Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman Isn’t There Because of a Love Story

The actress is about to breathe new life into modern feminism and the boys’ club of cinematic superheroes.

Next month, Gal Gadot covers Glamour and shares her thoughts on the thrill of getting the powerful role of the Amazon princess, as well as her long, strange road to stardom.

“If things had gone according to my plans, I’d be a lawyer,” she said in the new issue. “I never dreamt of being an actress.”

Her journey from obscurity to renown began with being crowned Miss Israel at 18, which sent her to the Miss Universe competition.

Gal Gadot Covers the Newest Issue of 'Glamour'
CREDIT: Tom Munro

“When I went to Miss Universe, I rebelled. I was afraid I might get picked again. I showed up late. I came without gowns. They tell you to come to breakfast in a gown. I was like, ‘No way am I having breakfast in a gown!’ Who needs to wear an evening gown at 10:30 a.m.?”

After the beauty competitions, Gadot found herself in a state of limbo, not quite sure where her career was headed next. Often going through the entire casting process but rarely landing the role. “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.”

The beautiful 30-year-old also described the initial call from director Zach Snyder about a role in his movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a role she was definitely familiar with. “My jaw dropped. I tried to sound nonchalant, like, ‘Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure,'” she said.

In the filming process, it became extremely important to Gadot that Wonder Woman be a feminist symbol, but also highlight all the strengths of women, not just the physical toughness a superhero typically embodies.

“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 said. “She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence…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.”

For more, pick up the April issue of Glamour!