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Gal Gadot: Everything You Need To Know About The Wonder Woman Star

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Miss Universe contestant, ex-army officer and star of the Fast And The Furious franchise, Gal Gadot is one talented woman, but she will now always be synonymous with an iconic DC Comics character: Wonder Woman.

Following her show-stealing performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gal reprised the role in the standalone Wonder Woman, the superheroine's first ever solo feature film last year. Not only was it well received critically and beloved by audiences, the film, directed by Patty Jenkins, broke an impressive number of box office records too, definitely proving that yes, there is a serious demand for female-fronted films. Off the back of Wonder Woman's success, a sequel is now slated for release in 2019, so Gal's star appears to be firmly in its ascendancy. As if that wasn't enough to win us over, there's also the fact that Gal is an avowed feminist. 'People always ask me if I'm a feminist and I find the question surprising, because I think, "Yes, of course. Every woman, every man, everyone should be a feminist. Because whoever is not a feminist is sexist,"' she told Rolling Stone magazine last year. We couldn't have put it better ourselves...

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Before Gal landed the role of a lifetime, she was considering quitting acting for good after a string of near misses. Fortuitously, it was then that Batman Vs. Superman director Zac Snyder got in touch, asking her to audition for a ‘top secret’ role. ‘You get the lines, but you have no idea what the story is about, what the character is, nothing,’ she later told Jimmy Fallon of the audition experience. A short while later, she received another call from Snyder. ‘He says, “I don’t know if you have this character in Israel, whether she’s big or not, but did you ever hear about Wonder Woman?”’ she recalled. ‘And I was like… “Yes, yes. I’ll be there. Done!”’ How’s that for proof that persistence always pays off?

What other movies had Gal Gadot been in before Wonder Woman?

Gal Gadot’s first big Hollywood part was in 2008 when she starred in the fourth film in The Fast And The Furious franchise. Gadot’s part of Giselle was then reprised for both Fast Five in 2011 and Fast And The Furious 6 in 2013.

In 2015, Gal Gadot landed the role of Wonder Woman which saw her play the iconic character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She has since starred in two sequels, the solo Wonder Woman and also Justice League, which was released later in 2017.

2016 was a busy year for Gadot who also played Ryan Reynolds’ wife in the thriller, Criminal, starred alongside Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul in the crime-thriller Triple 9, and played a secret agent with Isla Fisher in comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses.

What will Gal Gadot's next films be?

With Wonder Woman 1984 and the second part of Justice League, the next few years are already busy for Gal, but she's hardly resting on her laurels. Recently, she announced that she'd been cast opposite Dwayne Johnson in Red Notice, a thriller about art theft, and she's also currently attached to Deeper (along with Bradley Cooper), a drama about a former astronaut who decides to tackle the challenge of deep sea diving, as well as Ruin, which is set in Germany just after World War II.

How did Gal Gadot become famous?

Gal Gadot first found fame when she won the 2004 Miss Israel competition, and subsequent 2004 Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador. And she has continued to work as a model throughout her career as an actress.

Who has Gal Gadot modelled for?

Gal Gadot has starred in international campaigns for Captain Morgan rum, Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. Most notably she is the face of Gucci's Bamboo. In the video campaign for the fragrance, Gadot shows off her superhero skills as she wields a fencing sword and plays the piano naked (as you do). Since 2018, Gal has joined the Revlon team as a brand ambassador.

How old is Gal Gadot?

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Gal Gadot is 33 years old, and was born in Rosh HaAyin, Israel on 30th Apri 1985. After school she completed two years of military service (as is mandatory in Israel) before starting to study for a Law degree, of which she never completed due to her part in Fast And The Furious.

Who is Gal Gadot’s husband?

Gal Gadot is married to Israeli real estate developer, Yaron Varsano. The pair tied the knot in September 2008 and they are now parents to two little girls: Alma Versano, aged six, and Maya, aged one. Varsano previously owned Tel Aviv's famous Versano hotel, but sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich back in 2015, in a rumoured $26 million deal.

Discussing how she met her future husband in an interview with Glamour, Gal elaborated: 'We met nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends at this very strange party in the Israeli desert. It was all about yoga, chakras, and eating healthy — we didn't exactly find ourselves there, but we found each other.'

Is Gal Gadot on Instagram?

Gal Gadot has a whopping 21.4 million followers on Instagram. She shares candid selfies and inspirational quotes alongside behind-the-scenes pics on set and shots from her upcoming movies - and you can follow her on @gal_gadot.

How does Gal Gadot keep in shape?

For her part as Wonder Woman, Gadot spent years training her body with a mixture of cardio, martial arts and weight training. She also received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training to transform into the famous superhero.

Will Gal Gadot be in Wonder Woman 2?

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The upcoming Wonder Woman sequel - tentatively titled Wonder Woman 1984 and reportedly set during the Cold War - is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019, with Gal set to reprise her role and Patty Jenkins to return to the director's chair. Judging from the promo pics recently released by Warner Brothers, it seems that Chris Pine is also set to return to the franchise - despite his character Steve Trevor apparently dying in battle in Wonder Woman. So, good news all round, then.

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