Gal Gadot Almost Gave Up Acting Before Landing Wonder Woman
During her interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show this week, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot revealed that she very nearly gave up acting before Zack Snyder secretly gave her a chance at playing the iconic role.
This profession, the rejection is tough. I had so many almost and another camera test and it was almost mine. Then another and another. I was telling my husband, I’m not sure how long I can take it. Dragging my family to Los Angeles doing this, duh duh duh.
Gadot’s story is honest and familiar one when talking about the journey of a struggling actors in America. The story is also true for actors who’ve seen a little bit of success such as Gadot. She’s played Gisele in the Fast & Furious films and had small roles in movies like Knight and Day and Date Night. Before that fateful call with Snyder, Gadot was beginning to feel the wear and tear of commuting from her home in Tel Aviv to Los Angeles every few months.
Even when she did get called in to audition, no one told her for what role she was trying out. Until she got the part, it had been a secret to her this whole time!
I got a phone call from Zack Snyder who wanted to audition me for this secret role. I did the audition. It went great. I went back to Israel to shoot a movie and I didn’t know if I wanted to continue acting afterwards. I’m in Israel, they tell me they wanted to do a camera test–again, a camera test, again–another almost, almost.[I asked] ‘What am I being tested for? What’s the part?’ My agent goes, ‘They didn’t tell you?’ Zack calls me and tells me, ‘I dunno if you have this character in Israel, if she’s big or not, but did you ever hear about Wonder Woman?’ [I said] ‘Wonder Woman, I’ll be there, yeah!’
Gadot then goes on to tell Jimmy Fallon about how the film had to adjust to her pregnancy while shooting Wonder Woman. “They cut this huge triangle — green, Kermit triangle. So you see me doing whatever, I’m being super tough and everything. Then I go to check playback. It starts, like, super close and it opens up… And you see me super serious with this belly [laughs].”
You can check out the entire interview in the video below. Wonder Woman comes out to theaters June 2, 2017.