Gal Gadot attends Build Presents The Cast Of "Wonder Woman" at Build Studio on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images/AFP).
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Actress and IDF veteran Gal Gadot said she admires the "selflessness" of those who serve their countries but wishes it wasn't necessary.
"My service was for two years, but in an ideal world I would love for all the countries to not have an army so we don’t have to fight each other," she told People magazine in a recent interview. "But that’s not the case - we’re still not in an ideal world. There is still a long way to go.”
Gadot said there is "something very important and unique about the fact that you’re putting your life on hold and you’re giving back to your country."
Gadot took part in a special photoshoot and video for People
magazine's "25 Women Changing the World," which will be found in the next issue of the magazine. Gal Gadot - PEOPLE's 25 Women Changing the World (YouTube / Vanzekin)
Gadot appears alongside Hollywood luminaries like America Ferrara, Pink and Jessica Alba, who all talk about the challenges they faced on their path to success.
"They told me I couldn't act in the United States because of my accent, and here we are, in Hollywood," Gadot said.
In a People
TV video, Gadot met up with real-life wonder women from across the US, including an Air Force captain, an emergency room nurse and a firefighter.
"I feel very privileged today for spending the day with these amazing women," she said. "I think that they are the true heroes because at the end of the day they pick up the phone and they go to their duty so they're the wonder women."
Mary Green, the entertainment projects editor for People, said "it's hard to imagine anyone else now playing the role of Wonder Woman. She was simply the embodiment of a kick-ass female on screen."Demi Lovato, Gal Gadot, Pink & Others Reveal Obstacles They Overcame To Achieve Success | PeopleTV (YouTube / PeopleTV)
Gadot said she's happy to see women making such strides around the world, but there is so much more to be done.
"We always talk about empowering women," she said, "but [when you see] everything that's happening now, in Hollywood and sexual harassment and bullying and stuff like that - I think that you can't only empower the women, you got to educate the men too."