Tonight, The Flash is getting lucky. In “Luck Be a Lady,” Becky “Hazard” Sharpe will arrive in Central City and bring her own personal brand of good luck along with her. Unfortunately for everyone else, good luck for Becky means bad luck for anyone in her vicinity, including the Scarlet Speedster himself — and after a lifetime of bad luck, Becky won’t exactly be willing to give up her powers.
Speaking to CBR, Hazard actor Sugar Lyn Beard offered a sneak peek of her role in the upcoming episode. Calling her character “special,” Beard explained that Becky isn’t your typical super villain, though viewers will lose any empathy they have for her pretty quickly. She also discussed the day she landed the role, her favorite Becky moment, the atmosphere on set, if we’ll see Hazard again and more.
CBR: Tonight is Hazard’s big debut in the Arrowverse. How would you describe her as a character?
Sugar Lyn Beard: I’m so excited! To me, she’s kind of like a girl that we all know, the one that just cannot catch a break and is kind of bumbling through life and her attitude about it is just not great and so she just can’t seem to catch any luck. When she does finally catch luck, it kind of blinds her. She loses all empathy and she just goes for the gold and feels like this is finally her turn and that she deserves all of this luck and is still unaware of what’s happening around her.
I don’t think that Becky is a terrible girl. I really don’t. I mean, I love being a villain, but there’s something about her that is so… There’s such a good heart in there. I just know it. She’s special.
Would you say she’s a sympathetic villain, then?
Even when she would be sympathetic, I think that she fights it off because she wants to hold onto her luck so tightly. So there’s a minute in there where you kind of see that she’s feeling a bit bad for all of the bad luck that’s going on around her, but she just has to push it off and say, “Maybe it’s everybody else’s turn to have bad luck and it’s finally my turn to have good luck,” you know? She has been so unlucky for so long that she thinks maybe she’s not the only one that deserves that kind of bad luck.
How aware is she that she’s leaving this trail of destruction in her wake?
I think she’s not as aware as everyone thinks! I think she is so taken by the fact that her luck finally came in, and I think when she’s in that state of reaping the benefits of that luck for the very first time, I think that she’s kind of blinded by what’s going on around her. When she does notice, I think she makes the decision to keep moving forward and taking the luck for herself and if she is sympathetic to the world around her, she kind of pushes it out of the way so she can take full advantage of her lucky streak.
How did you find out that you landed this role?
It was like magic! I got a phone call that they were looking at me, and that [executive producer] Andrew [Kreisberg] had seen me in a movie that I had done called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — a movie that he and his wife had watched at home — and as soon as Becky came up, he thought, “I know who would be perfect: it’s Sug.” And so they called me out of nowhere and I was so excited at the opportunity to play a super villain, a DC comic book character. I mean, it’s a dream come true! It’s funny, because I’m small and I have a small voice and all of these things… I didn’t know the day would ever come that I would get to play a villain. I was just over the moon, and then — when Andrew told me I got to be funny too — I was just so happy and I said yes right away. It didn’t even take me an hour to jump on for it.
What was the atmosphere like on set?
So. Wonderful. They are just such a family on The Flash set, and they really did open their arms to me. There were puppies on set, I was meeting people’s dogs, we would eat together. It’s probably one of the most relaxed sets I’ve ever been on. Everybody was just so kind and really excited for this season, because there’s going to be some fun in here too, like this season is kind of bringing back a very fun vibe and you can feel that on set. Everybody was laughing and just joining in the fun. They’re also a very efficient set. We moved fast and everybody was incredibly professional. The director Armen [V. Kevorkian] was just a dream.
They just all know what they’re doing up there. It’s amazing. I’m just a big fan of anything that that camp does. What’s amazing about it is you show up, and I read the script and it read like it was a feature film. They do not balk in getting this stuff right and in doing justice and the effects and just the quality of everything. I mean, I’m a fan of television in general, and just seeing them going off every week with such great stories and such amazing characters… and the worlds that they come from. It’s amazing.
Which member of Team Flash were you most excited to meet?
I mean, Barry! I wanted to meet Barry before he was in costume and when he was in costume. You’ll have to watch the episode, because there’s definitely some interaction but it’s surprising how it all goes down. I just had so much fun being in those scenes and acting with him. He’s such a genius and incredibly talented and you just click right in and you get into his eyes and you just get lost. It makes acting very easy.
Tell me about the first time you saw Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in his suit.
The first time I actually saw the Flash, it wasn’t him; it was like a stand-in guy. So I was like, “Oh my gosh, it’s the Flash!” and then he took off his mask and it wasn’t him. [laughs] But his stand-in was just as incredible.
I think I met [Grant Gustin] when we were standing in line at the coffee table, and Grant was just casually in there chatting with everyone and I went over and introduced myself and he was just so warm, a huge smile, and excited to have me there. Yeah, it was perfect.
Do you have a favorite moment or scene you could tease?
Yes! My favorite moment is when Becky Sharpe orders a coffee, and she’s lactose intolerant and she’s very clear about that but they go ahead and put milk in it anyway and there’s a disastrous effect of lactaid in her body.
Did you pick up any comics to prepare for the role?
You see, one of my writing partners — his name is RJ Buckley — and he’s a fantastic guy and a huge comic book fan. As soon as he heard the news, he came over and gave me the very first [issue] that she shows up in… and I’m just in love with it. It’s permanently up in my living room right now. So I have that one and I just cherish it.
What are the odds we’ll see Hazard again after this episode?
I think that there’s going to be a whole spinoff. I think there’s going to be dolls and a cartoon maybe and a musical… [laughs] I don’t know. But I see a bright future for our Becky Sharpe.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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