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GAL GADOT: The Israeli ‘Wonder Woman’, who hasn’t forgotten her true roots as a proud Jewish Israeli girl who loves her country

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


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