Israeli actress Gal Gadot has revealed how she got the coveted role of Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman.
Making her Ellen DeGeneres Show debut on Tuesday, Gadot described seeing 30 missed calls on her phone when her flight from Israel to the U.S. landed. Still in her airplane seat, she called her agent and was told she got the part but wasn’t allowed to tell anyone. “So, I went ahhhhhhhhhhhh, and everyone looked at me,” she told DeGeneres.
Gadot also spoke about her audition for Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder and how she wasn’t told what part she was trying out for.
After passing the first screen test, Snyder called Gadot to tell her that she was actually auditioning for the role of Wonder Woman. But he wasn’t sure the Israeli knew who Wonder Woman was.
“Zack calls me, saying, ‘Well, I’m not sure if you have it in Israel but did you ever hear of Wonder Woman?’ Then I went dead for five seconds, came back to life, and tried to pull off my coolest voice, saying ‘Wonder Woman? Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard of her,” Gadot recounted.
The talk show host presented Gadot with an action figure made in her image. Gadot was surprised, then noted that her four-year-old daughter Alma had previously broken the head of another Wonder Woman figure they have at home.
The two women also spoke about how Wonder Woman can be a role model to girls. Gadot said Alma has complained in the past that “princesses always fall asleep and do nothing” and how bringing Wonder Woman to life on the big screen made her feel “so good.”
From there, Gadot made her way over to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Kimmel volunteered to be Gadot’s love interest in the upcoming Wonder Woman film.
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