Jessica Parker Kennedy Interview: ‘The Flash’ Season 5 and Playing Nora West-Allen

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The CW’s The Flash season five will feature Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) having to wrap their heads around the fact their grown daughter has come to visit them from the future. Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) is a time-traveling speedster and her appearance will cause quite a stir among the Allen and West families.

Jessica Parker Kennedy took part in her first San Diego Comic Con as a member of The Flash cast in July 2018. During roundtable interviews, she spoke about being a regular on season five, the speedster costume, and her experiences with The Flash fandom.

The Flash season five premieres on October 9, 2018.

What can we expect to see from Nora in season five?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “I can tell you that I’m going to be a big part of the season, which is awesome. I guess the one mysterious thing that happened in the last episode is that I’m so excited to see my dad, but I’m not stoked about my mom. There’s something going on there so that dynamic will be explored more and hopefully sorted out. But, you’ll find out why.”

In the comics The Flash eventually had twins. Are we going to see the twin brother show up?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: (Laughing) “What do you think?”


Did you watch Grant Gustin and Candice Patton to pick up their idiosyncrasies?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “You know what’s really funny? I didn’t particularly try to do that. I thought it would be too overwhelming to come in and try to manipulate it too much. But what’s been great is that everyone…so far I’ve been getting this feedback that, ‘Wow, you really look like the both of them. You’re so much like Barry or at least how he used to be when he was klutzy and clumsy and silly and dorky and awkward.’ Which really wasn’t my intention; it’s just sort of how I read her to be. That’s how they’ve written her. You know, the sort of long, run-on sentences, enthusiasm, which hopefully comes across as charming and not annoying.”

How much time travel can you say is going to be involved in Nora’s storyline as well as Barry and Iris’s?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “I mean, I don’t know a lot. I got kind of an overview of what this season might be. But they’re writing as we go. I would assume because they’re speedsters and they’re time travelers that that would be in there but I don’t know how much or when or where or how or why.”

The Flash Season 5 Jessica Parker Kennedy

Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS (Photo: Katie Yu © 2018 The CW Network, LLC)

How did it feel when you put on the full speedster costume and saw yourself in the mirror?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “It’s cool because that was supposed to be such a secret. But because we shot on the street, all these photos came out of me in the suit.

Yeah, it’s incredible. I’m not like a massive…I like superhero movies, but I haven’t seen a lot of them. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is neat.’ And then as soon as I actually put the costume on, it was like, ‘Whoa, this is really cool!’ So, I just feel quite honored to be in it, to be honest.”

What do you nerd out about?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “For me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer feels like it was yesterday to me. I’ve seen the series three times and every time I meet a cast member, I completely lose my mind. I don’t really get starstruck but when I’ve got things I like it’s ridiculous. I’ve become friends – like actual real-life friends – with Emma Caulfield. It’s just like bizarre to me because I see her as Emma now and not the character.”

What has it been like to experience The Flash fandom?

Jessica Parker Kennedy: “It’s interesting because I’ve been to Comic Con a few times with different shows but I was nervous coming this year because it’s The Flash and it’s a big deal. And, Grant’s on the cover of the bags again. So, more than anything it’s been exciting but also intimidating. I just want to do a really good job and not let the fans down.

There’s always an element I think when there’s a comic book attached to a television show there’s a heightened intensity and fan level. But, yeah, it’s been really nice. For the first time I have people on Instagram commenting on this and commenting on that, and they’re 99.99% The Flash fans so it’s great.”

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Kevin Finnerty

Professional film critic since 2003 and a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society. Host of “The Movie Guys” radio film review show from 2007 through 2013. Film and television critic for Showbizjunkies.com and a movie buff since 1973.
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