Wonder Woman is finally making it to the big screen. Landing the role of the iconic Amazon superhero is Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot.
Gadot, 28, is probably best known for her role as Gisele Harabo in the last three “Fast & Furious” films.
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” director Zack Snyder said in a Warner Brothers news release. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
Until then — the film is scheduled for the big screen in July 2015 — keep reading to get to know more about Gadot.
1. She Was Born in Israel
Gadot was born in Rosh HaAyin, Israel, in 1985. “I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity,” she told TotallyJewish.com in 2011. “I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me.”
2. She Started Out in Pageants
In 2004, at age 19, Gadot won the Miss Israel title. She went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant but failed to place in the top 15.
3. She Served in the Israeli Army
Gadot joined the Israeli Army at the age of 20 for her mandatory military service. Throughout her two-year term as a sports trainer in the Israel Defense Forces, she continued to work as a model.
4. She Got Her Break in ‘Fast & Furious’
Gadot was just finishing her military service when she auditioned for “Fast & Furious,” the fourth film in the franchise, and won the role of Gisele Harabo over six other actresses. The following year, she landed a small role in the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action-adventure film “Knight and Day” and “Date Night” playing Mark Wahlberg’s Israeli girlfriend. By the time Gadot reprised her character for “Fast & the Furious” in 2011, she was splitting her time between Los Angeles and Israel.
5. She’s Married and Has a Daughter
Gadot married her husband, Israeli businessman Yaron Versano, during the filming of “Fast & Furious” in 2008. In November 2011, they welcomed their first child, a girl named Alma.