Gal Gadot’s acting career has reached new heights: she’s smashed box office records for her portrayal of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, and she’s made history for being the first non-American to do so, but there is a lot more to know about her than her DC Comics role. Here’s what Gal Gadot was like before all the fame, and what she had to go through to achieve the A-list status she holds in Hollywood today.
She was raised in a small city in Israel
Gal Gadot is a small town girl and was raised Rosh Ha’ayin, a tiny city in the center of Israel. She is very proud of her Jewish heritage and has previously spoken about it during an interview with Totally Jewish.
“I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me,” Gadot told the publication. “I want people to have a good impression of Israel. I don’t feel like I’m an ambassador for my country, but I do talk about Israel a lot — I enjoy telling people about where I come from and my religion.”
She had an old-school childhood
When Gal Gadot was growing up, she didn’t sit in front of the TV all day — like many children from the current generation do, because of their obsession with technology — and was made to go and play outdoors. She told Rolling Stone that she had a “sheltered” life, adding, “There was no TV-watching. It was always “Take a ball and go play.”‘
She continued, “In general, I was a good girl, a good student, a pleaser, and I was a tomboy. Always with wounds and scratches on my knees.”
Both Gadot and her sister were also taught by their parents (her mother a teacher, and her father an engineer) to be tough and “to believe that we’re capable, to value ourselves.” Which undoubtedly shaped how they would approach life and hard work as adults.
She liked to perform as a child
Even though Gal Gadot was unsure if she wanted to be an actress or continue her degree in law, it turns out she always had a love for performance. During an interview with Glamour magazine she revealed that she was the type of child who loved to be noticed.
She told the publication, “I really liked to perform. My mother always tells this story: I was five. They had a party, and they’d put me to bed. I heard everyone on the rooftop, and I went upstairs. No one paid any attention to me, so I took a hose and sprayed everyone. [Laughs.] Very elegant, right? ‘It’s meeeee! Look at me!’ I loved the attention. But I never connected all the dots that maybe I should be an actress.”
She was a keen basketball player
Gal Gadot may do her own stunts now that she’s famous, but she proved her athletic abilities long before she became an actress. Gadot has got major skills on the basketball court, and she spoke about her sports background during an interview with ESPN. She said, “I did dance my entire life. I played tennis, was on the basketball team, the volleyball team.” At this point I’m left asking myself, is there anything she isn’t good at?
Her love of dance made her want to become a choreographer
We’ve already established that Gal Gadot is very athletic, but it wasn’t just sport that was of interest to her, but also dance. In her teenage years she loved to dance, which is why acting and modelling had not really appealed to her.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Gadot spoke about her dancing dreams. She said, “I was a dancer for 12 years — ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz. I thought that I wanted to be a choreographer.”