DiversionsNovember 2, 2017
Wonder Woman is back. Gal Gadot, the former Israeli beauty queen, has been having a banner year. Gadot introduced her Wonder Woman character in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a part for which she received high marks.
Her movie “Wonder Woman,” which came out in June, further introduced her to American audiences. The blockbuster was the hit of the summer and since then she has been on an upswing, doing everything from “The Tonight Show” to hosting “Saturday Night Live” to attending the United Nations to mark Wonder Woman’s status as an “Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment for Women and Girls.”
While hosting “Saturday Night Live” the first weekend in October, Gadot talked about coming from Israel and joked about her Israeli accent, saying, “obviously I’m not from here – I’m from Albuquerque.” Gadot, who is actually from Petah Tikva, then turned to the camera to speak to her family back in Israel in Hebrew – with English subtitles.
“Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that this might be a big mistake,” she said in Hebrew. “The writers here clearly know nothing about Israel. In every sketch they have me eating hummus. I mean, I like hummus, but come on. They’re nice, but they’re not very sophisticated. I think they believe that I’m the actual Wonder Woman. So in short, wish me luck.” It was the first time “Saturday Night Live” was actually broadcast live in Israel.
This November, Gadot will costar in her third Marvel superhero movie: “Justice League” alongside Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller. Batman (played by Affleck) brings together a team of superheroes that includes Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman against Steppenwolf, the leader of the parademons.
Gadot, a former model, won the Miss Israel competition at the age of 18. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, the 32-year-old has said she was brought up in a “very Jewish, Israeli family environment.”
She later starred in the Israeli TV drama “Bubot” about the intrigue of the modeling world. She then landed a part in “Fast &Furious,” the fourth film in the muscle car racing franchise. She also reprised the role in the next three installments of the series. After landing roles in “Date Night,” “Knight and Day” and the Israeli film “Kicking Out Shoshana,” she got the part of Wonder Woman, solidifying her place on the American cultural landscape. After “Justice League” opens on November 17, Gadot is slated to star in “Wonder Woman 2,” set to come out in 2020 and “Justice League Part 2.”