Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot really throws herself into her film roles and that can be no less true for her portrayal of Diana Prince in the soon to be released DC Entertainment film. As Gal now reveals, even promoting her films can be a strenuous and perilous activity. In making a recent television appearance to promote Wonder Woman, Ms. Gadot had to request a standing interview, because she has recently thrown out her back and was still having trouble sitting at the time of the talk show.
Gal Gadot May Have Thrown Her Back Out, But She’s Still Wonder Woman
People reported that Wonder Woman fans suspected something was amiss early on, when Gal switched out her traditional high heels for a pair of flats. The style change was noticeable enough at press tour stops in New York City and Los Angeles that Ms. Gadot felt compelled to address the issue, saying only that her shoe choice was based on wearing something more comfortable.
As it turns out, that was only partly true and the rest of the story would later be revealed by the Wonder Woman actress herself. Ms. Gadot was scheduled for a guest spot on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday, which forced her to come clean about her latest injury.
“I threw my back out once again. It’s the worst timing ever,” said Gal.
Gadot’s purpose for telling hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest about the injury wasn’t for the attention, but because she wanted to ask the hosts to allow her to conduct the interview, while standing.
Kelly Ripa did Gal one better, offering the Wonder Woman star either some muscle relaxers or a massage. Gal was delighted with the offer of a massage.
During the interview, Gal revealed that she spent 6 months training for her Wonder Woman role. Aside from gym workouts, Gadot also had to take horse riding lessons, something that taught her a lesson in humility as well.
“When people used to tell me, ‘Yeah I do sports I ride horses,’ I was like, ‘That’s not sport. The horse does everything.’ No! No! You’d be surprised — it’s sooo painful.”
Gal Gadot Details Her Wonder Woman Training Regiment
Many fans often wonder what it takes to become a superhero and, as News.com.au shared, Gal Gadot is only too happy to reveal what her own Wonder Woman training experience was like. Though for an Israeli citizen, Gal was previously required to serve in her country’s militia, so she was already familiar with firearms and with combat training, but that doesn’t mean she was prepared for the rigors of a superhero’s regiment.
To begin, film fighting is very different from real combat, because everything is choreographed. Gadot said her Wonder Woman fight scenes reminded her more of the dance lessons she took throughout her childhood than anything she learned in the army.
When asked which part of her training made her feel more like Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot says it was nothing related to the actual film. The mother of 6-year-old Alma and 9-week-old Maya said giving birth was the closest she has ever come to becoming Wonder Woman.
“It’s cheesy, but I feel like Wonder Woman when I give birth. When you deliver, you feel like you’re a god. Like, ‘Oh my God, I made this!'” laughs Gal Gadot. “The best thing is to become a mother and to give life.”
Gal also shared that she feels as though Wonder Woman is an ideal for all women to strive for, because the DC superhero is strong without being cold or a “ball buster” towards others. The character balances her strength with compassion and warmth, while also seeking to learn more about the world of man.
“She’s the greatest warrior but she’s also naive and curious,” said Ms. Gadot of her Wonder Woman character. “What makes her interesting is that she’s not perfect.”
Wonder Woman debuts in theaters on June 2.
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