‘Wonder Woman’ Star Gal Gadot Says She Loves That Her Character Has An Attitude

Gal Gadot proved to be the surprising breakout star of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, even with critics and DC fans sharing poor reviews of the film all over the internet, it seems no one can say enough nice things about Gal’s Wonder Woman.

While most people involved with the film are trying to look forward to the first Justice League film now, Ms. Gadot is busy with her first Wonder Woman solo film. The Batman v Superman star is also happily consenting to interviews, knowing that she has a massive new fanbase that wants more from the actress responsible for bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen for the first time in 75 years.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Actress Gal Gadot Makes Wonder Woman Live And Breathe…And Kick Butt

Gal says that throughout her experiences as Wonder Woman, and even more so now, she has felt like the most fortunate woman alive because she’s been able to bring Wonder Woman to life for the millions of fans who adore her. Even in the beginning, Gadot says she understood the importance of telling the story of Wonder Woman as a strong female superhero, but to also keep her story interesting. Ms. Gadot adds that she didn’t want Wonder Woman to be too nice, or too likable.

“For me, it was important Wonder Woman wouldn’t be a Goody Two-Shoes. She has a little bit of attitude, and when she fights, she has a smirk on her face,” the Batman v Superman actress said. “I didn’t want her to be polished. I want people to relate to her.”

Gal says playing Wonder Woman has the added benefit of being a real hero to her impressionable daughter, 4-year-old Alma. In the beginning, Alma saw Gal wearing the Wonder Woman tiara and thought she was a real queen, which would have naturally made her a princess. Ms. Gadot says that she and her husband, real estate developer Yaron Varsano, had to explain to young Alma that they were just playing make believe.

Gal Says Training For Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Was Almost As Grueling As Training For The Israeli Defense Forces

In previous interviews, Gal revealed that Israeli citizens are required to serve in the military and that she had served in the service for a three year term, before turning her sights toward acting. Gadot now reveals that the training she endured for that service helped to prepare her for her role as Wonder Woman, because the training for Batman v Superman was very similar to Gal’s past military service.

“They were both super-intensive and super demanding,” the Wonder Woman actress says. “I trained five times a week, doing a lot of gym work, weights and martial arts. I was taught to fight with a sword and shield and to ride horses.”

Gal says she has no time to rest and let herself go now, because she’s already filming her first solo Wonder Woman film. Gadot adds that she loves her new look and the feelings of strength and agility with which the intensive workouts have left her.

“I look back at photos of me from five years ago and I think I was too skinny,” says Gal. “It just wasn’t cool at all.”

Gal has nothing but positive things to say about working with Ben Affleck, and she makes sure to credit him for being able to push her to her limits as an actress. Gadot says her Batman v Superman co-star was even able to get more out of her than she’d thought possible. Still, the Wonder Woman performer says the actors had a good sense of humor, and everyone got along well off camera.

“I remember stepping on set and joking to Henry and Ben, ‘Just another day at the office, huh?'”

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