“Batman v. Superman” was not exactly a favourite among critics. But Wonder Woman definitely was. Who was the actress behind the iconic character? Below, we round up 10 facts you should know about Gal Gadot.
1. She is the first non-American to take on the role of Wonder Woman.
Diana Prince might have been an Amazon princess. But her role has always been played by Americans. According to Cinema Blend, Gal Gadot, an Israeli, changed all that.
2. She kicked ass in real life.
Gadot served two years in the Israeli army. “You’ve got to give back to the state…You give your freedom away. You learn discipline and respect,” she told Glamour.
3. She is quite the rebel.
We all know by now that the actress was once Miss Israel. But, in an interview with Glamour, she revealed how much of a rebel she could be. “[W]hen I went to Miss Universe, I rebelled…They tell you to come to breakfast in a gown. I was like, “No way am I having breakfast in a gown!”
4. She loves motorcycles.
According to Cinema Blend, the actress often rides a 2006 Ducati Monster.
5. She almost didn’t take the role.
“I was really anxious about how to travel with a child,” she told Glamour. But she ended up taking the job anyway to be a good “role model” to her daughter, Alma.
6. She is proud of her body.
According to Cinema Blend, Gadot “isn’t concerned about what you think Wonder Woman should look like.”
7. She co-owns a five-star hotel.
She co-owns Varsano in Tel Aviv with her husband.
8. She was almost a lawyer.
According to Glamour, Gadot went to law school. But she wasn’t able to finish because a casting director made her audition for a Bond Girl role.
9. But she didn’t become a Bond Girl.
She lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, whom she will later beat for the role of Wonder Woman.
10. She is a doting mum.
She once said Alma had a “beautiful soul.”