With striking good looks, a tough-as-nails onscreen persona and a killer physique to boot, it’s no surprise that Gal Gadot is set to be Hollywood’s next big star. But fret not if her name doesn’t ring a bell: here’s everything you need to know about Gal – including her latest movie role that’s sure to set the silver screen ablaze.
She’s an exotic beauty
Hailing from the town of Rosh HaAyin in Israel, the 30-year-old has Polish, Austrian, German and Czech ancestry. In her native Hebrew language, Gal means “wave” and Gadot means “riverbanks” or “shores”.
She is a former beauty queen
At the age of 19, Gal clinched the title of Miss Israel 2004 and went on to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant in Ecuador.
She’s an action star
You’d probably know her better as Gisele Yashar, the feisty former Mossad agent in the fourth, fifth, and sixth instalments of The Fast & Furious movies.
She’s not just a pretty face
Unlike most Hollywood starlets, Gal has a lethal combination of brains, beauty, and yes, brawn. After serving for two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, she enrolled in university to study law. The motorcycle enthusiast is a daredevil too: she did all her stunts in Fast & Furious.
She is one of Israel’s top earning models
In 2013, Forbes ranked Gal as the second highest earning model in Israel, behind Sports Illustrated supermodel Bar Refaeli. Her takings that year? 2.4 million shekels (US$600, 000).
She’s a mother of one
In the midst of establishing herself in Hollywood, Gal found time to start a family. In 2008, she tied the knot with her long-term partner, Israeli businessman Yaron Varsano and they welcomed a baby girl, Alma three years later.
She nearly became a Bond Girl
Shortly after starting university, Gal auditioned for the role of Camille Montes in the film Quantum of Solace. She lost the part to Olga Kurylenko but was instead offered a role in Fast & Furious.
She’s the next Wonder Woman
With a slew of action films under her belt, Gal has scored her biggest and most prolific role yet: as the iconic Amazonian super heroine Wonder Woman. Are you just as excited as we are? Because we sure can’t wait to see her kick ass alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
She’s also the new face of Gucci Bamboo
Proving that Gal’s rise to superstardom is only just beginning, Gucci has named her as the face of its new fragrance, Gucci Bamboo. Feminine yet strong, subtle yet intense, delicate yet passionate; these are all the qualities of the classic Gucci woman – something that without doubt, Gal embodies to a tee.