14 Things You Didn’t Know About Gal Gadot

She’s taken the world by storm as Won­der Woman, which looks to bring in $200M on its open­ing week­end. Here are some fun facts about this fab­u­lous Is­raeli ac­tress

The Jewish Voice - - ARTS AND CULTURE - By: Nicky Black­burn

.In He­brew, Gal Gadot’s first name means “wave” and her sur­name means “river­banks.”

2. Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, and her ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents were Holo­caust sur­vivors.

3. At the age of 18, Gadot won the Miss Is­rael beauty pageant. She then went on to com­pete in Miss Uni­verse in 2004, but was so re­luc­tant to win that she turned up late for events, wore the wrong kind of even­ing wear, and even pre­tended that she couldn’t speak English.

4. Gadot car­ried out two years of ser­vice as a com­bat in­struc­tor in the Is­rael De­fense Forces. It was her mil­i­tary back­ground and knowl­edge of weapons that helped her get her break­out role as Gisele in “Fast & Fu­ri­ous.” In 2009, Justin Lin, the di­rec­tor of “Fast & Fu­ri­ous,” thought her fi ht­ing spirit was so ob­vi­ous that he added to her char­ac­ter’s back story by mak­ing her a Mos­sad agent.

5. Af­ter the army, Gadot went on to study law and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. A cast­ing di­rec­tor called her to au­di­tion for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in “Quan­tum of So­lace,” but ini­tially Gadot wasn’t in­ter­ested be­cause she thought she was too se­ri­ous to act in movies. She didn’t get the role, but the same cast­ing di­rec­tor hired her for “Fast & Fu­ri­ous.”

6. Gadot, who rides a black 2006 Ducati Mon­ster-S2R mo­tor­bike, per­formed her own stunts in the “Fast & Fu­ri­ous” films.

7. When Gadot au­di­tioned for the role of Won­der Woman, she had no idea what the job was, and only found out two weeks later, when she was told she had the role.

8. Be­fore the au­di­tions, Gadot was one of a few ac­tresses wait­ing for a cam­era test. She was told to wait in her trailer un­til she was called. The wait­ing was mak­ing her anx­ious, so she lis­tened to Bey­oncé’s song, “Who

run the world? Girls!” “I just started to dance, and I let my anx­i­ety go. Th nk you, Bey­oncé!” she said in an in­ter­view in W Magazine ear­lier this year.

9. To train for the role of Won­der Woman, Gadot re­ceived lessons in swords­man­ship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira and Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu.

10. Gadot’s fi st out­ing as Won­der Woman came in the movie “Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice,” in 2016. The film was widely panned by the crit­ics, but al­most all agreed that Gadot was the best part of the film

11. Gadot’s film “Won­der Woman” is the first su­per­hero movie in over a decade to fea­ture a fe­male in the ti­tle role.

12. Dur­ing reshoots of the film, Gadot was five months preg­nant, and the di­rec­tor had to green-screen out her baby bump.

13. Ahead of the Is­raeli pre­miere of the film on June 1, the Azrieli Cen­ter in Tel Aviv was lit up to honor Gadot. The tow­ers were il­lu­mi­nated with the mes­sage: “We are proud of you, Gal Gadot, our Won­der Woman.”

14. Is­raeli ad­ver­tis­ing tech startup Taykey, which tracks In­ter­net chat­ter, says that men­tions of Gadot on­line are 95 per­cent pos­i­tive, mak­ing her “un­ri­valed as the most loved Is­raeli in the world.” On the IMDB’s rank­ing of most pop­u­lar in­dus­try peo­ple born in Is­rael, she also cur­rently out­ranks the Os­car win­ner Natalie Port­man, who was born in Jerusalem.

“We are proud of you, Gal Gadot, our Won­der Woman.” A mes­sage lights up Tel Aviv’s Azrieli Cen­ter. Photo cour­tesy

Is­raeli ac­tor, Gal Gadot as Won­der Woman. Photo cour­tesy

Gal Gadot at the Los An­ge­les pre­miere of Won­der Woman. Photo via Shutterstock.com

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