Gal Gadot may have burst into the Hollywood spotlight after her deft portrayal of the beloved DC Comics superheroine Wonder Woman. Still, there is a lot more to the stunningly gorgeous actress than just that.
A model, a soldier, an entrepreneur and a social advocate, are only a few of her responsibilities. It appears to be very little that this 35-year old can't do. And while she started to turn heads with her role as Gisele Yashar in the Fast and the Furious franchise, the fact is she has been around for quite some time, before finally breaking through in her star turn as Diana Prince in "Wonder Woman." Here are five more intriguing facts about the woman that plays the role of the courageous Amazonian heroine that totes the Lasso of Truth and indestructible bracelets.
She is Grateful to Beyonce For Helping Her Land the "Wonder Woman" Role
In several interviews, Gal has expressed her gratitude to superstar singer Beyoncé for helping her get the role that virtually launched her acting career into the stratosphere.
She says that she was instructed to just wait in her trailer during the audition until it was her time to do the camera test. Gal recalled that the long wait made her completely anxious and frazzled.
However, she listened to Beyonce's song "Run the World (Girls)" and quickly regained her confidence. The rest, as they say, is history.
She served in the Israeli Army.
Israeli law mandates that women serve for at least two years Army, and that is exactly what Gal did as she functioned as a combat trainer after completing a rigid and strenuous three-month boot camp.
Later in her career, she harkened back to her time in the Army and actually credited this for preparing her to do what is needed in the action movies she is in.
To prove that she is not all brawn, Gal also finished her studies in law and international relations at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
She Almost Got a Part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Before she nabbed the coveted role of Diana Prince in "Wonder Woman," Gal revealed in an interview that she once tried her luck at getting a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie "Guardians of the Galaxy."
Although it was never revealed to her which part she was auditioning for, Gal mentioned that the role needed her to shave her head bald and then be covered in blue paint, which sounds like the role of the heroic humanoid, Nebula.
She represented Israel in the Miss Universe Pageant.
Back when she was just 18 years of age, Gal won the Miss Israel pageant, which earned her the chance to represent the country in the world's most prestigious beauty pageant — Miss Universe!
Although she did go to Ecuador to participate, she mentioned in an interview that she made a real and concerted effort to be as rebellious as she possibly could be in order not to win.
She tried out for the role of "Bond Girl."
Back when she was still studying at the university, Gal revealed in an interview that she was once approached by a casting director, who was looking for the right woman to play the famed role of Bond girl in the movie "Quantum of Solace."
She mentioned that she initially was not interested, but she did try out for the role. Unfortunately, the role was given to Olga Kurylenko. All was not lost, though, as that very same casting director grew fond of Gal. Eventually, he tapped her to play a prominent role in "The Fast & Furious."