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Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot
Director and actor, ‘Wonder Woman’
Category: Power Squad

In summer 2015, Gadot and Jenkins met for the first time at a sushi restaurant in Atlanta, where the actress was filming Keeping Up With the Joneses. “After two or three hours, I felt like I was sitting with one of my best friends because we have so many things that are similar in our lives with our families, the way we see the world,” says Gadot. That dinner marked the birth of a formidable power couple: The eventual Wonder Woman director, who directed Charlize Theron to a best actress Oscar in 2003’s Monster, and her star would create a film whose $822 million global box-office haul shattered records (the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman) and exceeded the financial and critical goals of Warner Bros., which has launched an Oscar campaign for it. So what if it was an arranged marriage set up by the studio, with Jenkins having no say in who would headline her most ambitious project to date (Gadot had already appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman).

“I am so picky about casting,” admits Jenkins. “But this process was a wonderful experience of trusting that it can happen another way than having to rely on just myself and my instinct. I couldn’t have gotten luckier than Gal.” After drawn-out negotiations, Jenkins has signed on for a 2019 sequel (with a record payday for a female director: in the $7 million to $9 million range with significant backend). And that had Gadot breathing a sigh of relief. “Patty has this amazing ability of being so emotionally connected to the story,” she says. “I feel like I am the luckiest actress alive.”

Hollywood woman I’d switch jobs with for a day

Gadot: “No one. I love what I do. Sometimes it’s pure fun and enjoyable and sometimes challenging and difficult, but I love it because it’s my special journey.”

The three guests at my dream dinner party would be

Gadot: “Stephen Hawking, Malala Yousafzai and Patty Jenkins.”

Last show I binged

Gadot: The Handmaid’s Tale

TV or film character I most identify with

Gadot: “Borat. Ha!”

How I’d spend an extra day

Gadot: “Enjoy it with my family amid beautiful scenery — or sleep!”


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