Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”

Gal Gadot (Hebrew: גל גדות‎, ˈɡal ɡaˈdot) is an Israeli actress, model, and producer. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a fitness/combat readiness instructor, after which she began studying law and international relations at IDC Herzliya college while building her modelling and acting careers.

Gadot’s first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to gain worldwide recognition for portraying Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), followed by the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble Justice League (both 2017). In 2018, Time magazine named Gadot one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she was ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses.

In October 2020, Forbes magazine’s annual list of highest-paid actresses placed Gadot at no. 3, citing her $20 million for her role in the Netflix film Red Notice.

Also, fun fact: Gal means “wave” in Hebrew.

Wonder Woman strikes down the DCEU (credit: Warner Brothers)
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., and Director Patty Jenkins seen at The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures “Wonder Woman” at The Pantages Theatre on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)