Gal Gadot, 1985

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  • HerStory

    Actress and producer, known for playing the role of Wonder Woman.

    Born in Israel to a middle-class family. Gadot was athletic from childhood, playing volleyball, basketball, and taking dance lessons, wanting to be a choreographer when she grows up. At 18, she won the 2004 “Miss Israel” beauty pageant and represented Israel at the Miss Universe beauty pageant of the same year. Not long after, she was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces, serving the mandatory two-years as a fitness instructor for combatants.
    After completing her military service, Gadot began a professional modeling career, leading campaigns both in Israel and abroad. Throughout the years, she has been featured as the cover girl on international magazines such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Entertainment Weekly.
    At the age of 22, she started studying law and international relations, but after completing the first year of college, she was called to an audition for the part of a Bond girl in the film Quantum of Solace. Though she didn’t get the role, this experience led her to pursue acting opportunities, and she stared in numerous Israeli productions. A few months after the James Bond audition, the same casting director contacted her once again, this time for the role of Gisele Yashar in the Fast & Furious franchise. She got the part, and after the first film, Gisele’s part was expanded, and Gadot returned to play the role in the next three sequels. In those movies, she performed her own stunt work. Soon she began to play small roles in various films, including Date Night, Knight and Day, and Triple 9.
    In 2013, Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman – the warrior princess of the Amazons. This was the first time that the superhero appeared in a movie, after appearing only on TV (starring Lynda Carter). Wonder Woman, or by her civilian name – Diana Prince, is the first widely recognizable female superhero and a symbol of female empowerment. She’s known for her physical strengths as well as her compassion and sense of justice.
    Gadot’s first appearance as the superhero was in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for which she received training in various martial arts, such as kickboxing, Kung Fu, Capoeira, Swordsmanship, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Five years later, she starred as Wonder Woman in a standalone film. The Wonder Woman movie was the biggest opener for a movie directed by a woman ever, and had one of the biggest openings for a superhero movie worldwide, earning a total of $821.74 million. Gadot continues to portray the superhero in other movies, including Justice League and Wonder Woman 1984.
    In addition to acting, Gadot, alongside her husband Jaron Varsano, established the production company “Pilot Wave,” and she is serving as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    “It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong superhero to look up to”

    “It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong superhero to look up to”


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • In Hebrew, “Gal” meaning is “Wave” and “Gadot” is “Riverbanks”.
    • She was 5 months pregnant with her second child while reshooting scenes for Wonder Woman.
    • She will star and produce a series about the life of Hedy Lamarr.
    • As a teen, she worked at Burger King.
    • ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ release date was postponed to August, 2020, due to Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • More About Her Legacy

    * Women Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Female Action Hero
    * Critics' Choice Awards
    * Teen Choice Awards

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  • Gal Gadot Talks Seeing Wonder Woman 1984 For The First Time

    ET's Rachel Smith sat down with the star and director of 'Wonder Woman 1984' at CCXP in Brazil. The 'Wonder Woman' sequel hits theaters June 2020.

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  • Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International panel for the film Wonder Woman. Credit - Wikipedia.