Gal Gadot plays Diana Prince a.k.a Wonder Woman. She has appeared three times as the live-action version of the iconic DC comics character. Gadot was born in Israel, won the Miss Israel beauty pageant in 2004 and had a significant modelling career. Her acting credits in international films begin with her appearances as Giselle Yashar in Fast and Furious 4, 5 and 6. Gadot believes her two years of military service as a soldier in the Israel Defence Forces is what persuaded director Justin Lin to use her in the franchise. In the role of Wonder Woman, she has appeared in BATMAN V SUPERMAN (2016), the much-celebrated origin story WONDER WOMAN (2017) and now JUSTICE LEAGUE (review here).
Here is the Q&A about how it was working on the latest movie in the DC Extended Universe
QUESTION: What was it like reuniting with director Zack Snyder to make Justice League after working with him to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen for the first time in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
GAL GADOT: Well, Zack is a dear, dear friend, and I have a lot of love and respect for him. He was the first one to really believe in me and give me this huge opportunity. I had actually been thinking about quitting acting and, at the very last moment – right before I was about to throw in the towel – Zack cast me as Wonder Woman in BvS. And I will never forget it. I think he’s a fantastic director, and really enjoyed working with him on both projects.
QUESTION: What are the stakes involved in Justice League? What motivates Diana to want to join forces with Bruce in assembling this team of Super Heroes?
GAL GADOT: Diana realizes that the end of the world is coming, and she knows that the only way to protect it, is by doing what was done before – the last time the planet faced this type of threat – and that is to have everyone fight together as one. She understands that the only way to save the world is by recruiting this team of Super Heroes and getting them to fight together as one.
QUESTION: What is the dynamic like between Wonder Woman and Batman, now that they’ve fought together in battle?
GAL GADOT: Both of them understand that the stakes are really high, and both of them want to save the day. They have some disagreements along the way, but, eventually, they find a way to collaborate and work together in the best way possible.
QUESTION: All five of these heroes have epic special abilities, but Wonder Woman stands alone in many ways. What do you think she brings to the League?
GAL GADOT: I think that she brings the heart. She really cares for everyone in general, and definitely cares for each member of the League. In the beginning, she does worry that they’re recruiting people who have no real experience, and asking them to risk their lives in order to save the world – something that’s highly dangerous – which none of them has ever even attempted before. Diana, in a way, is the glue that holds the League together. She’s tries to find ways to help each of these people, at different times, to feel stronger, capable, loved, and ultimately to believe in themselves.
QUESTION: When you were making the movie, do you recall any moments during production that were particularly fun or memorable for you?
GAL GADOT: I think that the most memorable moment for me was the first time we all stepped onto the set in our costumes – I was laughing all the time because it was just so surreal [laughs]. We would be shooting these VERY intense scenes and I would get a glimpse of someone in their costume and just begin laughing.
QUESTION: And did you have a favorite costume of the bunch?
GAL GADOT: Oh, mine, for sure [laughs]! By far.
QUESTION: It is true that you were actually expecting your second child at some point during the Justice League production?
GAL GADOT: Yes. I got pregnant while we were shooting Justice League. It’s very intense to shoot a movie as it is, so then I was also experiencing morning sickness and migraines and stuff like that. But, honestly, the whole thing was great.
QUESTION: You really are Wonder Woman. Speaking of which, did you have any sense when you were working with director Patty Jenkins on the Wonder Woman movie that it would become this amazing cultural phenomenon?
GAL GADOT: I definitely felt that we were doing something special, and having the captain of the ship be Ms. Patty Jenkins made everything much more magical. The experience was very, very unique. Everyone was inclusive, which created this amazing atmosphere while we were shooting – because it wasn’t an easy project, physically. We were working six days a week, every week, for six months, and it was very demanding work.
QUESTION: What do you hope audiences experience when they see Justice League in the cinema?
GAL GADOT: I just hope that they will enjoy the movie, but I also hope they enjoy the dynamic of the League working together. It’s just a wonderful group of actors, and they all bring their own unique qualities to their characters. So, I hope the audience feels like they’re part of the team and will come along for the ride.