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Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot Varsano[1][3][4] (Hebrew: גל גדות‎, [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot];[5] born 30 April 1985)[6] is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor, and she began studying law and international relations at IDC Herzliya college while building up her modeling and acting careers.[7][2][8]

Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to earn worldwide fame for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), followed by the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble Justice League (both 2017).[9][10] In 2018, Gadot was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she was listed among the highest-paid actresses in the world.[11][12]

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot[1]

(1985-04-30)30 April 1985
Petah Tikva, Israel
Alma materIDC Herzliya
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2004–present
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
TitleMiss Israel 2004
Yaron Varsano (m. 2008)
Websitegalgadot.com [105]

Early life

Gal Gadot was born in Petah Tikva, Israel,[1] and raised in its neighbouring city of Rosh HaAyin.[13] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks".[14] Her parents are Irit (née Weiss), a teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer.[15] Both her parents were born in Israel, and they Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein" to "Gadot" prior to her birth.[16][17] Her father is a sixth-generation Israeli.[18] Her maternal grandparents were born in Europe; her grandfather, who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp, survived the Holocaust, and her grandmother left before the Nazi invasion.[18][19][20] Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a "very Jewish, Israeli family environment".[15] Her ancestry is Polish-Jewish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, and Czech-Jewish.[2] She has one younger sister.[21]

Her high school major was biology. She says that in high school she was good at basketball because of her height.[2] As a teenager, her first jobs were babysitting and working at Burger King.[22] As an adult, Gadot studied law and international relations at the IDC Herzliya college.[2][8]

Gadot completed her two mandatory years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, enlisted as a combat instructor.[23] She said of her time in the Israeli military: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect."[24] Gadot says that her background helped her to win the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious: "I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[25]


Modeling and pageant career

At age 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant[26] and next competed in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. She carried out her mandatory two-year military service from the age of 20, then studied law.[27]

Gadot has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand.[28] She has been featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cleo, Fashion, Lucire, FHM. Gadot has been the main model for fashion brand Castro in 2008–16.[29] In 2013, her combined annual modelling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million, which was ahead of a number of other famous Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg and Shlomit Malka, though significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[30]

In 2007, 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot, "Women of the IDF", and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[31] In 2014, Gadot was one of two Israeli actresses, along with Odeya Rush, listed as an upcoming leading lady by InStyle magazine.[32]


Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Justice League

Gadot at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Justice League

After Gadot had completed her first year of college, a casting director contacted her agent to have Gadot audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the spy film Quantum of Solace.[27] Although the part eluded her, a few months later, Gadot starred in the 2008 Israeli drama Bubot. Three months later, the casting director from her Quantum of Solace audition chose Gadot over six other actresses for the role of Gisele Yashar in the action film Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast and the Furious franchise.[33][34] Gadot performed her own stuntwork in those films.[35]

In 2010, she had small roles in the action-comedy Date Night and the action-adventure comedy Knight and Day.[36] 2011 brought her back to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five, and in 2013's Fast & Furious 6.[37]

Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[38] Gadot's performance as the superhero, which was the character's first appearance in film, was hailed as one of the best parts of the film.[39]

Also in 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she starred along with Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul.[40] Later that year, she co-starred in the action crime thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character,[41] alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.[42] Her final film of 2016 was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher.[43]

In 2017, Gadot starred in a solo film for her character, Wonder Woman. She reprised the role in the ensemble film Justice League, which was released in November 2017, and was her third DC Extended Universe instalment.[44][45][46] In 2017 Gadot was also invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[47] Emily Shire stated that Gadot's acting defies some of the stereotypes of women, especially as many Jewish women were portrayed on film as unattractive or the funny sidekick.[48]

Gadot provided the voice of Shank in the Walt Disney Animation Studios' film Ralph Breaks the Internet.[49]

Other work

Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and U.N. Under-Secretary General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations on 21 October 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, to mark the character's designation by the United Nations as its "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls".[50][51] The gesture was intended to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.[50][51][52] The decision was met with protests from UN staff members who stated in their petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive" and served to objectify women. As a result, the character was stripped of the designation, and the project ended 16 December.[52]

Gadot was also featured in the music video for Maroon 5's single "Girls Like You".[53] In July 2018, during a break in filming Wonder Woman 1984, Gadot visited a Virginia children's hospital in costume as Wonder Woman.[54][55][56]

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano in 2008.[57] They have two daughters, one born in 2011,[58] and another in 2017.[59][37][60]

Gadot and her husband owned a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, which she helped to run.[61] They sold their hotel to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.[62]


Feature films

2009Fast & FuriousGisele YasharJustin Lin
2010Date NightNatanyaShawn Levy
Knight and DayNaomiJames Mangold
2011Fast FiveGisele YasharJustin Lin
2013Fast & Furious 6Gisele Yashar
2014Kicking Out ShoshanaMirit Ben HarushShay Kanot
2015Furious 7Gisele YasharJames WanCredited and appears in a deleted scene[63]
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeDiana Prince / Wonder WomanZack Snyder
CriminalJill PopeAriel Vromen
Keeping Up with the JonesesNatalie JonesGreg Mottola
Triple 9Elena VlaslovJohn Hillcoat
2017Justice LeagueDiana Prince / Wonder WomanZack Snyder
Wonder WomanDiana Prince / Wonder WomanPatty Jenkins
2018Ralph Breaks the InternetShank (voice)Rich Moore
Phil Johnston
2019Between Two Ferns: The MovieHerselfScott AukermanCameo[64]
2020Wonder Woman 1984Diana Prince / Wonder WomanPatty JenkinsPost-production; also producer
Death on the NileLinnet Ridgeway-DoyleKenneth BranaghFilming


2007BubotMiriam "Merry" Elkayam
2009The Beautiful LifeOlivia3 episodes
EntourageLisaEpisode: "Amongst Friends"
2012Eretz NehederetHerself
KathmanduYamit Bareli
2017Saturday Night LiveHerself (host)Episode: "Gal Gadot / Sam Smith"
2018The SimpsonsHerself (voice)Episode: "Bart's Not Dead"[65]
2019Eurovision Song Contest 2019HerselfGuest
TBAUntitled Hedy Lamarr seriesHedy LamarrAlso executive producer[66]

Music videos

2018"Girls Like You"(Original, Volume 2 and Vertical Video versions)Maroon 5 featuring Cardi BHerself[67][68][69]


2013Vine VeraCosmeticsUnited States[72]
2015HuaweiSmartphone: Huawei P9Israel[75]
KeringFragrance: Gucci BambooUnited States[76]
WixWebsiteUnited States[78]
GTArcadeVideo game: League of Angels: Paradise IslandChina[79]
2018RevlonCosmeticsUnited States[80]
HuaweiSmartphone: Huawei P20United States[81]
2019HotTelecommunications providerIsrael[84][85]


2004Miss Israel 2004HerselfWinner
Miss Universe 2004Miss IsraelParticipant

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2016Chinese American Film FestivalMost Popular US Actress in ChinaBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWon[86]
Critics' Choice AwardsBest Actress in an Action MovieBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeNominated[87]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie: Breakout StarBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeNominated[88]
Choice Movie: Scene StealerBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeNominated[88]
Women Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Female Action HeroBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeNominated[89]
2017Detroit Film Critics SocietyBreakthroughWonder WomanNominated[90]
National Board of Review AwardsSpotlight AwardWonder WomanWon[91]
North Texas Film Critics AssociationBest ActressWonder WomanNominated[92]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Liplock(shared with Chris Pine)Wonder WomanNominated[93]
Choice Movie: Action ActressWonder WomanWon[93]
Choice Movie: Actress SummerWonder WomanNominated[93]
Choice Movie: Comedy ActressKeeping Up with the JonesesNominated[93]
Choice Movie: Ship(shared with Chris Pine)Wonder WomanNominated[93]
2018Critics' Choice Awards#SeeHer AwardN/AWon[94]
MTV Movie & TV AwardsBest Fight(Wonder Woman vs German soldiers)Wonder WomanWon[95]
Best HeroWonder WomanNominated[96]
Palm Springs International Film FestivalRising Star Award - ActressWonder WomanWon[97]
Santa Barbara Film FestivalVirtuosos AwardWonder WomanWon[98]
Saturn AwardsBest ActressWonder WomanWon[99]
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ActionJustice LeagueNominated[100]

See also

  • Israeli fashion

  • Women in Israel

  • Women in the Israel Defense Forces


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