Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot 2014 Comic Con1.jpg
Born (1985-04-30) 30 April 1985 (age 37)
Rosh HaAyin, Israel
Occupation Actress, fashion model
Years active 2004–present
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Yaron Varsano (m. 2008)
Children 1

Gal Gadot (/ˈɡɑːl ɡɑːdɒt, -ɔːt/; Hebrew: גל גדות‎; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and fashion model. Gadot is known for her role as Gisele in The Fast and the Furious film series. On 4 December 2013, Warner Bros. revealed that Gadot was cast in the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[2][3]

Early life

Gadot was born and raised in Rosh HaAyin, Israel.[4] In Hebrew, her first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks" or "shores".[5] Her parents are Israeli-born,[6] and her ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Europe (she has described her family background as "1/4 Polish, 1/4 Austrian, 1/4 German, and 1/4 Czech").[1] Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a "very Jewish, Israeli family environment" [7] and served for two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces.[1]



Since 2008, Gadot has been a leading model for Castro (whose fashion shows she also hosts).[8] She has also led international campaigns for Captain Morgan rum, and Vine Vera skincare ranges, and advertised Jaguar Cars. She has featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Bride Magazine, FHM. In 2013, her annual modelling salary was estimated to be in the millions of shekels, ahead of Israeli models Esti Ginzburg, Liraz Dror and Shlomit Malka (who campaigns for Ralph Lauren), although significantly behind Bar Refaeli.[9]

At the age of 19, she attended and won the 2004 Miss Israel competition. After winning, she travelled to Ecuador to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. She did not place in the top 15. At the age of 19, Gadot joined the Israeli Army. Throughout her two-year service term in the Israel Defense Forces, she also worked as a model.[10] She subsequently started at university, studying law, until she was called to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace, as a result of which the casting directors instead hired her for Fast & Furious.

In 2007, she took a part in the Maxim photo shoot "Women of the Israeli army," which focused on Israeli models who served in the IDF. Gadot's photo was on the invitation to the launch party, and she featured on the cover of the New York Post. In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world", behind model Bar Refaeli and actress Eva Green.[11]

In 2015, Gadot was chosen to be the new face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand.[12]


"I wanted to show that women are empowered and strong, and don't have to be saved by some male hero, but they can take care of themselves using their intelligence and their power."

- Gal Gadot on Fast & Furious[13]

In 2008, Gadot starred in the Israeli drama Bubot. She appeared as Gisele in Fast & Furious, the fourth film in The Fast & the Furious franchise, having won the role over six other actresses.[14][15] She did all her own stunts in the Fast & Furious films.[16] says "I think the main reason was that Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons."[6] Of her role in the films, she says: "There aren't enough good roles for strong women. I wish we had more female writers. Most of the female characters you see in films today are ‘the poor heartbroken girl.’ That’s why I’m so proud of the Fast movies. I feel like Gisele is an empowering woman."[17] In 2010, she had a small role in the action-adventure Knight and Day.[18] Earlier that year, she appeared in the film Date Night as Natanya, the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg's character. 2011 brought her back to The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five. In 2013, Gadot played Gisele again in Fast & Furious 6, where her character sacrifices her life to save her lover.

In December 2013, DC Entertainment announced that Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is signed for two future sequels which include the Justice League and a solo Wonder Woman film.[19][20][21] Gadot received sword fighting, kick-boxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role.[22]

As of May 2015, Gadot has various film projects in different states of production. She has completed John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she stars along Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul.[23] She was signed on to star in the film Criminal as Ryan Reynolds' character's wife.[24] Gadot was also signed on a main role in the comedy film Keeping Up with the Joneses along Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm.[25]

Personal life

Gadot married her boyfriend, Israeli businessman Yaron Varsano[26] during the filming of Fast & Furious, on 28 September 2008. The couple owned a hotel in the Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv. In 2015, her husband Yaron Varsano sold his Tel Aviv hotel to Roman Abramovich for $26 million.[27] In November 2011, Gadot and Varsano had a baby girl, Alma.

She is an avid motorcycle rider and owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R.[28] She also plays in volleyball, basketball and tennis teams.[16]


Year Title Status Notes
2004 Miss Israel 2004 Winner N/A
2004 Miss Universe 2004 Miss Israel Participant



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar
2010 Date Night Natanya
2010 Knight and Day Naomi
2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Gisele Yashar
2014 Kicking Out Shoshana Mirit Israeli film
2015 Furious 7 Gisele Yashar Photograph/Archive Footage/Deleted Cameo
2016 Criminal Post-production
2016 Triple 9 Post-production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Post-production
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Post-production
2017 Wonder Woman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bubot Miriam "Merry" Elkayam Israeli series
2009 Entourage Lisa Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia Episodes: "The Beautiful Aftermath"
"The Beautiful Lie"
"The Beautiful Triangle"
2011 Asfur Kika Israeli series. Season 2.
2012 Katmandu Yamit Bareli Israeli series
2012 Eretz Nehederet Herself Israeli show. Episode: "Season 9, Episode 7"

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 גל גדות
  2. Fleming, Mike (4 December 2013). "Emerging Star Gal Gadot Set For Wonder Woman In 'Batman Vs. Superman'". Retrieved 4 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman'". Variety. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot". The Forward. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Halutz, Avshalom (6 December 2013). "Who is Gal Gadot, Hollywood's next Wonder Woman?". Haaretz. Retrieved 4 January 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chatting With 'Fast Five' Star Gal Gadot By Curt Schleier, 2 May 2011
  7. "Entertainment | Features And Reviews". Retrieved 7 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Israeli fashion retailer torn between daring spirit and need to please the masses, Haaretz
  9. הדוגמניות המרוויחות ביותר בישראל Forbes Israel, June 2013
  10. "UMM.COM - Urban Male Magazine". Retrieved 4 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Ashley Baylen (12 April 2012). "Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women (10–1) – Page2". Shalom Life. Retrieved 2 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Romeyn, Kathryn (9 July 2015). "WONDER WOMAN GAL GADOT IS THE FACE OF GUCCI'S NEW FRAGRANCE". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. Gal Gadot on Fans, Motherhood and 'Fast & Furious 6' By Jspace Staff on 5/24/2013,
  14. "IGN: New Furious Babe". IGN. Newscorp. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Gal Gadot: Too fast too furious?". Retrieved 16 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 Wilson, Simone (4 December 2013). "Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman: Israeli badass takes on the boys in 'Batman vs. Superman'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
  17. Better, Adam C. (11 April 2013). "Q&A: Gal Gadot". Stndrd Magazine
  18. "JUF : Teens : Celebrities : Gal Gadot". JUF. Retrieved 4 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. L.A.Times HeroComplex:Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman: Comics world reacts on Twitter
  20. Begley, Chris. "Gal Gadot signed a 3 movie deal as Wonder Woman (video)". Batman News. Retrieved 22 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Kroll, Justin. "'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot Signs Three-Picture Deal with Warner Bros". Variety. Retrieved 23 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. Flemming Jr., Mike (5 February 2014). "Open Road Acquires Domestic On 'Triple Nine;' Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Michael Pena Join Killer Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 20 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Kit, Borys (12 August 2014). "Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot Joins Kevin Costner in 'Criminal'". Retrieved 29 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "On the Set for 4/20/15: Michael Bay Starts TMNT Sequel, Gal Gadot Begins Keeping Up With the Joneses, Natalie Dormer Wraps Shooting on Patient Zero". 20 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "Yaron Varsano & Wonder Woman Wife". December 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. Shlomit Tsur (13 April 2015). "Roman Abramovich buys Tel Aviv hotel" Globes
  28. Profile: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot is a model, army girl and Fast & Furious star Jess Denham, Thursday 5 December 2013, The Independent

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