'Doom Patrol' Season 1 preview: April Bowlby on her amazing journey from Two and a Half Men to DC's Elasti-Woman

The dashing actress spoke to MEAWW about playing a superhero/anti-hero in her new role in 'Doom Patrol', and also a bit about her future projects

                            'Doom Patrol' Season 1 preview: April Bowlby on her amazing journey from Two and a Half Men to DC's Elasti-Woman

April Bowlby is a California-born actress who's well-known for her role as Kandi on ABC's 'Two and a Half Men', and also as Barney Stinson's obsessive ex-girlfriend, Meg, in 'How I Met Your Mother'. Bowlby has appeared in numerous day time TV series like 'CSI', 'Psych' and 'Drop Dead Diva', and with 'Doom Patrol' slated to release this week, the gorgeous actress now has 29 credits under her acting belt.

While Bowlby may have primarily been typecast for most of the roles she's played because of her stunning good looks, this is set to change with her role as Rita Farr in DC's upcoming anti-hero series 'Doom Patrol'.

Rita Farr is a spoiled but successful actress from the '50s, who was unfortunate enough to come in contact with unusual gaseous fumes from an underwater volcano while filming in Africa. The encounter left Rita Farr disfigured in the form of a great big glob of human tissue, and she slowly learns to pull herself together (quite literally) in order to become Elasti-Woman, a member of the 'Doom Patrol'. 

We were able to catch up with April during a rainy day in Los Angeles, and the actress was kind enough to our answer a few of our questions on her busy schedule.

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Glamorously grotesque, Elasti-Woman still steals the show. 💃🏼 #DCUDOOMPATROL

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So, we'll begin with the stereotypical question of "What made you pursue your career in acting?"

That’s such a lovely question, well, I’d wanted to be a ballerina, but I was not the greatest at that. It then developed into modeling, and through modeling, I moved to LA, where I found everyone acting. So, I took a couple of classes and did a couple of commercial auditions and I just fell in love with it because it’s such an expressive art form that I had never experienced. Modeling was great because you get to create a vision, but acting was even better because you get to execute vulnerability through words and behavior, so, that’s why I fell in love with it.

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See ya later 2018. #lastsunsetof2018 #dog #girl #beach 🥳

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With you playing a superhero/anti-hero in the DC's upcoming 'Doom Patrol' series, would you say you're slowly becoming a comic book/graphic novel fan?

Yes, yes! I’ve got the silver age Bob Haney version, and I’ve got the new age Grant morrisson version. I do really enjoy them, and though I may not have been part of this world before Doom Patrol, it’s like a rogue symphony, and now that I am a big part of it, I think it’s very special.

We’ve established you’ve begun reading comics in your own right, would you say you have a tendency to lean towards any particular superhero?

Well, I love our superheroes/anti-heroes so much in 'Doom Patrol', they are my favorite by far, but I’ve been gently warming up to Aquaman, and being born in the beaches of California, I think my heart belongs to the sea.

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Well, it also helps that Jason Momoa’s portrayal of the character has helped shift the character from what was pretty much a joke, to one of the most formidable characters in the DC universe.

(Laughing) Right, exactly!


We see that you're an avid reader, and you've launched a podcast called '75reads' with Jo Bozarth, could you tell us a little more about it?

So, Jo and I have been friends forever, and we just love David Bowie so much, I mean, who doesn't love, David Bowie, right? We kinda discovered that he has a reading list called "David Bowie's Top 75 Reads", so, we thought how amazing it would be to get into David Bowie's mind and find out what inspired him and what inherently turned him on. So, we decided to start a little book club cum podcast which goes through each of the books on his reading list and we summarize the stories and share our thoughts on the podcast.


Bowlby will grace our screens as the beautiful but troubled Rita Farr in DC's 'Doom Patrol', and the series will premiere April 15, exclusively on www.dcuniverse.com.