Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot
גל גדות
Gal Gadot in 2018
Born (1985-04-30) April 30, 1985 (age 38)
Occupation(s)Celebrity, Model
Years active2004 - present
Jaron Varsano (m. 2008)
ChildrenAlma, Maya, Daniella

Gal Gadot (aka Gal Gadot-Varsano; /ˈɡɑːl ɡɑːˈdɒt/ GAH-l GAH-do-T;[1] Hebrew: גל גדות; born 30 April 1985)[2] is an Israeli actress and model. Gadot won Miss Israel 2004, before serving in the Israel Defence Forces. She played Gisele Yashar in the 2009 movie Fast and Furious. Gadot also played Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.[3] She appeared in the solo movie Wonder Woman (2017) and again as Wonder Woman in Justice League (2017).

In 2013, she was ranked as the second highest earning fashion model in Israel.[4] She is the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume.[5]

In 2019, Gadot formed her production company Pilot Wave, alongside her husband Yaron Varsano. Since the formation of the company, a number of projects have been announced, including a number of biographical films about important female historical figures, including Irena Sendler, Hedy Lamarr and Cleopatra.

Early life[change | change source]

Gadot was born in Petah Tikva, Israel to Jewish parents[6] and grew up in Rosh HaAyin, Israel.[7] Her family changed their last name from Greenstein to Gadot, a common practice in Israel. For many diaspora Jews who migrated to Israel, taking a Hebrew surname was a way to erase remnants of their diaspora experience and to assimilate into a new shared Jewish identity. In Hebrew, her first name means "wave". Her last name means "riverbanks".[8] Her parents were born in Israel. Her father Michael Gadot is an engineer. Her mother Irit (née Weiss) is a teacher. Gadot's maternal grandfather Abraham Weiss was a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia. She is descended from Ashkenazi Jews, with ancestry from the Levant and Southern Europe. As a child, Gadot required speech therapy due to a speech disorder. She was a skilled ballet, hip-hop and modern jazz dancer growing up, as well as a volleyball and tennis player. She was a member of her high school's basketball team. Gadot's first job was at Burger King.

Military service[change | change source]

From the age of 20, Gadot served for two years as a soldier of the Israel Defense Forces. She did well in the three-month training.[9] Gadot says of her time in the army, "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You give your freedom away for a while. You learn discipline and respect".[9][10]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar
2010 Date Night Natanya
2010 Knight and Day Naomi
2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Gisele Yashar
2014 Kicking Out Shoshana Mirit Ben Harush
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar
2016 Triple 9 Elena Vlaslov
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2016 Criminal Jill Pope
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Natalie Jones
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2017 Justice League Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Shank Voice
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Gal Gadot
2020 Wonder Woman 1984 Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2021 Red Notice The Bishop
2022 Death on the Nile Linnet Ridgeway
2023 Shazam! Fury of the Gods Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
2023 Fast X Gisele Cameo
2023 Heart of Stone Rachel Stone

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam Series
2009 Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia 3 episodes
2011 Asfur Kika Series
2012 Kathmandu Yamit Bareli Series
2012 Eretz Nehederet Herself Series
2017 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host Episode: "Gal Gadot/Sam Smith"

References[change | change source]

  1. Jimmy Kimmel Live (16 March 2016). "Gal Gadot Asks Jimmy Kimmel About Her Breasts". Retrieved 2 August 2016 – via YouTube.
  2. "Gal Gadot". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. "Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman: Comics world reacts on Twitter". 5 December 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. הדוגמניות המרוויחות ביותר בישראל Archived 2015-06-09 at the Wayback Machine Forbes Israel, June 2013
  5. Romeyn, Kathryn (9 July 2015). "Wonder Woman Gal Gadot is the Face of Gucci's New Fragrance". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. "Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot". Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  7. "Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot". Archived from the original on 7 January 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. Halutz, Avshalom (6 December 2013). "Who Is Gal Gadot, Hollywood's Next Wonder Woman?" – via Haaretz.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Gal Gadot Is Wonder Woman: "She Is Not Relying on a Man, and She's Not There Because of a Love Story" By
  10. "סופר־גירל". ynet (in Hebrew). 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-08-02.

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