We all know her as Wonder Woman, but before playing this iconic role, Gal Gadot did a whole lot of other stuff. She has had an eventful life that saw her doing everything from taking part in a pageant to being in the Israeli army to putting on 17 pounds!
Let’s take a look at her journey, and at several things you probably never knew about her!
Gadot was born in Israel on April 30, 1985. Her mother was a teacher, her father was an engineer and her grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust. Gadot was athletic as a child and was inclined towards dance. In school, she studied ballet, hip-hop, modern and jazz. In fact, as a child, she wanted to become a choreographer.
2. Miss Israel to Miss Universe!
In 2004, Gadot was scouted by a talent agent and won the Miss Israel competition that year. She later said she was surprised she won, since she didn’t really want to and did not try hard for it. Gadot was then placed in the Miss Universe pageant, which she intentionally sabotaged to get out of winning.
3. Law School
Gadot studied Law in school, and then served in the Israel Defence Forces for two years as a combat instructor. Even during this time, her access to the pageant world meant she continued to model, and was featured in the 2007 Maxim’s Women of the Israeli Army feature.
4. Israeli Television
Gadot then joined a short-lived Israeli series which can roughly be translated to Babes and Bond. The show only lasted for one season, but it gave Gadot the necessary exposure to the cameras that she would require later on.
5. Fast and Furious
She dropped out of school after the first year and appeared in her first movie, Fast and Furious. During this time, she also appeared in a men’s magazine, FHM.
6. Marriage and Motherhood
Around the same time, Gadot met Yaron Varsano who would later become the man she married. Varsano, who is 10 years older than Gadot, proposed to her two years later, and they were married in 2008. They now have 2 daughters.
7. Minor Movie Roles
Gadot then appeared in a series of smaller roles. She was a henchwoman in Knight and Day opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
She also appeared in Date Night as Natania, one of the many main love interests. She was seen as Lisa in an episode of Entourage, as a supermodel.
8. Weight Gain for Diana Prince
Gadot then took on the role of Diana Prince, which led to an intense body transformation for the Israeli model. She put on 17 pounds through a mixture of different workouts.
9. Batman v Superman
Gadot appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and her performance was a showstopper considered equal to the actual stars of the film.
Her role led to a standalone Wonder Woman movie, which broke records by making over $101 million on its opening weekend. It became the biggest opener for a film with a female director.
Gadot has now signed on for at least two more DC films, and fans are excited to see her return as Wonder Woman and take the superhero world by storm!
What a journey!