind of reconcile and get on a really great path. [Iris will be] constantly doing things to reach out [to Nora]. She’s that parent that’s like, ‘What can I do? I just want you to like me and for us to have a good relationship.’

There was a fun moment between us at Jitters, …

There was a fun moment between us at Jitters, where Iris is just so desperate to try to relate to her daughter. She’s trying to pretend like she gets it — she wants this connection so badly — but Nora is just not interested, based on things that are happening in the future. I always worried, ‘I hope this doesn’t continue over the course of the entire season,’ because I don’t think fans want to see Nora and Iris at odds for too long. Thankfully, it won’t be that way for very long. We’ve got a couple of episodes where Iris and Nora are finding their way, and then we see them kind of reconcile and get on a really great path. [Iris will be] constantly doing things to reach out [to Nora]. She’s that parent that’s like, ‘What can I do? I just want you to like me and for us to have a good relationship.’