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

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by Elizabeth Bennett |
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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...

Here's everything you need to know about Israeli actress and model...

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.

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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.'

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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.

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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.

Get up to speed with 2018's unmissable film releases in the gallery below...


Best films 2018 grazia SLIDER

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Ocean's 8

The prospect of a gender-flipped re-boot doesn't always fill us with anticipation, but that's not the case with Ocean's 8, which has managed to cast - deep breath - Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, rapper and comedian Awkwafina and Rihanna as a gang of con artists orchestrating a jewel heist at the Met Gala (Anne Hathaway plays their target). Given the star power involved, here's hoping they pull it off…Summer

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On Chesil Beach

Having earned her first Oscar nomination (aged just 13) for Atonement a decade ago, Saoirse Ronan returns for another Ian McEwan book-to-film adaptation (this one with a script by McEwan himself). Based on the Booker-nominated novella and set in 1962 (the year before sex 'began,' as Philip Larkin would put it in Annus Mirabilis) On Chesil Beach follows a newly married couple on their honeymoon, tentatively preparing to navigate the physical and emotional awkwardness of their first night together. Billy Howle stars opposite Ronan, alongside Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff.15th June

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Playing out like a millennial Cruel Intentions with darker laughs and an even darker ending, Thoroughbreds is as poised and fast-paced as its title would suggest. Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke make a compellingly twisted duo as Lily and Amanda, two privileged Connecticut teens who'd drifted apart until the latter's mum bribes the former to assist her daughter with SAT prep. Type-A Lily soon becomes fascinated by Amanda – and by whispered rumours about her pet horse's grim fate, too – and recruits her into an increasingly sinister campaign against her hateful stepfather.9th March

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

Everyone's favourite guilty pleasure musical (OK, my favourite guilty pleasure musical) is back for a sequel that's also a prequel: Lily James plays the twenty-something iteration of Meryl Streep's Donna, who's torn between younger versions of the three love interests we met in the first film. As the story jumps from past to present, the old gang of Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth et al is back, but a question mark hangs over Donna's fate – luckily, Cher has been drafted in for a cameo to distract from her absence. The question that no one's asking, though, is how have the producers eked out a sequel when the first film tore through almost every song on ABBA: Gold? 20th July

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Mary Poppins Returns

53 years after Mary Poppins floated into the London sky, umbrella in hand, Emily Blunt will take on Julie Andrews' iconic role in an all-singing, all-dancing sequel – and as far as re-castings go, this one appears to be practically perfect in every way. Set in 1930s London, Mary Poppins Returns picks up with Jane and Michael Banks (played by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) as adults with children of their own. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (who's also worked on the musical numbers) round out an all-star cast.25th December

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First Man

Ryan Gosling re-teams with La La Land director Damien Chazelle for a new biopic that's stratospheres away from his love letter to old Hollywood musicals. First Man follows Neil Armstrong (Gosling) as he prepares to make the first landing on the Moon. The Crown's Claire Foy joins him as Janet, Armstrong's wife, in what will doubtless be her most awards-friendly role since taking on Queen Elizabeth II. Chazelle's film, which he's previously described as 'a mission movie' over a straightforward biopic, has been in development since 2014, and features a script by Josh Singer, who wrote 2016's Best Picture winner Spotlight.

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The Post

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and the Pentagon Papers leak: everything about The Post implies guaranteed success come awards season. Its subject matter, too, couldn't feel more timely. Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham, the lone woman in the editorial boys' club, as she grapples with the ethical implications of her paper publishing (or not publishing) a classified report which reveals how successive US governments had stepped up the conflict in Vietnam. In other words, it's about holding those in power to account. A must-watch.19th January

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Black Panther

It doesn't arrive in cinemas until next month, but Black Panther – the first standalone movie in Marvel's extensive stable to be fronted by a black superhero – is already setting records, beating Captain America: Civil War to become the studio's most pre-ordered film in the 24 hours after tickets became available. As T'Challa, the hero of the title, Chadwick Boseman heads up a cast that features Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya. Here's to a future where Marvel movies don't exclusively star white guys named Chris…12th February

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

After 2016's inaugural Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes the second in a planned five-part series, bearing the ever-so-slightly cumbersome title The Crimes of Grindelwald. Plot details have, of course, been kept largely under wraps, but we can expect to see Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander teaming up with Jude Law's Young Dumbledore to take down the dark wizard of the title. Johnny Depp's casting has (rightly) proved controversial: can the producers' decision to stand by the star in the wake of domestic abuse allegations stand up in the Times Up era?16th November

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A Wrinkle In Time

Madeleine L'Engle's fantasy epic isn't widely read this side of the Atlantic, but it's a beloved childhood favourite for many US readers. Now, the novel is getting the Disney blockbuster treatment with Ava DuVernay, the woman behind Selma and last year's The 13th, on directing duties. Joining her to tell the story of Meg (played by 14-year-old Storm Reid), a young girl who travels through space and time in search of her missing scientist father are Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine.9th March

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Fashioning a back story for one of the most iconic screen characters of all time is no small task, and for a moment, it seemed like the latest addition to the Star Wars spin-off universe would end up trapped in development hell: the film's two directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller parted with Disney due to the classic 'creative differences' halfway through production, with Ron Howard drafted in at last minute to wrap things up. All this behind-the-scenes drama only serves to make Solo: A Star Wars Story the more intriguing. Set to mark a tonal shift from past installments (it's been billed as having a comedy-meets-western feel, whatever that means), it'll see Alden Ehrenreich stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes, with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in as-yet-undisclosed roles.25th May

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Isle Of Dogs

Wes Anderson's follow-up to The Grand Budapest Hotel__ was this doggie treat. A stop-motion animation in the vein of his Fantastic Mr Fox, Isle of Dogs is set in a dystopian Japan in which dogs have been confined to a garbage-strewn island after an outbreak of canine flu. This being an Anderson movie, the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston and Jeff Goldblum are among those voicing the menagerie of canine characters.

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Phantom Thread

Daniel Day Lewis' last role (or so he says – the three-time Oscar winner has a habit of announcing a career break then making a suitably dramatic return) sees him play a twisted 1950s couturier in Phantom Thread. So far, the film, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, has garnered five star reviews across the board and a clutch of awards nominations, too, while the dreamy New Look-style ball gowns are worthy of a real-life runway.2nd February

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I, Tonya

They say the truth is stranger than fiction: that seems, at least, to be entirely correct when it comes to the curious case of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who fell from grace when she became implicated in a brutal attack on Nancy Kerrigan, her team mate and rival. To play Tonya (and to play against her superlative looks), Margot Robbie was transformed with layer upon layer of prosthetics. A classic awards tactic, yes, but one that's apparently paid off: her performance has so far earned nominations from both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.16th February

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Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence goes full femme fatale in Red Sparrow, playing a Russian ballerina who's forcibly recruited by the secret service. Once she has been trained up as a super-spy, she begins to question her loyalties when she embarks upon a relationship with a CIA agent. Based on that synopsis, we're expecting glossy, high octane thrills, with J. Law back in quasi-superheroine mode after a post-*Hunger Games *and X-Men lull. Charlotte Rampling, Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts also star. 2nd March

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The Shape Of Water

If you were enchanted by the dark dreamscape of Pan's Labryinth, Guillermo del Toro's fantastical Spanish Civil War allegory, prepare to get excited for The Shape of Water, a 60s-set love story that's also a B-movie thriller. Sally Hawkins is expected to pick up an Oscar nomination for her performance as a mute cleaning lady who's captivated by a fish-man hybrid held in the high-security lab where she works. A touching romance that's far from the Hollywood norm unfolds, and like many of this year's awards hopefuls, it's not hard to read between the lines to infer a timely message, one of tolerance and acceptance.14th February

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Molly's Game

If you haven't already caught Molly's Game, the directorial debut from West Wing screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, may we kindly recommend that you do so, ASAP? Flawlessly delivering Sorkin's trademark mile-a-minute dialogue, Jessica Chastain gives an electrifying, can't-take-your-eyes-off-the-screen performance as Molly Bloom, the former Olympic skier who became the host of an underground Hollywood poker game which eventually counted A-listers and billionaires among its players. Out now

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan stars as the ill-fated Mary Stuart, the Scottish queen who became embroiled in intrigue when she made a play for the British throne, in this first screen effort from Josie Rourke, the departing Donmar Warehouse creative director. It also marks Margot Robbie's second film make-under of the year, decked out in ashy white make-up and a flaming red wig to play Elizabeth I, Mary's cousin and rival. The likes of David Tennant, Guy Pearce and Joe Alwyn also star.November

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From the director of Ex Machina, Alex Garland, comes Annihilation, a sci-fi-horror-thriller mash-up that promises to be just as cerebral and troubling as its predecessor. Based on the novel by US writer Jeff VanderMeer, it'll star Natalie Portman as a biologist who joins an all-female expeditionary group (featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson) venturing into an environmental disaster zone. If new reports prove correct, it's set to sidestep a cinema release in the UK, instead dropping onto our Netflix dashboards this spring. Spring

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A pitch-black tragicomedy from the writer of In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri sees Frances McDormand as a grieving mother burning with righteous anger: after local police are no closer to catching her daughter's killer one year on from the murder, she rents a trio of billboards in an attempt to shame them out of their stupor. While the film has already proved critically divisive (with its problems centring around the racist cop played by Sam Rockwell), McDormand's blistering foul-mouthed performance is certainly worth your attention.Out now

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Lady Bird

As far as concepts go, Greta Gerwig directing Saoirse Ronan in a coming-of-age story set in early Noughties California might sound too good to be true, but that's Lady Bird's exact premise. Having already proved a major hit with US cinemagoers and critics (landing – for a time – the coveted 100 percent rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes), it'll finally arrive on UK screens in the thick of awards season in February. Manchester By The Sea's Lucas Hedges and Call Me By Your Name's Timothée Chalamet pop up as the self-nicknamed 'Lady Bird's love interests, while Laurie Metcalf is generating Oscar buzz with her nuanced performance as the title character's mother.16th February

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