We couldn’t be more excited to see Gal Gadot, 30, take on the role of Wonder Woman! The Isreali actress is gearing up for the big role with a sexy shoot for Glamour magazine’s April issue, where she opened up about suiting up in the famous costume for the role.


Gal opened up about the Wonder Woman audition process. “I was in this weird career phase, going back and forth from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles for auditions. I kept getting pretty far—multiple callbacks, camera tests—then it would be a no. Over and over. I was like, ‘God, Yaron [her husband], maybe I should quit.’ Then my agent called and said Warner Brothers wanted to audition me for something…. Zack [Snyder, the director] called before I met with Ben Affleck. He said, ‘I don’t know if you have this in Tel Aviv, but…have you ever heard of Wonder Woman?’ My jaw dropped. I tried to sound nonchalant, like, ‘Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure.’ [Laughs.],” she said.


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She also discussed feminism. “There are such misconceptions as to what a feminist is. Feminism is about equality. I want all people to have the same opportunities and to get the same salaries for the same jobs. I realize I’m doing what I want to do because of the women before me who laid the groundwork. Without them I wouldn’t be an educated working mother who is following her dreams; I wouldn’t be here,” she said.


As for taking on the famous role, she said it was important for her to play an independent character. “For BvS it was important for me that we show how independent she is. She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else…. She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving…. And it’s all her heart—that’s her strength. 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,” she said.


She also opened up about her past, serving in the Isreali army. “Let me start by saying, I wish no country had the need for an army. But in Israel serving is part of being an Israeli. You’ve got to give back to the state. You give two or three years, and it’s not about you. You give your freedom away. You learn discipline and respect. [After the army] I started studying law at university. While I was there, a casting director for Quantum of Solace saw my modeling card on my agency’s wall, and I auditioned to be a Bond Girl,” she said.


Gal also was candid about her husband and their marriage. “He’s the best man. [Knocks on wood.] We met nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends at this very strange party in the Israeli desert. It was all about yoga, chakras, and eating healthy— we didn’t exactly find ourselves there, but we found each other…. He’s 10 years older than me. He told me on our second date he was serious and wasn’t going to wait more than two years to ask me to marry him. Fast-forward two years; he proposed. We were married in 2008,” she said.


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