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Gal Gadot
Actor • Producer
Born: April 30, 1985 in Israel
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Best known to play the roles of `Gisele Yashar` in the Fast & Furious film series and the superhero character, `Wonder Woman,` Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model who works in Hollywood films. Before venturing into films, the actress was a popular model and participated in various beauty pageants. After winning the Miss Israeli pageant, she represented Israel at the Miss World beauty contest. Some of her most popular films include Fast & Furious (2009), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) and Zack Snyder`s Justice League (2021).

Early Life
Born in Rosh HaAyin, Israel, Gadot is the daughter of Irit Weiss and Micahel Gadot. The actress` mother worked as a teacher, whilst her father was an engineer. The actress, who has a Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish lineage, hails from a family where her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Gadot`s parents Hebraized their surname from Greenstein to Gadot.

The actress completed her high school with a major in biology and later she studied law at The Reichman. While she was at school, owing to her tall frame, she played on the school basketball team. When she was 18, the beautiful actress aspired to be a fashion model and she participated in several beauty pageants. In 2004, Gadot won the Miss Israel competition and she later, in the year, competed in the Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador.

After her tryst with modeling, when she turned 20, she joined the Israeli Army as it is mandatory to serve in the military for every Israeli citizen. The actress served in the army for two years as an enlisted soldier and she excelled through the three-month grueling boot camp. Speaking of her time in the army, Gadot said, "You give two or three years, and it is not about you. You give your freedom away for a while. You learn discipline and respect. The things I have been through as a soldier prepared me to deal with career things as well."

After completing her military services, the actress went to study law but she dropped out of college in the first year as a casting director called her to audition for the role Bond girl, Camile Montes in the Quantum of Solace. However, the actress lost the role to Olga Kurylenko and the same casting director later hired Gadot to play the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious.

Personal Life
In September 2008, Gal Gadot married Yaron Varsano, an Israeli real estate developer. The couple has a daughter named Alma, who was born in 2011. On November 6, 2016, Gadot announced that she is expecting their second child.

Movie Career
After failing to get a role in the bond film, Quantum of Solace, the actress made her debut in 2009 with the American action film, Fast & Furious. The film directed by Justin Lin was the fourth installment in The Fast and the Furious film series. The film featuring an ensemble cast, including Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez, received mostly negative reviews from the critics, but turned out to be a commercial hit; it grossed 363 million USD worldwide.

In her first release of 2010, the actress appeared in a small role in the American comedy film, Date Night directed by Shawn Levy. The film starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Mark Wahlberg got mixed to positive reviews from the critics with Roger Ebert stating, "if you don`t start out liking the Fosters and hoping they have a really nice date night, not much else is going to work." The film grossed 27.1 million USD in its opening weekend and went on to win the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie - Comedy. Her other film of the year was the American action film, Knight and Day where she played a small role of Naomi, a henchwoman of an arms dealer. The film featuring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Peter Sarsgaard in the lead roles received mixed reviews from the critics but emerged to be a box office hit with the box office collection totaling to 261 million USD. The film was later officially remade in Bollywood as Bang Bang! with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles.

After appearing in smaller roles in both her films in 2010, the actress reprised the role of Gisele in the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious series titled Fast Five. The film included the original cast of the series apart from Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang and Matt Schulze. The film received wide positive reviews from the critics and emerged to be one of the highest-grossing films of that year. Two years later, the actress featured in Fast & Furious 6 directed by Justin Lin. The film received positive reviews from the critics and grossed 788 million USD worldwide.

In her solitary release of 2014, Gadot made her debut in an Israeli film titled Kicking Out Shoshana, which was directed by Shay Kanot. The film featuring Oshri Cohen, Mariano Idelman and Eli Finish in the lead roles was based on the life of an Israeli professional football player who is forced by a mafia boss to pretend to be a homosexual. The film received positive critical reviews and was an average earner at the box office.

With no releases to her name in 2015, the actress starred in the American crime thriller film, Triple 9 directed by John Hillcoat. The film featuring an ensemble cast including Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins, Jr., Kate Winslet and Teresa Palmer got mixed reviews. In her next release of the year, Gadot played the role of Diana Price/Wonder Woman in the American superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was based on the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. Her other release of the year includes Criminal and Keeping Up With the Joneses, an action comedy film directed by Greg Mottola.

TV Career
Gal Gadot started her acting career by appearing on an Israeli TV series, Bubot where she played the role of Miriam `Merry` Elkayam. She next featured in a single episode (titled `Amongst Friends`) of Entourage, an American comedy-drama series, which was aired on HBO. The show known for having several famous guests including actors, athletes and other celebrities was created by Doug Ellin. In the same year, Gadot appeared in three episodes of The Beautiful Life: TBL, which ran on The CW. The actress has also appeared in two other Israeli series, Asfur and Kathmandu.
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Family
Yaron Versano
Spouse
Alma Versano
Daughter
Maya Versano
Daughter
Irit Gadot
Mother
Michael Gadot
Father
Popular Movies
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Red Notice
Death on the Nile
Wonder Woman 2-Film Bundle
Justice League 3-Film Collection
Zack Snyder`s Justice League
Irena Sendler
Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984 (Cinepolis Promotion Show)
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Criminal

Did You Know? (12)

  • Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) voice the Lego version of their DC superhero characters in The Lego Movie 2 (2019).
  • While serving the mandatory two years’ service in the Israeli military, Gal Gadot worked as a physical fitness specialist and she taught the recruits gymnastics and calisthenics.
  • Gal Gadot's name has a strong maritime meaning, in Hebrew, Gal mean waves and Gadot means riverbank.
  • In 2012, Shalom Life, a Jewish website ranked Gal Gadot number five in the top 50 most intelligent, talented, funny and beautiful Jewish women in the world.
  • Gal Gadot is one of the few actresses in Hollywood who performs all their stunts on their woman. As a matter of fact, Justin Lin, the director of Fast & Furious cast Gadot in the film because of her knowledge of the arms and weapons as well as her enthusiasm to perform stunts.
  • Gal Gadot and her husband, Yaron Varsano owned a luxury hotel in Neve Tzedke district of Tel Aviv, which they eventually sold to the Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich in 2015 for 26 million USD.
  • Jessica Biel was offered the role of Wonder Woman in Justice League but she declined it. Eventually, Gal Gadot was cast for the role.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead had auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman in Justice League. The role was eventually given to Gal Gadot.
  • Gal Gadot's grandfather survived the Holocaust and was imprisoned at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • As a teenager, Gal Gadot worked as a babysitter and at Burger King.
  • Gal Gadot had auditioned for the role of the Bond girl Camille Montes for the film Quantum of Solace (2004). The role was eventually bagged by Olga Kurylenko.
  • Gal Gadot is the first non-American actor to play the role of Wonder Woman.
  • Personal Quotes (13)

  • "I try to eat healthy. But sometimes though I eat cheeseburgers. That is good for the soul but I make sure to balance everything out. I drink tons of water."
  • "I just keep active – everything that is challenging me, everything that I feel like doing."
  • "I wanted to show that women are empowered and strong, and don’t have to be saved by some male hero, but they can take care of themselves using their intelligence and their power."
  • "I am a goofy girl. I like to laugh and I like to make other people laugh."
  • "I am a person who loves people. It is all about the vibe of the environment I am working in."
  • "When you play a character, you bring yourself into the character. You get a chance to shine and show your translation for the character and her state of mind."
  • "I am very much in favor of women’s right, being a woman myself, and I support intelligent, successful and independent working women."
  • "There aren’t enough good roles for strong women. I wish we had more female writer. Most of the female characters you see in film today are the ‘poor heartbroken girl.’"
  • "I am genuine person – I will never promote something I don’t believe in."
  • "At the end of the day, Wonder Woman is a peace seeker. But when fight arrives, she can fight. She's a warrior, and she enjoys the adrenaline of the fight. "
  • "In real life, I'm the type of girl who doesn't take herself too seriously. I'm very serious when it comes to work, but I like to make jokes and have a good laugh and make fun of myself. "
  • "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. "
  • "If things had gone according to my plans, I'd be a lawyer. I never dreamt of being an actress. "
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