Gal Gadot gave a new interview addressing the backlash she received when superhero fans learned that Gal had been chosen to play Wonder Woman. But Gadot is making it clear that despite the criticism, she’s enthusiastic about the opportunity, reported Interview magazine.
The movie has gained attention for many reasons, but especially due to the controversy over whether Gal is sufficiently muscular to play Wonder Woman.
Gadot, 30, revealed in her interview that she feels qualified for the challenge. She spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces and has acted in a variety of action-packed films, including Criminal with Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds, Triple Nine starring Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Keeping up With the Joneses starring Jon Hamm.
But the former supermodel and Miss Israel title winner also revealed in her interview that as a devoted mother with a 3-year-old daughter, she hopes she can inspire as Wonder Woman.
“Oh, my God, I’m so excited about this role. I feel like I’ve been given a huge opportunity to inspire people, not only women. And not because of me but because of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for. There’s a lot of responsibility. But I have the best team and the best people to work with. It’s going to be an amazing ride, knock on wood.”
In addition, added Gal, she recognizes that she has the opportunity to shine in her superhero role.
“Whatever I do, I take it very seriously and I do my research and I give it my best. I just want to be able to shine and inspire people. And it’s not just about me. It’s the script and the story and the acting. I hope people are going to love it,” Gadot added.
When asked during the interview about her level of fitness for Wonder Woman, Gal shared that she’s a sportswoman.
“My mom is a gymnastics teacher. So growing up I was never sitting watching TV in the afternoons. I always played ball outside in the backyard. I was a dancer for 12 years. I did tennis, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, you name it. I was such a tomboy. I loved sports. Now, as a parent, I feel it’s so important that we get our children into an active routine,” added the actress.
In addition, Gadot worked as a trainer during her time in the army.
“I was a gym trainer on one of the bases in Israel. So my boot camp was longer than other boot camps. It was four months and all about sports, waking up at 6:30 a.m. and going for a run, doing push-ups.”
For Gal, the controversy has been raging for months. Gadot first found herself the subject of dissension when she was unveiled wearing her Wonder Woman costume at San Diego Comic Con International, reported Movie Pilot.
Some longed for a Wonder Woman resembling Lynda Carter in her iconic TV show, while others argued for an Amazon warrior superhero look.
And then there were the questions about whether Gal herself was too slim to take on the challenge.
Gadot may want to huddle up with another superheroine set to soar. As the Inquisitr reported, Supergirl has been picked up by CBS featuring Glee actress Melissa Benoist.
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