Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.
Gal Gadot speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Wonder Woman 1984", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Gal Gadot Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות‎; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. She is the leading fashion model for the clothing company Castro. Gadot is known for her role as Gisele Yashar in The Fast and the Furious film series, and as Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) in the DC Extended Universe.


  • 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.
  • 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 was training six months prior to the shoots, and six hours a day I did two hours of gym work, two hours of fight choreography, and one and half hours-two hours horseback riding, which is super hard…It was a lot more intense [than the army]. By far.
  • 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. I think I speak for the majority of female actors when I say we need stronger roles. My biggest challenge is to find more strong parts.”* A baby comes with such responsibility. Once you become a mother, you always have a guilt trip. You always try to do the best, but you feel you can always be better.
  • When you’re on set, you’re like a kite. You can fly so high and try to catch the air, then you go back home to do your main shift as being a mother
    • [1] on being a mother


  • GLAMOUR: Were there certain things that you felt were particularly important in portraying Wonder Woman?
GG: For BvS it was important for me that we show how independent she is. She is not relying on a man, and she's not there because of a love story. She's not there to serve someone else.
GLAMOUR: It's pretty clear she doesn't need help from anybody!
GG: She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She's loving.
GLAMOUR: We don't really tend to think about superheroes' hearts.
GG: And it's all her heart—that's her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it's a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let's own who we are and use it as a strength.
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