'Wonder Woman': This Is Gal Gadot's Rise To Fame

'Wonder Woman': This Is Gal Gadot's Rise To Fame
April 30, 2020 - 10:15 / Lucas Anderson

Actress and model Gal Gadot is now one of the more recognizable film stars after taking on one of Hollywood's top roles as "Wonder Woman." But how did the Israeli actress rise to stardom so quickly? Learn the full story of Gal Gadot's rise to fame here!

Gal Gadot is best-known for her portrayal of "Diana Prince" (AKA "Wonder Woman"), a role which she's performed in three DC Comics films since 2016. She'll reprise the role again in the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to be released this summer.

Just how did the now 35-year-old actress ascend to A-list stardom so quickly? Let's take a look at some of Gal Gadot's career highlights and accomplishments on the way to securing the role of "Wonder Woman."

Gal Gadot attends the premiere screening of 'I Am The Night' in 2019.

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Gal Gadot's rise to fame as Miss Israel

Gal Gadot was born in Petah Tikva, Israel, on April 30, 1985. She descends from Holocaust survivors on her mother's side.

She first considered work in choreography as well as law, but she shifted to modelling when she was persuaded to participate in the 2004 Miss Israel pageant. She entered the pageant and became Miss Israel at the age of 18.

She also competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel.

Miss Israel Gal Gadot waves to photographers on 13 May 2004 in Quito, Ecuador, ahead of Miss Universe 2004.

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Gal Gadot's years in the IDF and modelling success

Shortly after her pageant win, Gadot served her mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat instructor.

Following her time in the military, the Miss Israel winner launched a successful modelling career. She worked with Gucci and Jaguar, and appeared as a covergirl on many magazines.

Gal Gadot attends the Gucci Bamboo Fragrance launch on July 14, 2015 in New York City.

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Gal Gadot's transition to acting

Gadot secured her first major acting role as "Gisele Yashar" in Fast & Furious in 2009. She would reprise the role in three more films in the franchise.

She also appeared around the same time in comedies including Date Night and Knight and Day.

Gal Gadot as "Gisele Yashar" in Fast & Furious 6 (2013, director Justin Lin).

Gal Gadot as "Wonder Woman" for a new generation

The Israeli actress landed her breakthrough Hollywood role as "Diana Prince" (AKA "Wonder Woman") ahead of the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Wonder Woman" would soon get her own film, Wonder Woman, in 2017. Another appearance followed in Justice League. The upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984 will be Gadot's second starring vehicle for the character.

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Fun Facts About Gal Gadot

  • The actress married her husband, Yaron Varsano, in 2008.
  • She attributed landing her role in Fast & Furious to her background in the Israeli military.
  • Gadot voiced herself in a cameo appearance on The Simpsons in 2018.

See Gadot's newest work as "Wonder Woman" in Wonder Woman 1984. The film is set for release in June 2020!

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