The superhero movie genre may have exploded in recent years but June, 2017 brought us something superhero fans had been waiting for for decades — a stand alone Wonder Woman film. Unsurprisingly, the movie has done phenomenal and at the forefront is stand-out star Gal Gadot, who was only seen briefly in the role in Batman v. Superman. Now, headlines are buzzing about the stunning and talented and actress, so we dug up everything you need to know about the new and fantastic, Wonder Woman. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Gal Gadot:
Before she was Wonder Woman or even an actress, Gal Gadot was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 at only 18 years old. Gadot revealed it was because of her mother she even got involved in the pageant, but never thought she would win. “I was 18, I just graduated high school, and I had some time in between going to the army. My mom figured ‘Hey, why don’t I send your photo, you finished school and this like a proper pageant.’ I got in and I never thought I would win and then I won and then it scared me.” Gadot has also now revealed that the beauty pageant world was not for her so, although she had to go to Miss Universe to represent Israel, she intentionally sabotaged herself to ensure she didn’t place. “I was shocked when they crowned me; when I went to Miss Universe, I rebelled. I was afraid I might get picked again. I showed up late. I came without gowns. They tell you to come to breakfast in a gown. I was like, ‘No way am I having breakfast in a gown!’ Who needs to wear an evening gown at 10:30 A.M.?”
Gal Gadot was born in Petah, Tikva in Israel to Irit and Michael Gadot and was raised in the nearby city of Rosh HaAyin. The name Gal Gadot translates into Wave Riverbanks, and her parents later welcomed another daughter, Dana. Growing up, Gadot had no interest in acting but did well in school, particularly biology, and excelled in sports, especially basketball because of her height.
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