The female hero we all needed
Gal Gadot has given little girls everywhere a superhero to look up to, and shares what it's been like being the face of the famous "Wonder Woman".
Gadot is set to star in the sequel to the first Wonder Woman movie, Wonder Woman 1984. In an exclusive interview with Parade magazine, the actress opens up about how being the hero has affected parts of her personality.
“I think about my character in my real life. When I do something, I wonder if it’s appropriate for Wonder Woman. She’s a big part of me," the Israeli actress revealed.
She then goes on to say how important the role was for not only her, but for women everywhere.
“People were waiting for a female-driven story in such an authentic way. It’s funny to say the word ‘authentic’ because she’s a superhero but we were telling the story from a female perspective and we made sure the story was universal," she said.
Gadot continued, "For men, women, boys, girls, everyone. She wasn’t this tough, bad-ass woman who had it all figured out. She had fears and worries, and we enjoyed exploring her imperfections and vulnerabilities."
"Those are the things that are truthful in humankind. We were able to make the character grounded this way and be accessible and approachable," she said.
The new film, set to be released in August, will also feature some familiar faces. Gadot shares what it was like working alongside Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig.
“I’m so happy Kristen said yes to this. She became a very close friend of mine. She’s so talented, so smart, and she really has the range," Gadot shared of Wiig.
"Yes, Barbara is a character that starts off vulnerable and insecure. Then she transitions into someone dark and menacing. Diana sees many things in Barbara that she would like to have, and Barbara feels the same about Diana. Honestly, she’s my favourite villain. She’s so bad-ass and sexy and funny and sophisticated," she continued.
She then gave a little tidbit of Pine's character saying, "He is there. Look, Chris Pine has been an integral part of the franchise. We were so sad that his character died. I’m so happy [director] Patty Jenkins and [co-screenwriter] Geoff Johns were able to find a way to bring him back in the story and bring him back in such a clever way. We never would have done it if it didn’t fit the story.”
Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released in theatres in August.