Intriguing Facts About Wonder Woman, Mrs. Gal Gadot

15/11/2017 - 3:48 1575 Views

Gal Gadot has earned a lot of attention lately thanks to her performance as Wonder Woman. With a past as both Gucci model and combat instructor in the Israeli army, she is now Hollywood’s newest “IT” girl. Find out more about the actress behind Wonder Woman and see why everyone in Hollywood is talking about her.

FIGHT TRAINING

Gal was trained in Krav Maga, the infamous Israeli martial art. Something that came in handy when she had to train for her role as an Amazon warrior.

EXTREME WORKOUTS

Gym Jones trainers Mark Twight and Thomas Bradley wanted her to look like a believable superhero, so they created extreme workouts to get her a chiselled physique.

BLIND AUDITION

Director Zack Snyder didn’t tell her the audition was for the role of Wonder Woman, so she had no idea what it was for. She spent the time before her audition listening to Beyonce to pump herself up.

MEASUREMENTS

At nearly 5’10’’ tall and lean, Gal was the perfect choice to play an Amazonian warrior. She just had to study fighting forms such as Kickboxing and Karate to add some muscle.

WONDER WOMAN’S FIRST TIME

Gal made her first appearance as Wonder Woman in 2016 “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. She made a huge splash in this movie and the excitement for her own Wonder woman film grew.

ZACK SNYDER

She was first hired by Zack Snyder for the movie Batman v Superman. As soon as he saw her he knew he had found his Wonder Woman.

PREMIERE NUMBER 1

Wonder Woman opened up with a strong first weekend, earning over $100 million. A great start for all future female-lead movies.

FAMILY

Gal with her husband: here we see her family before their latest daughter was born in March of 2017.

FIRST ACTING ROLE

She got her first role in the Israeli TV-series Bubot, where she played Miriam. Apparently this was more than enough for Justin Lin to hire her to play the role of Gisele in Fast and Furious.

BODY TRANSFORMATION

Gal underwent a serious transformation from a lean model to a believable Amazonian warrior. Her trainer had her work with weights combined with combat practice to bulk her up. She also consumed near 7,000 calories a day when she was trying to bulk up.

MILITARY SERVICE

Being  an Israeli citizen, Gal had to serve two years in the Israeli Military Defense Force. During this time she auditioned, and got the part of Gisele Harabo in the newer Fast and Furious movies.

GUCCI

In 2015 Gal starred in the new Gucci campaign for the bamboo perfume, from which she earned more than 2.4 million dollars. And it was her first campaign !

EARLY LIFE

Gal was born in Israel on April 30, 1985 to a mother who was a teacher and a father who was an engineer. That’s her on the right.

FROM MODEL TO ACTION STAR

Gal gained 17 lb of muscle in six months by training for six hours a day. Making the transition from model to action star wasn’t easy, but the final product is quite amazing.

MISS UNIVERSE

When she went out for Miss Universe, she had to be convinced by her mother to go. She hated it so much that she refused to go to any other beauty pageants from that moment on.

SHALOM LIFE

In 2012, she was inserted in the Top 5 Jewish Women list by Shalom Life Magazine because of her skills, talent, beauty and intelligence.

STUDIED LAW

After two years in the Israeli Military, she studied Law and International relations. She auditioned for the role of a Bond Girl for the movie Quantum of Solace but didn’t get it. She later commented that she was too smart for the role anyway.

PREGNANT DURING FILMING OF WONDER WOMAN

You really wouldn’t tell, mainly because she was only a few months during the original filming, but during reshoots she was five months pregnant and showing. They modified the costume and placed a green cloth over the baby bump to screen it out.

FASHION MODELING

She became a celebrity thanks to her earlier modelling career, which also gave her the chance to travel a lot. She’s 32 and her acting career has just started.

ACTING CAREER

After she was rejected for the role of Bond girl, she went to an acting coach and started her acting career in an Israeli TV series. The casting director of Quantum of Solace worked on Fast and Furious as well and decided to hire her for the role of Gisele.

STARRED IN “CRIMINAL”

Gal played Ryan Reynolds’s wife in the action movie Criminal. She enjoyed working with Ryan, so hopefully we’ll see them together again on the screen.

CHRIS PINE

Actor Chris Pine, who plays her love interest in the film, can’t stop talking about how good she is. They are really enjoying doing press conferences together for the film.

ALMOST A BAD GUY IN MAN OF STEEL

Initially she was bound to play the role of villain Faora-Ul in Man of Steel, but had to give up because of her pregnancy. Lucky for all of us, because if she did star, she couldn’t have played the role of Wonder Woman.

FEMALE DIRECTOR

Gal wanted a woman to direct Wonder Woman. In her opinion Patty Jenkins was perfect and managed to create a film every woman can relate to.

FEMALE LEAD

Her portrayal of Wonder woman is the first time a female has lead a comic book movie in over 10 years. Arguably she was the only good part of Batman v Superman.

PREGGERS

By the end of Wonder Woman Gal was four months pregnant. During reshoots, she was five and had to have her baby bump screened out.

ALMOST IN GUARDIANS OF GALAXY

She almost got the part of Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy  movie, but was beaten by Zoe Saldana. But when she auditioned for Wonder Woman she beat Elodie Yung and Jaimie Alexander.

WAS RYAN REYNOLD’S SCREEN WIFE

Gal played Ryan Reynolds character’s wife in the action movie Criminal. She enjoyed so much working with him that it’s likely we’ll see them together on the screen again.

MISS ISRAEL 2004

She won Miss Israel beauty pageant in 2004, when she was just 18 years old. This sparked her modelling career which would eventually push her into acting. She never liked modelling but saw it as a way to pay for her studies.

WONDER WORKOUT

Her Wonder Workout included intense weight lifting sessions followed by high intensity circuit training mixing cardio and weights. While she trained for up to six hours a day, her trainers say you could have the same body with only an hour a day. Ready to start?

GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE ROCK

She became great friends with Dwayne The Rock Johnson during her time filming The Fast and The Furious movies. He also gave her good advice on how to get from a slender fashion model to a strong Amazon warrior.

BODY CHANGES

Gadot had always been lean and nimble, so she had to train a lot to transform into a believable Amazonian warrior, gaining as much as 17 lbs of muscle in the process.

STUNT WOMAN

Gal is one of the few female leads in Hollywood who do their own stunts. She began doing motorcycle stunts for Fast and Furious, as she already rode her own bike. Sounds like a real Wonder Woman.

DIRECTOR PATTY JENKINS

It was Gal Gadot who suggested  Patty Jenkins as a female director for the movie, as she believed a woman would create a more realistic female character.

ALMOST QUIT ACTING

Thankfully she didn’t quit, but early on in her career she had issues dealing with the constant rejection involved in acting and wanted to return to school. Lucky for us, she learned to deal with rejection by not getting rejected at all.

HEBREW

Gadot was born in Rosh Ha’ayin in Israel, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Her name means “wave” and her surname “riverbank”.

ONLY THREE WOMEN

She’s only the third actress to play Wonder Woman, after Cathy Lee Crosby in the 1974 TV film and Lynda Carted in the TV series of the 70s.

PAUL WALKER

She was very close to co-star Paul Walker before his death in 2013. She wrote on Twitter, “Lost a dear friend today. So sudden and tragic. . .Hard to believe. . .Paul was a great man with a big heart and passion for life. I’m so sad he’s no longer with us. Can’t believe I’m actually writing this. . .I’m sending my condolences to his family and his precious daughter Meadow. . .Rest in peace brother. We will miss you here. . .”

SUCCESSFUL MODELING CAREER

Before she considered acting, she travelled around the world thanks to her modelling career. She’s still considered the second most successful Israeli model, after Bar Refaeli.

OWNED A LUXURY HOTEL

In 2015, Gal and her husband sold the luxury hotel they co-owned, The Versano, reportedly for $26 million. Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the Tel Aviv hotel to turn it into his own home.

FAST & FURIOUS

Director Justin Lin saw a video of Gal training and decided to hire her immediately for the Fast and Furious movie. Not only that, he was so impressed that he rewrote her backstory that he included military experience and made her an ex Mossad agent. Being a motorcycle rider already, Gal did all her stunts on her own.

ACTING CAREER

After the failed Bond girl audition, she started going to an acting coach and got her first role in an Israeli TV series. The same casting director for Quantum of Solace worked on Fast & Furious and recommended her for the role of Gisele.

DATE NIGHT

That same year, she played Mark Wahlberg’s girlfriend in the comedy ‘Date Night.” These small roles were starting to gain her fame in Hollywood.

TRIPLE 9

She starred in the action film Triple 9 with Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson. As she kept getting roles for films, she was about to become really famous.

FLEX

Gal’s trainer put her on a strict diet so she could gain the muscles need for the role. She would eat a lot of vegetables and lean meat, and snack on avocado toasts, which are full of proteins.

DOES HER OWN STUNTS

On the set of Fast & Furious 6, Gal was the only star who did all their own stunts. She already owned a Ducati motorcycle so she didn’t lack experience.

ENTOURAGE

In 2009 she starred in an episode of Entourage as one of Vince’s love interests.

ROLE MODEL

She wants Wonder Woman to be a role model for young girls everywhere. Her character is strong and doesn’t need a man. She hopes that this will mark the beginning of strong women roles in movies.

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE

She was cast as a female lead in Ashton Kutcher’s The Beautiful Life, a TV series about models living in New York City.

TRAINING

To train for the role of a lifetime, she got herself into the best possible shape. She took lessons in swordsmanship, kung fu, kickboxing, capoeira, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and spent countless hours lifting weights at the gym.

ISRAELI DEFENSE

Shortly after she won the Miss Israel beauty pageant, she served two years as a combat instructor in the Israeli Defense Force. Her military experience earned her the role of Gisele in the Fast and Furious film.

ANCESTRY

Gal considers herself to be 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Czech, 1/4 Austrian and 1/4 German. Those are the four countries her grandparents left when they moved to Israel.

LAW SCHOOL

She was a full year into Law School when a modelling agent found and old picture of her and convinced her to drop out of school. And we are all thankful for that.

SPORTS

Gal is big on sports and likes to keep fit. Her favourite sports are volleyball, tennis and basketball which she excelled at in school, thanks to her being 5’10’’ tall.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES

Gal had a pretty major role in the action comedy Keeping up with the Jones, which starred comedian Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm as the male lead role. This movie showed that Gal has a funny side too.

TWO DAUGHTERS

Gal and her husband Yaron Versano married in 2008 and they have two daughters. Mary was born in March 2017 and Alma was born in 2011.

WEDDING DAY

They first met at a party in the desert, and got married two years later with a very traditional Jewish wedding in 2008.

COMBAT TRAINING

Gadot greatly improved her combat training for Wonder Woman. She studied boxing and martial arts, and dusted off her knowledge of Krav Maga, the Israeli army own martial art.

COSTUME MALFUNCTIONS

The first Wonder Woman costume was so tight that Gal had to hold her breath multiple times whilst filming.