Gal Gadot: “I love everything Wonder Woman stands for”
DC COMIC FILMS ARE OFTEN ACCUSED OF BEING DARK COMPARED TO MARVEL FILMS. WILL ‘WONDER WOMAN’ FOLLOW THAT OR BE LIGHTER?
GAL GADOT: It carries a lot of funny moments but it’s a good drama story as well. Patty Jenkins, who directed ‘Monster’, directed me for this and she is the best director for this movie. She’s all about the heart of the story, all about the soul of the story.
WHEN ZACK SNYDER OFFERED YOU THE ROLE OF WONDER WOMAN, DID YOU KNOW THERE WOULD BE HER OWN MOVIE PLUS VARIOUS SPIN-OFFS INCLUDING ‘BVS’ AND ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE PARTS 1 & 2’?
GAL GADOT: We didn’t talk at all about the commitment of it – but I’m happy about it. I’m all about commitment. I’m a Taurus, very loyal! I’ve worked with the ‘Fast & Furious’ family for years I was happy I have this new amazing family to be with.
AS A WORKING MOTHER, WERE YOU HESITANT ABOUT ACCEPTING THE ROLE? YOU’D BE AWAY FROM HOME A LOT…
GAL GADOT: There is always hesitation. Being a mother really set my priorities, family comes first. I have the best partner [husband, Yaron Versano] to do what I do. When I was first thinking about getting pregnant I wasn’t sure how it was going to work with travelling. We lead a very hectic life. And my husband told me, ‘When you have a child what kind of role model do you want to be? You are who you are, you love to work, you love to challenge yourself, you love what you do. Are you going to give this all up just because…?’ And then he really made me understand that I want to set a good role model for my daughter. I want her to believe that she can achieve what she wants and that everything is possible. And it’s all about her.
WHAT KIND OF CHILDHOOD DID YOU HAVE GROWING UP IN ROSH HAAYIN, ISRAEL?
GAL GADOT: A very happy childhood. I was a tomboy. I see little girls now who love nail polish, not me. I
had bruises on my knee all the time, I used to play volleyball, basketball, tennis and dodgeball. I was a dancer all my life, too. So, I was always very active. I grew up in Rosh HaAyin, which is very close to Tel Aviv and still have so many friends that I grew up with, a group of seven of us and we grew up together and it’s great.
DID BEING IN THE ARMY GIVE YOU GOOD DISCIPLINE FOR BEING AN ACTRESS AND HELP ESPECIALLY WITH ACTION ROLES LIKE ‘WONDER WOMAN’ AND ‘FAST & FURIOUS’?
GAL GADOT: Yes and no. Going to the army could not be further away from Hollywood and shooting a movie. What I did in the army was a very physical role. I was a combat trainer, I didn’t fight, I wasn’t on the field but I kept soldiers in shape. The only resemblance that I can find is the physicality, the intensity of the fact that both the training I did for the army and for Wonder Woman was very demanding. Intensive.
FINALLY, YOU WERE IN THE COMEDIES ‘DATE NIGHT’ AND ‘KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES’. WAS IT FUN DOING COMEDY AND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO MORE?
GAL GADOT: I’d love to do more comedy but my life right now is all about Wonder Woman. I have a lot on my plate. I’m going through a minor identity crisis! I love everything she stands for. She’s all about love, equality, truth, compassion and justice. For me it was important that people can relate to her.. men, women, boys, girls… I didn’t want her to be polished, I wanted her to have an edge. I’ve been shooting for so long she’s becoming me and I’m becoming her.
IN YOUR DAILY LIFE, DO YOU FIND YOURSELF THINKING ‘WHAT WOULD WONDER WOMAN DO’?
GAL GADOT: Yeah. [laughs]
7 wonders of Gal Gadot
- She filmed Wonder Woman while five months pregnant with her second daughter.
- She returns to the big screen as Wonder Woman in Justice League pt 1 out on 16th November this year and Justice League pt 2 coming out in 2019
- She is an Israeli actress and model
- She does many of her own stunts
- In university she studied law and international relations
- She met her husband, Yaron Varsano in the desert in Israel.
- She served two years in the Israeli defence forces