By Tomboy KC | Photography by Alyssa Greenberg
Within seconds of meeting Danielle Panabaker, you feel like you’ve known her for years. The Flash actress is warm and friendly in a way that makes you want to put her number into your speed dial and invite her over to drink wine and watch the new season of Orange is the New Black. If only we were based in Vancouver. Drat.
Needless to say, when we met up with the onscreen Dr. Caitlin Snow during Upfronts in New York City, an all-out love fest ensued. Danielle, we bought you a BFF bracelet. Is that weird?
TKC: How did you get your start in acting?
DP: I was painfully shy, so my parents put me in acting classes as a child, and my sister and I did lots of community theater.
TKC: What do you find to be the most exciting thing about what you do?
DP: The people I get to collaborate with. Especially on a TV show, there can be new writers, directors, and actors every week.
TKC: If you weren’t an actress, what would you be?
DP: Tough question! Maybe working with a non profit like Art of Elysium? I volunteer with them in LA and think it’s an amazing program.
TKC: How is Caitlin’s style different than Danielle’s?
DP: Caitlin is a more polished version of me. She wears more pencils skirts than I do, and a lot less color.
TKC: Day to day, what are you wearing? Do you have a work uniform of sorts?
DP: I’m almost always in skinny jeans – flats or boots if it’s day time and heels at night. And I love a good blazer. I always feel polished and put together when I wear one.
TKC: On a day off in Vancouver where can we find you?
DP: If it’s summer time – outside! Biking around Stanley Park or enjoying the water and sun. In the winter, I hibernate more and cozy up with a movie or a book.
TKC: Speaking of summer, what are your warm weather must-haves?
DP: Sunscreen because I’m so pale! I love wearing summer dresses – there’s something easy and effortless about them, and you can go anywhere.
TKC: Are there any trends or looks you are into right now?
DP: I love a good jumpsuit.
TKC: On the flip side, are there any trends you absolutely loathe?
DP: Harem pants.
TKC: Coffee or tea?
TKC: Lipstick or lip gloss?
DP: Lip gloss.
TKC: Twitter or Instagram ?
TKC: Favorite item in your closet?
DP: Black Theory blazer.
TKC: Tell us about your average Saturday night? Does it even exist?
DP: Always dinner with friends. My friends are my family so I try to spend as much time with them as possible.
TKC: Do you look for style inspiration anywhere or do you just wear whatever the hell you want?
DP: I do look for inspiration. Every time I see Katie I wonder “can I pull that look off??”
TKC: Name one beauty product you couldn’t live without.
DP: Kate Somerville ‘Nourish’ Moisturizer.
TKC: In high school you would have been voted most likely to…
DP: Not become an actress! I was too shy.
TKC: What advice would you give 18 year old Danielle?
DP: Trust your instincts. It’s all going to be okay.