The Myth: Being a young and successful actress is all glamorous red carpets, photo shoots, free stuff, and fun 24/7
The Truth: It’s a lot of hard work. Panabaker didn’t make it to where she is today by chasing velvet ropes and getting busted by TMZ outside of clubs. “When I started acting 12 or 15 years ago, my younger sister [actress Kay Panabaker] and I took every acting class we could,” she says. And she continues to do just that, adding, “I believe it’s really important to continue to work on your craft even as a professional.” And sure, she’s been in numerous films (like Mr. Brooks and Friday the 13th) and on TV shows including Necessary Roughness and the ever-popular Mad Men, but that hasn’t stopped her from honing her skills.
To prepare for her episodes of The Flash, Panabaker Skypes with her acting coach of 20 years to get into character and work on the material. The day we talked to her, she Skyped with him for nearly an hour and a half to make sure she was ready for the episode they were about to film.
And that’s on top of her demanding schedule. “This week, I think I work five days a week. Next week, I have one day off. It just varies week to week,” she explains. And those aren’t your standard 9-5ers either. “The average filming day is built to be a 12 to 14-hour camera day -- which doesn’t include the lunch break,” she says. “And, as a woman, it takes me an hour to go through hair and makeup, so I generally have an hour pre-call before everyone else.”