Gal Gadot: 'Serving in the IDF prepared me for Hollywood'

The Israeli actress opens up about how she does it all as a real-life Wonderwoman.

July 7, 2015 13:46
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GAL GADOT plays the iconic heroine Wonder Woman in the upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman'

GAL GADOT plays the iconic heroine Wonder Woman in the upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’. (photo credit: ZACK SNYDER TWITTER/WARNER BROS)

Gal Gadot, the Israeli Hollywood starlet and soon-to-be Wonder Woman, spoke about her time in the IDF and how it prepared her for the jam-packed lifestyle she now leads as an actress, model, wife and mother.

“The army wasn’t that difficult for me," she told Fashion Magazine recently. "The military gave me good training for Hollywood.”

According to the Daily Mail, Gadot impressed Justin Lin, the director of the Fast & Furious franchise, because of her knowledge of weapons. Gadot also performed all her own stunts in prior films.

The 30-year-old's pride in her IDF service, mandatory for all Israelis at 18, except for those who are married or have health exemptions, comes in stark contrast with fellow Israeli model Bar Rafaeli. She notoriously and openly dodged her army service by marrying a family friend in order to continue advancing in her career. Rafaeli has said in the past that she does not regret her choice, adding that "it paid off big time...celebrities have other needs."

On the subject of balancing her busy life, Gadot said that “nowadays being a woman is hard, because we have to be the best wife, best mother, best worker, best everything!”

Gadot, 30, will appear on the cover of Fashion Magazine's August issue ahead of her leading role as Wonder Woman in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  For her, playing the superhero is a dream come true.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d grow up to be in a movie playing someone who influenced as many women as she has.”

Gadot is also the face of Gucci perfume Bamboo and in her home country was recently featured in ads for Castro.

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