Gal Gadot Says She's 'Very Grateful' to Portray Wonder Woman on the Big Screen

The actress said her daughter is her main inspiration.

ByABC News
March 19, 2016, 11:40 AM

— -- Despite receiving flack about being cast as Wonder Woman in the forthcoming film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," actress Gal Gadot said one person inspired her to take the gig -- her daughter, Alma.

"I have a 4-year-old daughter and she adores princesses at the same time she will tell me the princess is so weak, she falls asleep and the prince will come and kiss her and save her and he is the hero," Gadot said Friday at a press conference for the film.

"So I am so happy to be the one who is going to tell the Wonder Woman story. It is such an important story to tell," she continued. "It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong, super hero to look up to. The more the merrier and there is plenty of room for many more women to come and I am very happy to be a part of it."

Back in 2013 when Gadot, 30, was first announced as the actress to portray Wonder Woman also known as Diana Prince (also known as the Princess of the Amazons!) many DC Comics fans said she wasn't curvy enough for the role. They even compared Gadot to Lynda Carter, the actress who previously suited up as Wonder Woman on the big screen.

"For me being an actress, my responsibility is not to pay attention to all the noise around me and to pay attention to the script and the director and protect the character and try to tell her story the best I can," she said of the controversy.

Still, Gadot is grateful for the opportunity to star alongside Ben Affleck, who's portraying Batman, and Henry Cavill, who will star as Superman, in the film, opening March 25.

"It's a huge honor for me to be the one to get this amazing opportunity to tell such an important story. I feel very grateful," the actress gushed. "I never planned on being an actress or Wonder Woman but everything just happened and I am grateful and happy and in love with what I do. I am enjoying everything but it will take me sometime until I really understand what is going on."