10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Wonder Woman’ Star Gal Gadot

  
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8. Israeli Army

In Israel all residents are conscripted into the Israeli Defense Forces, so like everyone else Gadot joined the IDF following her Miss Israel win and served two years. Like most Israelis, Gadot had no problems being in the army, telling People, “Part of being Israeli is to go to the army. All my friends went, my parents went, and my grandparents went.” During her two year service, Gadot trained soldiers in sports combat particularly in gymnastics and calisthenics, and said that “The soldiers loved me because I made them fit.”

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7. Becoming An Actress

While her time as Miss Israel opened doors into the modelling world, Gadot had no intention of pursuing a career in modelling or acting and after her time in the army she went to university to study law and international relations. While in school a casting director saw her photo on the wall of her modeling agency and wanted her to audition for a role in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, but she wanted no part of it. “No way, ‘I’m studying law and international relations. I’m way too serious and smart to be an actress, and besides, the script is all in English,'” Gadot said of her response adding that although she could speak English, she wasn’t completely comfortable with it. Despite her initial reservations she ended up auditioning and although she lost out to Olga Kurylenko, she did end up landing a role in 2009’s Fast & Furious, officially launching her acting career.

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