The Flash’s Danielle Panabaker

We’ve always been nerdy in more ways than one, and as kids our comic book repertoire ranged from Peanuts, Garfield and Archie all the way to Calvin and Hobbs. We’ll admit we were never ones to get into some of the action-packed classics like Spiderman or Green Lantern, but we could always appreciate (and have crushes on) the boys that did. But, it was not to be, because those boys had crushes on characters like The Flash’s Killer Frost, a villainess now being played by actress Danielle Panabaker on the television version of the comic book on CW. After photographing Panabaker, we’ll admit we have slight crushes too, so we plugged her for favorite moisturizers, workout regimens and her ideal food day…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? Ideal?

As in my fantasy? For breakfast, poached eggs and avocado on toast with a side of something sweet like chia seed pudding with blueberries, goji berries and almonds. Lunch would be a huge chopped salad with lots of cheese, and dinner would look a lot like Thanksgiving, but with chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans and a schmorgasboard of desserts (like my Mom’s apple pie and chocolate everything).

How do you practice beauty from the inside out? 

Everything in moderation. I like to mix it up with my workouts – spinning, weight training and lots of core-based work out classes. I try to drink as much water and eat as many veggies as possible because I can feel the difference when I’m taking care of myself from the inside out.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

In the morning, I shower and wash my face with something gentle like Cetaphil. I’m a big fan of Skinceuticals Serum with salicylic acid (keeps my skin from getting too oily throughout the day) and my all-time favorite moisturizer is Kate Somerville’s Nourish (works great on my sensitive but sometimes oily skin). If it’s an early morning on set, I used Clarins Eye Cream to make my eyes less puffy. At night, I start with a burts bees make up wipe then use Kate Somerville Detox Cleanser. I either use Renee Rouleau Vitamin C Serum or Sunday Riley Juno, depending on how dry my skin is. Then Kate Somerville’s Nourish and more Clarins Eye Cream!

Did you like comic books as a kid? How have they grown on you now?

I was never really introduced to comic books until being a part of The Flash, but it’s been a great education by some of the best in the world.

Your comic book style icon…

Catwoman. She’s so sexy

Most memorable moment on the set of The Flash so far…

There are so many. Probably playing card games as a big group because we get so competitive – Robbie [Amell] who schooled us dll, Victor [Garber] who’s sense of humor while playing always has me in stitches, and Jesse [L. Martin] who hates playing when he’s not winning.



Are you excited to be Killer Frost? How will you have to prepare for that? 

I’m so excited to be Killer Frost. I love that our producers give the women on their shows just as much strength as the boys, so I’m excited to get in the ring and play with them! I’d love to learn how to fight.

If you could have any superpower in real life, what would it be?

I wish I could be invisible, so I could hear what people really think but are afraid to say.

What’s your idea of the perfect first date?

I love trying new restaurants, so going somewhere new together and trying a lot of dishes is my favorite. And if the date goes well, somewhere else for dessert!

Best advice you’ve ever received and from who…

Fred Schepisi was one of the first directors I ever worked with, and he always encouraged me to relax and trust my instincts.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

I have my favorites in Los Angeles where I live, like Bestia for Italian, Craig’s for classic American, Hinoki and the Bird and Trois Mec. The food in Vancouver is wonderful as well – Nook is my favorite pizza and pasta spot; I love Minami for sushi and Blue Water for oysters and seafood.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead who would be there? What would you cook?

Julia Child so she can help me cook (probably her classic roast chicken), Bill Gates because he’s changing the world, Gertrude Stein because I want to know everything about the lost generation, Jackie Kennedy and Buddha.

*Danielle Panabaker, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.

Looking for more fall TV stars? Read about Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison, How To Get Away With Murder’s Karla Souza, and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson.