Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

Actor
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Life Story

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress, singer, martial artist, and model. She was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her parents are Irit, a teacher, and Michael, an engineer, who is a sixth-generation Israeli. She served in the IDF for two years, and won the Miss Israel title in 2004.

Gal began modeling in the late 2000s, and made her film debut in the fourth film of the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast & Furious (2009), as Gisele. Her role was expanded in the sequels Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), in which her character was romantically linked to Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang). In the films, Gal performed her own stunts. She also appeared in the 2010 films Date Night (2010) and Knight and Day (2010).

In early December 2013, Gal was cast as Wonder Woman in the superhero team-up film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and filming began in 2014 for a March 2016 release. Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in preparation for the role. As a result, her performance as the superhero, which is the first time for the character on film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the otherwise poorly-received film. The film is part of the DC Extended Universe, and Gadot plays the role again in the solo film Wonder Woman (2017), which was received very positively, and superhero team-up Justice League (2017).

Gal is a motorcycle enthusiast, and owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R. She has been married to Israeli businessman Yaron Versano since September 28, 2008. They have two daughters.

Family

Yaron Versano (28 September 2008 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia

She won the Miss Israel title in 2004, and represented Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant.
She served for two years as sports trainer in the Israeli Defense Forces between ages eighteen and twenty.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a daughter named Alma Versano in November 2011. Child's father is her husband, Yaron Versano.
Is the first non-American actress to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.
While not filming "Wonder Woman 1984", she visited patients of Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
Enjoys basketball, volleyball and tennis.
Her name is pronounced "Gall Guh-dote".
Her husband Yaron Varsano owned (with his brother) a hotel in the Neve Tzedek district of Tel-Aviv. In April 2015 it was sold for $25m.
She is the first actress to portray Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in any live-action theatrical film. Previous actresses only performed the role for television.
She was up for the role of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), but it ultimately went to Karen Gillan.
Ranked #84 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
She was offered to portray Faora in Man of Steel (2013), but turned it down due to her pregnancy at that time. The role was passed to Antje Traue.
Starred with both brothers Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck in two films released in 2016: Triple 9 (2016) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
She and Lynda Carter (who is also known for the role of Wonder Woman) both made appearances in Disney films. Gal voices Shank in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). Lynda performed as Principal Powers in Sky High (2005).
Her first and second name respectively mean, "wave" and "riverbank".
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 31, a daughter named Maya Versano in March 2017. Child's father is her husband, Yaron Versano.
Starred in Criminal (2016) with Kevin Costner. The first day she and Costner met, they filmed a scene in which he was to tie her up and wrap her mouth with tape as a gag. In the scene of the film, Gadot is tied to her bed and gagged by Costner while he searches her house.

Personal Quotes 

I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity. I did my two year military service, I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me. I want people to have a good impression of Israel. I don't feel like I'm an ambassador for my country, but I do talk about Israel a lot - I enjoy telling people about where I come from and my religion.
There aren't enough good roles for strong women. I wish we had more female writers. Most of the female characters you see in films today are "the poor heartbroken girl". That's why I'm so proud of the Fast movies. I feel like Giselle is an empowering woman.
My height is 178 cm, which explains how I got on the high school basketball team. I was not an amazing shooter, but I ripped them on defense.
[on Wonder Woman's smirk in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)] I did that. I remember after we did that take, Zack [director Zack Snyder] came to me and he said, 'Did you just have a smirk?' I said 'Yeah.' And he asked, 'Why? I think I like it, but why?' 'Well if [Doomsday's] gonna mess with her, then she's gonna mess with him. And she knows she's gonna win.' At the end of the day Wonder Woman is a peace seeker. But when fight arrives, she can fight. She's a warrior and she enjoys the adrenaline of the fight.
[on fan's backlash over her casting as Wonder Woman] They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small... They said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick. I can take anything. It's just empty talk. I can understand that part of what I'm doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire.
When I auditioned for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I didn't know it was for Wonder Woman. The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy Number One, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!
[on whether she knew that the Wonder Woman film was going to be a hit] There's always how you feel about something but you never know how it's really going to be once it's all done and ready to go. It felt like it was special. When we shot the movie we were so invested and so thoughtful with every decision we made with the character and the story, I was so privileged to work with an amazingly phenomenal filmmaker, Patty Jenkins. But we didn't expect it to be so well received.

Filmography

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