The fierceness of Gal Gadot knows no end. The 30-year-old Israeli actress/mother/wife/model—who graces the cover of FASHION Magazine’s August 2015 issue—has been able to live many lives that some might think she was born an Amazon. Which is probably why she was recently cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The former beauty queen (Miss Israel, 2004), former soldier (she served time in the military at age 20) and Gucci spokesperson (she’s the face of Gucci’s fragrance, Bamboo) set aside some time during her hectic schedule to be photographed in New York City for our latest issue.
In between primping and posing, Gadot opened up to features editor Elio Iannacci on her iconic role, the plethora of films that she’s starring in and her thoughts on attaining that whole work-life-balance thing. Here’s a sneak peak of the story, which drops on newsstands on July 13, 2015.
On being Wonder Woman:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d grow up to be in a movie playing someone who influenced as many women as she has.”
On her time serving in the military:
“The army wasn’t that difficult for me. The military gave me good training for Hollywood.”
On striving for the best:
“Nowadays being a woman is hard, because we have to be the best wife, best mother, best worker, best everything!”
On her approach to acting:
“I always think about how I would behave if I were in their shoes.”
After a breakout role in Fast & Furious, the actress (and former Miss Israel) is ready to fly high in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
When asked if there was a prophetic moment in her childhood, one that pointed to the empowered women she has played in her accelerating movie career, Gal Gadot, who was born in a suburb of Rosh HaAyin, Israel, says, “I don’t remember this, but my mom told me that when I was three they threw a party on the rooftop of the house. They put me to bed, and I heard people coming into the house and no one came to me. I went to the rooftop and took a hose and I started to spray water on everyone, just to get attention.”
“Gal” (which rhymes with “all”) means “wave,” and “Gadot” means “riverbank,” so the water came naturally. As for attention, all through her teens Gadot received offers to model, which, ironically, did not interest her. “I was a dancer for 12 years—ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz. I thought that I wanted to be a choreographer.” After she graduated from high school, during the time before she was to start her two years in the Israel Defense Forces, Gadot was asked to enter the competition for Miss Israel. Thinking it would be an experience she could tell her grandchildren about, she said yes, and then, “extremely surprised,” won. After the service Gadot started law school, but a few months later she was invited to audition for a James Bond film. She didn’t get the part, but she did land the role of the rather Bond Girl-ish Gisele in Fast & Furious, the fourth film in the Vin Diesel series. “It was a very, very big thing for me,” she says. “It was the first movie I’ve ever done and my second project as an actress.”
Gadot’s career took on speed with three more Furious movies and her high-profile casting as Wonder Woman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The willowy beauty has taken some heat for not being as buxom as the DC Comics character, but she points out that Amazons did not prize large breasts. Meanwhile, she’s in two upcoming thrillers—Criminaland Triple Nine—and has just been signed as the face of Gucci fragrance. Add to that a family—her “amazing husband, very much woman-friendly,” she attests, and their daughter, Alma, three years old—and “there’s a lot of responsibility,” she says. “I’m very grateful for what I have, but it’s on me to make it right. And I’m happy for it.”
Reposting and sharing an article written by Michael. You can check out the original article here.
Welcome to the first post in the SFTB (Started From the Bottom) series which looks at Hollywood stars who have risen quickly to fame. Since ladies come first, here’s Gal Gadot.
You probably recognize this gorgeous woman from her the Fast and Furious series, in which she plays Gisele, the ass-kicking, gun-toting, and jaw-dropping Mossad agent. If you don’t, here’s a refresher:
(Side-note: it’s awesome that the hottest girl of the franchise got with the Asian guy.)
The 28-year-old Israeli actress made recent Hollywood news when she was cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie. But it doesn’t end there. Gal signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros, which means she will return as Wonder Woman in the Justice League movie and her own solo feature in the coming years. We should know by now that if you’re playing a superhero on the big screen these days, you’re bound to become a superstar (see Chris Evans).
She has already been receiving flack for being cast as Wonder Woman due to her thin body frame and lack of muscles, but this girl can literally kick ass. At 19, she served two years in the Israel Defense Forces (so she probably knows Krav Maga), played a variety of sports, and did her own stunts in the F&F movies.
During her modeling years, she won Miss Israel in 2004 and in 2007, she was featured in Maxim’s Girls of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Two years later, she got her big break when she starred in Fast & Furious. She reprised her role in two more sequels, after playing smaller parts in Date Night and Knight and Day.
She’s come a long way since her first U.S. film debut. I can’t wait until Batman Vs. Superman (or whatever title they finally decide on) finally comes out because I know Gal will be a great Wonder Woman. Let’s hope Ben Affleck does the same.
Gal Gadot started from Gisele in Fast & Furious, and now she’s Wonder Woman.
Thanks to a heads up from one of our twitter follows, Laneyboggs – I’ve uploaded a UHQ version of Gal in upcoming March 2014 issue of Total Film UK to Gal Gadot Online’s photo gallery. You can click on the photo below or the gallery link. Enjoy!
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