Gal Gadot's Striking Transformation On Her Way To 'Wonder Woman'

Two thousand seventeen was an iconic year for the cinematographic industry because it was when Wonder Woman was premiered and took the world by storm. She was our first female superhero to have a solo film, and it couldn't have been better. But do you know who the actress that brought the Amazon warrior to life is?

That's right! It is Gal Gadot, the stunning girl who was not that well-known before her heroine role, but now everybody wants to be like her. Well, it turns out her life is pretty impressive, and there are a couple of details that make her a real-life Wonder Woman. Let's find them out!

1. Her roots

Perhaps, you have already noticed it, but Gal doesn't come from an English-speaking country. She was born on 30 April 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel, but was raised in Rosh HaAyin, a neighboring city. Her parents are Michael and Irit Gadot, a teacher and an engineer respectively.

Her maternal grandparents were born in Europe; her granddad survived the Holocaust after being imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp, but her grandmom left before the Nazi invasion. During her early school years, Gal was an athletically inclined girl. She played sport and was very good at basketball due to her height.

She also studied dance, including Hip-Hop, ballet, and jazz. Her love for dance was so strong that she even thought of becoming a choreographer. Her ability to move her body fluidly doesn't come as a surprise because her first name means "wave", and her last name is "riverbanks" in Hebrew. 

2. Her beauty

With such stunning looks, a headhunter noticed her and encouraged her to participate in Miss Israel beauty pageant in 2004. At the age of 18, she was crowned the most beautiful woman in the country and would soon represent her homeland in the international contest. About her success, she once told Glamour magazine:

"I thought, 'that would be a nice experience.' I never thought I would win! I was shocked when they crowned me; when I went to Miss Universe, I rebelled."

And surely she did. The young beauty was afraid of being picked again, so she did whatever she could to sabotage herself in the international beauty pageant and, therefore, lose it. She showed up late, didn't wear any make-up or the evening gowns. She certainly didn't win the contest, but her path launched her modeling career.

3. An army girl

At the age of 20, Gal had to carry out her mandatory two-year military service in the Israel Defense Forces, enlisting as a combat instructor. About her time in the IDF, she also told Glamour: "In Israel, serving is part of being an Israeli. You've got to give back to the state. You give two or three years, and it's not about you."

4. The model

But even during her time in the military, her gorgeous appearance couldn't escape from the modeling industry. When she was 21 years old, in her first year of service, she participated in a Maxim photo shoot called "Women of the IDF" in 2007. This pictures just served as a springboard to become a very sought-after model. 

During the subsequent years, Gadot led international modeling campaigns such as Vine Vera skincare ranges, Jaguar cars, Huawei smartphones, Miss Sixty, and Gucci perfumes. About the latter, she became the face of Bamboo, a fragrance of the Italian company, in 2015. 

Moreover, she was the CoverGirl on Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Fashion, FHM, and so much more. By 2013, her career had given her an estimated salary of $2.4 million, which was an amount above what other famous Israeli models like Shlomit Malka and Esti Ginzburg earned. 

5. Her education and acting career

But not everything was the fashion industry for this girl. She set some time aside for her studies. She started studying law and international relations at the IDC Herzliya college. When she was in her first year, she got a call from an agent to be the Bond Girl Camille Montes in the spy movie Quantum of Solace

Although she did not get the role, she obtained her first acting part in a short-lived Israeli series called Bubot, which translates to "babes" in English, a show about the lives of some models. Her acting career was just starting, so she gave up her law studies. 

If it hadn't been for that agent, Gal said she would have practiced law. Later on, she got another call from a lady saying they were looking for a Fast & Furious girl for the fourth movie. She auditioned for the role of Gisele Yashar and was accepted. Gadot performed her own stuntwork in the fourth movie and the subsequent ones. 

6. Her family life

Around the time when she was filming Fast & Furious, Gal met Israeli real estate developer Yaron Varsano during a strange party in the desert about eating healthy, yoga, and chakras. They were not into those things, but the gathering definitely helped them find each other. Did she know he was the one? The actress answered Glamour:

"I think I did, but I was too young to get it. He did! He's ten years older than me. He told me on our second date he was serious and wasn't going to wait more than two years to ask me to marry him. Fast-forward two years; he proposed. We were married in 2008."

Yaron and Gal have been married for ten years and have two gorgeous girls: Alma, who was born in 2011, and Maya, who was welcomed last year. For Gal, her family is her priority, and she said she has to do what is right for her daughters. She is a working mom, but she has started to choose her battles wisely. 

7. The big screen

After being Gisele, Gadot also got some small parts in other feature movies and series. She was a henchwoman in 2010's action comedy Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The same year, Gal was Natasha in the action comedy Date Night. Also, she was supermodel Lisa in one episode of Entourage

8. Her diet and workout

For her action movies, Gal needed a very athletic body, but getting in shape is no easy feat. The actress had to gain 17 pounds of pure muscle, which she did through martial arts and paddle boarding training, but she doesn't refrain from eating her favorite treats, which are burgers and ice-cream. Gal once told Harper's Bazaar:

I'm a foodie, and I love to experience food. I don't restrict myself. I can eat everything. It's all a matter of measurements and quantity of the food. Just give the food the respect and give yourself the respect to enjoy it.

9. A heroine

In 2016, Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and although it was a movie with male leads, her appearance was hailed as the best part of the production. The positive critics and her fantastic job laid the foundations for her yet to come solo film. 

Would a female standalone movie work in order to be a box-office success? The answer is a resounding yes! The film grossed $101 million domestically only in the opening weekend and a whopping $310 million later on, making it the 6th most profitable release of 2017.

It was also the biggest opener for a production directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Wonder Woman received a positive response from film critics, and some people even called it the best DC film. Gadot signed for other two films, so we cannot wait to see her in the years to come. Isn't she a real-life heroine?

Without a doubt, Gal Gadot has what it takes to be called an actual Wonder Woman. From her actress and modeling careers to her role as mom and wife, we really don't know how she does to get it all covered. But we guess it is just part of being a real-life hero. Share this article, so that others know how fantastic this actress is!

Sources used: YouTube/The List, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar

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