The Myth: You have to fit a certain mold to make it as an actress
The Truth: Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn -- there used to be a standard of beauty that (fortunately) doesn’t necessarily exist anymore. Tall, short, overweight, transgender, deaf -- Hollywood is embracing every type of actor and Panabaker says it couldn’t be a more exciting time to break into the industry: “I think individuality is being embraced, minorities are being embraced.”
The Flash cast black actors to play Iris West, Joe West, and Wally West, though they were originally white in the comics. And Pied Piper is one of DC Comics’ first openly gay characters. “I’m proud to be on a show that’s embracing minorities,” Panabaker says. “It’s crazy that that should seem like such a leap but it’s an incredible thing.”
Not everyone on TV is tall, thin, and strikingly beautiful, and not every script calls for a model.
“I think someone’s uniqueness and what they have to offer is what’s special about every person in this world,” Panabaker says. “And I think, I hope, we’re at a time where that’s really being acknowledged and celebrated.”