Gal Gadot

Last updated on 15 July 2017

Gal Gadot-Varsano[3] (Hebrew: גל גדות‎‎; Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot];[4][5] born April 30, 1985)[6] is an Israeli actress and model. Gadot is primarily known for her role as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), continuing as the lead in Wonder Woman (2017).[7][8] She previously appeared as Gisele Yashar in several films of The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Gadot was born and raised in Israel. At age 18 she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces where she was a combat trainer. She began studying at IDC Herzliya college before pursuing modeling and acting.

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Early life

Gal Gadot was born in Petah Tikva, Israel,[1] and raised in its neighbouring city Rosh HaAyin.[9] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks".[10] Her parents are Irit (née Weiss), a teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer. Both her parents were born in Israel, and they had Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein".[4][11] Gadot's maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.[12][13] Her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.[14] She has one younger sister named Dana. Her high school major was biology. She says that in high school she was successful at basketball because of her height.[2] As a teenager, her first jobs were babysitting and at Burger King.[15] As an adult, Gadot started studying law and political science twice at the IDC Herzliya college.[2][16]

Military service

At the age of 20, Gadot served for two years as an enlisted soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, serving as a combat trainer.[17] She says of her time in the army: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect."[18] Gadot says that her background helped her to win the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious: "I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[19]

Career

Modeling

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Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Justice League

Gadot has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand.[20] She has featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cleo, Fashion, Lucire, FHM. Gadot has been the main model for fashion brand Castro in 2008–2016.[21] In 2013, her combined annual modelling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million, which was ahead of a number of other famous Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg and Shlomit Malka, although significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[22]

At the age of 18 Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant,[23] and next competed in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. She carried out her two-year military service from the age of 20, then studied law. When she had completed her first year of school a casting director called her to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace.[24] Although the part eluded her, the same casting director later hired Gadot for the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious, films in which she went on to perform her own stunts.[25]

In 2007, 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot, "Women of the Israeli Army", and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[26] In 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine.[27]

Acting

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Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

In 2008, Gadot starred in the Israeli drama Bubot. She appeared as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast & the Furious franchise, having won the role over six other actresses.[28][29] In 2010, she had small roles in the action-comedy Date Night and the action-adventure Knight and Day.[30] 2011 brought her back to The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five. In 2013, Gadot played Gisele again in Fast & Furious 6.

Gadot played Wonder Woman in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[31] Gadot's performance as the superhero, which is the first time for the character on film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the film.[32]

Also in 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she starred along with Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul.[33] Later that year, she co-starred in the thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character,[34] alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.[35] Her final film of 2016 was the comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm.[36]

In 2017, Gadot starred in a solo film for her character, Wonder Woman. She will reprise the role in the ensemble Justice League film which is scheduled for a November 17, 2017 release, which would be her third DC Extended Universe installment.[37][38][39] In 2017 Gadot was also invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[40]

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron Versano on September 28, 2008.[41] They have two daughters.[42][43][44] Until 2015, the couple used to own a luxury hotel in Tel Aviv, which Gal Gadot says she helped to run, including changing the bedsheets in the rooms herself.[45] They sold their hotel to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.[46] Gadot has a passion for motorcycles and owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R.[47]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar
2010 Date Night Natanya
Knight and Day Naomi
2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Gisele Yashar
2014 Kicking Out Shoshana Mirit Ben Harush Israeli film
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar Credited and appears in a deleted scene[48]
2016 Triple 9 Elena Vlaslov
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Supporting role
Criminal Jill Pope
Keeping Up with the Joneses Natalie Jones
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Main character
Justice League Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam Israeli series
2009 Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia 3 episodes
2011 Asfur Kika Israeli series: Season 2
2012 Kathmandu Yamit Bareli Israeli series
2012 Eretz Nehederet Herself Israeli show

Pageants

Year Title Status Notes
2004 Miss Israel 2004 Herself Winner
2004 Miss Universe 2004 Miss Israel Participant

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated [49]
Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Nominated [49]
Fast & Furious, Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman Chinese American Film Festival Most Popular US Actress in China Won [50]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress in an Action Movie Nominated [51]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Female Action Hero Nominated [52]
2017 Wonder Woman Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Action Actress Pending [53]
Keeping Up with the Joneses Choice Movie: Comedy Actress Pending [53]

See also

References

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Preceded by
Sivan Klein
Miss Israel
2004
Succeeded by
Elena Ralph

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