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Gal Gadot-Varsano is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat fitness instructor, whereafter she began studying at the IDC Herzliya college while building her modeling and acting careers.

Gal Gadot-Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat fitness instructor, whereafter she began studying at the IDC Herzliya college while building her modeling and acting careers.Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in several subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to achieve global stardom for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, including in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Wonder Woman (2017). She has since starred in the Netflix action-comedy film Red Notice (2021) and the mystery film Death on the Nile (2022).

Dubbed the "biggest Israeli superstar" by local media outlets, Gadot was included on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2018, and has placed twice in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actresses.

Early life

Gadot was born on 30 April 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel, where she first lived. She was later raised in the city of Rosh HaAyin, Israel. In Hebrew, her given name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks". Her parents are Irit (née Weiss), a physical education teacher, and Michael Gadot, an engineer. The family Hebraized their surname from "Greenstein" to "Gadot" prior to her birth. She has a younger sister named Dana. Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a "very Jewish, Israeli family environment", and is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Her father is a sixth-generation Sabra (Israeli-born Jew). Gadot's maternal grandparents were born in 20th-century Europe; her grandfather, who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, survived the Holocaust, while her grandmother managed to escape the continent before the outbreak of World War II.Growing up in Israel, Gadot learned and danced jazz and hip-hop for 12 years, and her first jobs were babysitting and working at a local Burger King. She graduated from Begin High School in Rosh HaAyin, majoring in biology. As Jewish high schools in Israel often take their sophomores on trips to Holocaust memorial sites, Gadot went to Poland to experience the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Majdanek first-hand. About the experience, she reminisced: "I stood there on top of a mountain of ashes. I, an entitled child, felt the suffering the Muselmann experienced back then. When it was time to give my speech at the memorial ceremony, my eyes filled up with tears, and I could not control the shivering. I returned home more mature and cried with my grandfather about that, coming a full circle from his childhood to mine."Gadot entered the Miss Israel competition at age 18 under the impression that it would be a fun experience, and stated in a Glamour interview: "I never thought I would win." At age 20, she began her mandatory two years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces, enlisting as a combat fitness instructor. She says that her military background helped her to win the role of Gisele in the 2009 film Fast & Furious, stating: "I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons." After her military service, Gadot studied law at the IDC Herzliya college in Herzliya, Israel.


Modeling and beauty pageant career

At age 18, Gadot won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant, and subsequently competed for Israel in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant that took place that year in Ecuador.She has led international campaigns as a model for Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Captain Morgan rum, Gucci fragrances, Vine Vera skincare and Jaguar Cars. In 2015, she became the face of Gucci's Bamboo perfume brand. She has been featured as the covergirl on Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Bride Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, UMM, Cleo, Fashion, Lucire, FHM. Gadot was the main model for fashion brand Castro from 2008 to 2016. In 2013, her combined annual modeling and acting salary was estimated at NIS 2.4 million.In 2007, a then 21-year-old Gadot was in the Maxim photo shoot "Women of the Israel Defense Forces" and was then featured on the cover of the New York Post.In 2017, Gadot was placed at number one on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list.In 2018, Gadot became a brand ambassador for Revlon and Reebok. She appeared in advertisements for Revlon's "Live Boldly" campaign and Reebok's "Be More Human" campaign.


After Gadot had completed her first year of college, a casting director contacted her agent to have Gadot audition for the part of Camille Montes in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, a few months later, Gadot starred in the 2008 Israeli drama Bubot. Three months later, the casting director from her Quantum of Solace audition chose Gadot over six other actresses for the role of Gisele Yashar in the action film Fast & Furious, the fourth film in the Fast & Furious franchise. Gadot performed some of her own stuntwork in those films.In 2010, she had small roles in the action comedy Date Night and the action-adventure comedy Knight and Day. 2011 brought her back to the Fast & Furious franchise, reprising her role as Gisele in Fast Five; she played the character again in 2013's Fast & Furious 6.Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Gadot received swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu training in preparation for the role. Gadot's performance as the superhero, which was the character's first appearance in film, was singled out as one of the best parts of the film.Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and U.N. Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations on 21 October 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, to mark the character's designation by the United Nations as its "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls". The gesture was intended to raise awareness of UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. The decision was met with protests from UN staff members who stated in their petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the character is "not culturally encompassing or sensitive" and served to objectify women. As a result, the character was stripped of the designation, and the project ended on 16 December.Also in 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat's crime-thriller Triple 9, where she starred along with Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul. Later that year, she co-starred in the action crime thriller film Criminal, as the wife of Ryan Reynolds' character, alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones. Her final film of 2016 was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher.In 2017, Gadot starred in a solo film for her character, Wonder Woman. She reprised the role in the ensemble film Justice League, which was released in November 2017, and was her third DC Extended Universe installment. That same year, Gadot was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.In 2018, Time magazine named Gadot one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Forbes ranked her as the tenth highest-paid actress in the world, with annual earnings of $10 million. In the same year, Gadot voiced Shank in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Ralph Breaks the Internet.Gadot appeared in the music video for Maroon 5's song "Girls Like You" featuring Cardi B.In 2020, Forbes ranked Gadot as the third highest-paid actress in the world, with annual earnings of $31.5 million. On 11 October 2020, Gadot was confirmed to be reuniting with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins on Cleopatra, an epic film centered on Cleopatra produced by Paramount Pictures. Later, Jenkins moved to produce the project with Kari Skogland set to direct. In December, Gadot was cast in the spy thriller Heart of Stone.In 2021, Gadot starred alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in the Netflix action comedy film Red Notice, written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The following year, she co-starred with Kenneth Branagh, Armie Hammer, Ali Fazal, Tom Bateman, and Annette Bening in the 2022 mystery film Death on the Nile, which was also directed by Branagh.Gadot is slated to play the Evil Queen in a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and she will also produce and star in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film To Catch a Thief.


In October 2019, Gadot formed a production company, Pilot Wave, with her husband Yaron "Jaron" Varsano, and said she will star in and co-produce an Apple TV+ limited series about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, as well as the Warner Bros. historical thriller film Irena Sendler, following the life of WWII humanitarian Irena Sendler.In 2020, Gadot co-produced, as well as starred, in the sequel film Wonder Woman 1984 and will reprise her role in Wonder Woman 3.

Other work

In 2008, Gadot participated in Tfos Ta'Festigal - Harpatka BaMetzulot (Festigal 2008), the highest-grossing annual Israeli musical show for kids during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, where Gadot took part as one of the local Israeli celebrities; and she acted, sang and danced – dressed as a mermaid.Gadot was named as celebrity endorser for Smartwater in 2020, replacing Jennifer Aniston, who had served in that role since 2008.

"Imagine" video

In March 2020, Gadot and a number of other celebrities, including her Wonder Woman 1984 co-star Kristen Wiig, performed an online version of the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, intended to raise morale during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video received backlash with critics dismissing it as an ineffective response to the pandemic; Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called it "an empty and profoundly awkward gesture". Gadot later acknowledged the video did not garner the positive reaction that had been intended, but was unapologetic in explaining the thinking behind it. In a 2022 interview with InStyle magazine, Gadot admitted that the video was done in "poor taste", but still maintained that it had "pure intentions".

Personal life

Gadot married Israeli real estate developer Yaron "Jaron" Varsano in 2008. They have three daughters, one born in 2011, another in 2017, and the third in 2021. The two formed their own film-television production company, Pilot Wave, in 2019. Gadot and Varsano owned a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, which she helped run, that eventually was sold to Roman Abramovich in 2015 for $26 million.Gadot is a black belt in both karate and krav maga and an avid martial artist. She served as a trainer and combat instructor for the IDF. Her martial arts helped land her the role of Wonder Woman. During the 2014 Gaza War, Gadot posted on Facebook a picture of herself and her daughter praying in front of Shabbat candles in support of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), accompanied by a comment that quickly accumulated over 200,000 likes as well as more than 15,000 comments of both support and criticism:

I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children ... We shall overcome!!! #weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf

During the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis, Gadot called for peace between the two territories in a statement that drew backlash for expressing support for Israel and referring to the Palestinians as "neighbors" rather than by name.




Music videos


Beauty pageants

Awards and nominations

See also

Israeli fashion

Women in Israel

Women in the Israel Defense Forces

List of Israelis



External links

Gal Gadot at IMDb

Official website

News about Gal Gadot

Celebration as the Oscars ceremony returns to Hollywood

Celebration as the Oscars ceremony returns to Hollywood

... Mr Orellana s clients include actors Kristin Wiig, Gal Gadot, Emma Roberts, and Chris Pine... Mar 27,2022 4:01 pm

Netflix boss Scott Stuber says Oscar best picture win would be the dream

Netflix boss Scott Stuber says Oscar best picture win would be the dream

... Netflix has announced around 90 original films for this year, with eight in production now including Heart of Stone, starring Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, which is currently shooting in the UK... Mar 27,2022 2:56 pm

Joss Whedon: Buffy and Justice League director denies misconduct claims

Joss Whedon: Buffy and Justice League director denies misconduct claims

... Actors Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher previously claimed Whedon behaved badly towards them on the 2017 superhero movie... Jan 18,2022 4:59 pm

DiCaprio, De Niro, Bieber, and more offer personal coronavirus-Fund-prices

DiCaprio, De Niro, Bieber, and more offer personal coronavirus-Fund-prices

... you belong to Madonna talk, how Covid-19, the great Equalizer while sitting naked in a milky bath full of rose petals; Gal Gadot leads an all-star cover version of Imagine; and Sam Smith, with a quarantine-GAU ... Apr 19,2020 12:02 am

Oscars 2020 images: the best of The ceremony

Oscars 2020 images: the best of The ceremony

... Gal Gadot to pass composer Hildur Guonadottir an Oscar for best original score for their work on the Joker... Feb 16,2020 10:19 am

Not to miss movies lookahead: 20--films up to 2020

Not to miss movies lookahead: 20--films up to 2020

...L to R: Gal Gadot, Robert Pattinson, Yifei Liu and Daniel Craig hindsight is 20/20, the old saying goes word... Feb 16,2020 9:26 am

Justice League: Stars call for the #SnyderCut

Justice League: Stars call for the #SnyderCut

...In news that will get DC Comics megafans insanely excited - and confuse everyone else - Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Ray Fisher have tweeted #ReleaseTheSnyderCut... Feb 16,2020 8:21 am

Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes highest paid actors list again

Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes highest paid actors list again

... Other names to drop out of the top 10 this year include Mila Kunis, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy and Gal Gadot... Feb 16,2020 5:31 am


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