The new “Cleopatra” Gal Gadot had a similar career path to TV star Linda Carter, who also started as a beauty queen and become a successful actress. Keep reading as we reveal why the star of the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984” gave up on becoming Miss Universe and other wonderful secrets!
1) Gal Gadot entered a beauty pageant just to please her mom.
When she finished school, before going to the army, her mother wanted her to take part in the Miss Israel beauty contest and asked if she could send her photo. She just answered, whatever, and never imagined that she could win!
Then the 32-24-34 in. model was chosen, and she got very scared about the responsibility of the role. So when she competed for Miss Universe she really tried hard not to win again. She came late to all the rehearsals and wasn't wearing the right gowns for the events.
2) Why did Gadot hang up her beauty queen crown?
"Wonder Woman" star recalls a very funny anecdote. One of the judges was singer Paula Abdul, and she asked her something. "I was like [says Gadot using a heavy Hebrew accent] "Me no speak English very well, sorry." I did everything to make sure it wasn’t going to happen.”
3) Can you believe that she never intended to become an actress?
The beauty’s dream was to become a lawyer because she wanted to be taken seriously. Thank God she has a persistent agent who encouraged her to audition to be the Bond girl in “Quantum of Solace”.
In the end, she didn't get the 007 part but it helped to put her on the radar. She was cast for the "Fast and the Furious" that helped her to realize that acting was so much more fun than studying law.
4) Training for Wonder Woman role was tougher than being in the army!
The actress revealed she gained 17 pounds of muscle while training to become the Amazonian heroine. She is really glad because she feels stronger and has a better posture. However, it was tougher than her army training with lots of combat training and horse riding!
5) She is a motorcycle enthusiast but gave up when she became a mom.
Just like A-list star Tom Cruise, Gadot enjoys doing her own stunts! She is very physical and enjoys driving motorcycles. However, thought it's best to give them up when she became a mother.
What we really admire her is that she is so down to earth. She is not the typical Hollywood star with a million affairs and a turbulent romantic life.
She just celebrated her 12th year wedding anniversary with Yaron Varsanoan an Israeli real estate developer. The happy couple have two lovely daughters, Maya and Alma.