Create & Cultivate 100: Entertainment: Gal Gadot

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THE IRL WONDER WOMAN. 

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In 2017 Wonder Woman finally got the super hero and blockbuster movie it deserved. 

 Played by Gal Gadot, an ex–Israeli soldier and actress, caused Wonder Woman fever at the box office. Studio projections suggested the film would gross $65 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. Instead, it earned $103 million, female moviegoers turning out in record numbers. 

Surprise! We like a female superhero.

Gal also made headlines when she refused to stay attached to the franchise if producer Brett Ratner stayed on board. It was soon after announced that he would no longer be attached to the project. 

That's what we call superpowers. 

More on Gal below.

On her Hollywood plans:

I feel like I'm just in my beginning. After ten years [of acting], now I'm starting.

On what she was like as a kid:

I really liked to perform. My mother always tells this story: I was five. They had a party, and they'd put me to bed. I heard everyone on the rooftop, and I went upstairs. No one paid any attention to me, so I took a hose and sprayed everyone. [Laughs.] Very elegant, right? "It's meeeee! Look at me!" I loved the attention. But I never connected all the dots that maybe I should be an actress.

On acting:

It's going with but feeling without.

On communication in English and Hebrew being her first language. 

Language is about communication, and if you don't feel comfortable with your accent, you don't feel comfortable to communicate. If you learn that you're different and it's okay and you feel comfortable with it, then slowly other people start to feel comfortable with it.

I like it that it's a vulnerable place, and I expose it because I learn more [from] it. I wouldn't want to be in a place where I say wrong things and people are afraid to correct me… [Sometimes] I feel so stupid. Because in Hebrew, whenever I take interviews, whenever I speak to anyone—I read a lot growing up, and it's important for me to sound eloquent and have good vocabulary, and be really precise with what I intend to say—I have the grammar. But in English, it doesn't matter how many times I'll read—you know, I'll make a list of words that I like to use—it's just not in my DNA yet.

"I say let's own who we are and use it as a strength."

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On female strengths:

I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it's a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let's own who we are and use it as a strength.

This has been edited and condensed form multiple sources. 

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