If you’ve been keeping up with The CW’s The Flash, you know that the stakes are getting ever-higher for our favorite speedster as Professor Zoom continues to terrorize our Earth in pursuit of Barry, and n’er do wells from Earth-2 continue to come through the dimensional ruptures. In an exclusive interview with The Mary Sue, I had a chance to speak with Malese Jow, the talented actress who plays Linda Park about the character’s increasing involvement in Season Two.
Teresa Jusino (TMS): Let’s talk about Linda Park – co-worker of Iris and former love interest of Barry Allen. What drew you to the role and what makes her interesting to play?
Malese Jow: What made Linda intriguing seems really obvious – her confidence, and her charm is just intoxicating, and she’s just herself. She doesn’t put up any fronts. She’ll be real with you, and she’s a lot of fun in the process. She’s never really a bitch about it, she’ll just tell you the truth and do it with a smile on her face, and it’s like OK, this girl is real. I get it. I respect her. She’s confident, good at her job. She’s just amazing.
TMS: I have to say one of my favorite moments in [“The Darkness and the Light”] is when Linda’s editor asks her to interview a famous football player for their sports section, and she refuses unless she can ask about recent domestic violence allegations against him…
Jow: Right, exactly. She definitely has her standards, which is awesome. And that’s actually something that we saw with Barry last season. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind, or go out and get it. And we’re definitely going to see a lot of that in her and a lot of those qualities in this next episode. She definitely steps up to the plate, and we get to see her be a little fighter, which is awesome.
TMS: When did you find out that you were also going to be playing Dr. Light?
Jow: Oh, goodness. It was such a whirlwind. At the end of my little stint as Linda in season one, there was talk of Oh, we definitely wanna bring you back for the second season, no question about it. And I was like, OK, OK. Come summertime, this past summer, they were like OK, it’s happening. We’re bringing you back. But I didn’t know to what extent or what was going to be happening. And the funny thing is that I was actually going in for a fitting, which I thought was going to be a wardrobe fitting where we try on Linda Clothes. And so I went to this – quote – “fitting,” and they start measuring every single inch of my body. And I was like “Why are you measuring every….” and there were no clothes. There were no cute office pantsuits or anything, they were just measuring my body. And I was like What does this mean? This is so weird! And it wasn’t until a week or two later that Andrew [Kreisberg] called me and he was like Well, you’ve had your wardrobe fitting, so we should finally tell you what’s going on, since your costume is being made. And that’s when he proceeded to say how they were going to kind of marry the two characters in Earth-2, and my mind was completely blown. It was the biggest honor, and one of the best phone calls I’ve received in my career thus far, that they would trust me with this storyline. Continue reading