Danielle Panabaker | THE FLASH

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Since The Flash debuted on The CW in 2014, one of the show’s main players has been Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow. With Caitlin known as the villainous Killer Frost in the comic book realm, longtime DC fans have been eagerly watching the character’s journey for two seasons now, with Panabaker proving to be one of the true highlights of a highlight-filled series. With Season 2 of the Scarlet Speedster-centric show set to speed on to Blu-ray and DVD later this month, we caught up with Danielle to discuss all things The Flash, not to mention her time working with John Carpenter, and much, much more.

STARBURST: When you joined The Flash, did you expect Caitlin to have so many ups and downs? And how challenging has that been to play?

Danielle Panabaker: No, I didn’t expect her to have so many ups and downs when I joined The Flash, but it’s been a lot of fun. I feel so lucky that they’ve given me such great material and that I’ve been able to get to play so much.

How aware were you of the comic book Caitlin/Killer Frost when you signed on?

Not at all! Everything I know about comic books, which is so not a lot, is what I’ve learned in the last two and a half years. It’s been great to learn more about The Flash and his universe and all the different characters.

No pun intended, but was it ever daunting going in to this role cold?

It was a little daunting. I can’t keep up with all of the villains at all!

We comic book fans are notorious for being a little bit too precious at times. Was that something that ever worried you when you got the role?

You know, I’m always ready to open myself up to criticism. I think you just have to let it roll off your back and, like Taylor Swift, just Shake It Off.

When the show was first announced and Caitlin was announced as a character, people immediately saw that and expected Killer Frost. Obviously we’ve got there in a way, but a different way to what most expected. How much fun has it been to play with people’s expectations of the character?

Absolutely, and I like that we’re sort of taking our time. I would rather we have fun and really get to flesh-out the different aspects of the character rather than jumping immediately to something that isn’t justified.

We have seen Killer Frost a couple of times now, but how much fun is it for you to go full-on ‘supervillain’?

Oh, it’s been great. It’s so fun and so cool. I love the way she looks and I’m grateful to everyone who worked so hard to bring her to life.

And it always seems as if there’s such a close bond with the cast and crew of the show…

We do, we have a lot of fun. There’s a lot of love on our set.

What have been the particular highlights for you during this most recent season and the show as a whole?

Getting to play Killer Frost, and really seeing everyone do their Earth-2 doppelgangers was such a cool experience. Our cast is so talented that they were able to pull it off beautifully. So I think those were some of my favourite episodes, for sure.

One of the big highlights amongst fans of the show is the dynamic and chemistry between yourself and Carlos Valdes [The Flash’s Cisco Ramon]. Was that instant and natural or was that something you had to work on?

I think that chemistry is pretty natural for the two of us. Carlos, I really have such affection for him. His first day on camera ever was on Arrow, and I’ve had such incredible people sort of help me and guide me throughout my career that I wanted to in some small way do the same for him. And I think that created a really close bond between the two of us from the get-go.

Caitlin hasn’t exactly had much luck in her love life over the first two seasons, with her romances with Ronnie Raymond and “Jay Garrick”/Zoom now ending well. Do you think she’ll find some happiness on that front in the future?

I don’t know. I think Caitlin will be just fine on her own, with or without a man. Let her take care of herself for a little bit.

Anything you can tell us about Season 3 at the moment or is that all being kept hush-hush for now?

I wish I could. I don’t know anything. I keep trying to get information out of everyone I know, and I haven’t had any luck.

If the transition to Killer Frost is to happen for the Earth-1 Caitlin, are you looking forward to taking the character off in such a different direction?

Of course I would love to see it. I think it’s so fun, something a little different. I think Carlos has had such a beautiful journey, particularly in Season 2, coming to terms with his powers.

Many of our readers may know you for the likes of Friday the 13, The Ward, The Crazies, Piranha 3DD and some other horror efforts. How was it getting to play around in the horror genre?

It was fun! I got to work with some incredible filmmakers. I mean, John Carpenter! I love that I got to work with him [on The Ward]. He’s wonderful, so sweet. I had a lot of fun, for sure.

Would you be looking to do more horrors in the future or are you too tied-up with The Flash at the moment?

I think right now The Flash is the main focus for me. We’re busy on the show, we’re on production ten months a year.

Now that Melissa Benoist’ Supergirl is calling The CW home, and with a four-show crossover confirmed for later this year [between The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl], are you hoping to share some screen time with Melissa at some point going forward?

I am. I would love to. I’ve met her a handful of times and she’s so sweet. Selfishly, I’m happy that she’s coming to Vancouver [where The CW’s DC shows shoot]. I’m happy to have a Vancouver friend. And I hope that I get to crossover there.

Looking away from The Flash, is there any particular dream project out there that you’d like to tick off your bucket list?

I’d love to work in a period piece somehow, to go back in time to the 1800s where everyone wore corsets and were quite formal. Or I could go back to the early 1900s. That would be really fun.

Maybe you could get yourself involved in Legends of Tomorrow and their time-travelling antics?

Oh, don’t worry. I’ve asked. I love so many of those actors so much.

And did anything come back on that?

Trust me, I pitch stuff all the time. I get nothing back.

Season 2 of The Flash is available on Blu-ray and DVD from September 12th.


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