Gal Gadot is a 32-year-old actress who stars in Wonder Woman, playing, well, Wonder Woman. In case you hadn't heard about it. You know, like if you were living in an alternate dimension where no one is talking about Wonder Woman. She also appeared in the Fast & Furious movies, which is awesome, of course, but kind of on the back burner ever since she became one of the biggest super heroes basically ever.
So what was Gadot up to before she became Wonder Woman? (Besides being in Fast & Furious, of course.) Well, for one thing, she was playing on her high school basketball team, because she's 5'10". This gig was obviously just one step down from her appearances in the DC films.
Another thing that she was doing was appearing in FHM magazine, in 2009. That means she was just 24-years-old when she graced the cover of the magazine. What would she have said if someone told her that eight years later she would be Wonder Woman?
FHM stands for For Him Magazine, and was first published in 1985 in Britain. Now the magazine is being published in over 27 countries. Gadot appeared on the Australia edition of the magazine with this shot.
Gadot also once auditioned to be a Bond girl, getting turned down for Quantum of Solace. Those casting agents are probably looking back on their choice and second guessing themselves. Sorry, guys, it's too late. She's moved on to bigger and better things.
In 2004, Gadot won the Miss Israel pageant. Which means she also went on to the Miss Universe pageant, held in Ecuador. "I got in and I never thought I would win. And then I won and then it scared me," Gadot said of her experience.
So there you have it: Gadot appeared in FHM and strutted her stuff before making it big. But did you know that Gadot is basically Wonder Woman in real life? She served in the Israel Defense Forces when she was 20-years-old.
"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 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," Gadot said about her heritage. Serving in the IDF is mandatory for all Israeli men and women above 18-years-old.
For the Wonder Woman film, Gadot trained heavily to get in shape for the role and learn the combat techniques. "I was training for six months prior to the shoot. And six hours a day. I did two hours of gym work, two hours of fight choreography, and two hours of horseback riding. Which is super hard. When people used to tell me, ‘Yeah I do sports I ride horses,’ I was like, ‘That’s not sport. The horse does everything.’ No! No! You’d be surprised — it’s so painful," she explained her routine. But apparently, that was nothing compared to the army.
Apparently, being in the military was "a lot more intense" than those six hours a day of training. While in the army, she taught gymnastics and calisthenics to her soldiers. She said they "loved me because I made them fit." Is there anything she can't do?
When Gadot was filming reshoots for Wonder Woman, she was five months pregnant with her second child. "On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman,” Gadot said. “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Not surprisingly, Gadot also had her modeling days, just like she showed off in her appearance on FHM. She was signed for IMG Models, and you can see some of her shots here. Warning: You might make you want to go take some extra glamorous shots of your own, if you can manage to be this cool.
Not everyone was happy with the Gadot becoming Wonder Woman. "They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small... They said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick. I can take anything. It's just empty talk. I can understand that part of what I'm doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire," said Gadot. Well, haters gonna hate, because the rest of the world loves her.
"There aren't enough good roles for strong women," Gadot says, first speaking about her character in the Fast & Furious films. We're pretty sure she'd agree Wonder Woman also fits into the category of "strong women." "I wish we had more female writers. Most of the female characters you see in films today are "the poor heartbroken girl."
"When I auditioned for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), I didn't know it was for Wonder Woman. The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy Number One, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!" said Gadot of her audition. Well, Gadot is a role model for many girls out there.