Gal Gadot Online

From first loves to first auditions and their earliest memories of London, the stars of Vogue’s Hollywood portfolio, featuring Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Gal Gadot, Daniel Kaluuya, Diane Kruger, Hong Chau, Andrew Garfield, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Williams, Robert Pattinson, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet share their “firsts” with British Vogue.

Gal does this beautiful interview with Entertainment Weekly and talks about both Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 2.

W asks Gal Gadot about the moment she knew Wonder Woman was a hit, which scenes across her three DC movies was her favorite, what she thought of James Cameron’s slam, and much more. Below the actress — one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year — takes our questions in a deep-dive Q&A recounting her incredible past year.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At the start of 2017, Wonder Woman had wrapped principal production months ago, fans obviously saw you in Batman v Superman, the first trailer for the standalone film had come out. What were your expectations, did you know you had something special that point?
Gal Gadot: There’s always how you feel about something but you never know how it’s really going to be once it’s all done and ready to go. It felt like it was special. When we shot the movie we were so invested and so thoughtful with every decision we made with the character and the story, I was so privileged to work with an amazingly phenomenal filmmaker, Patty Jenkins. But we didn’t expect it to be so well received

Did you have any particular worries?
Those worries happened before we started to shoot the movie. Because this was my first movie that I really carried and led. The heavy lifting was on my shoulders. So I was worried at the beginning. I felt like the little girl looking at Mount Kilimanjaro and thinking: How am I going to climb all the way up? But slowly and gradually the journey to the pinnacle of this mountain was fascinating and exhilarating and exciting and it has a lot to do with the people you’re working with.

Before Wonder Woman there was a story about a leaked memo at Marvel where an executive suggested female superhero movies don’t work. Did you ever get a sense from anyone in the industry before the movie came out that they were skeptical?
I’ve got to be honest and say not really. I read all the articles about how the previous female-led superhero movies didn’t work out very well. It took over 13 years for the studio to really go and shoot Wonder Woman. But once the decision was made, I didn’t fear. And after I witnessed how the audience reacted to Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman I was sure that it was going to do well, I just didn’t know how well. Whenever I read those type of articles it got me boosted and more motivated to show that they’re wrong.

Was the premiere the first time you saw the film? What was your experience like that night?
I’ve become more spiritual the more I grow up. The world has a very interesting way of grounding you and keeping you balanced. When we started to go and promote the movie I injured my back right at the beginning on the airplane to China. The success was so big but I couldn’t really enjoy it. I wasn’t popping champagne. I was laying in bed, not being able to hold my baby. I wasn’t able to sit in the first screening in Los Angeles premiere. I thought it’s like the movie had so much psychological pressure that I carried that my back was literally “broken.” So I didn’t take it for granted. I should really cherish every moment.

When you saw the glowing reviews coming in … what was that like?
It was a Thursday evening and I knew they were lifting the embargo for the reviews at 9 p.m. It was my first time going through such a thing. Usually, I’m not in the loop on when the studio is lifting the embargo. So I put my daughter to bed and I said, “You need to fall asleep, I need to do some work tonight.” And of course that night she was very much awake. I said, “Okay. I’m going to bring my computer and sit next to you until you fall asleep.” So I bring my computer and I start to read all the reviews. I got so excited I called Patty. And the moment I called Patty she answered the phone — it didn’t even ring. She immediately picks up. She’s all, “What’s going on? I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes, not reading anything, literally waiting for you to call me.” I was just screaming: “Ahhhhh!” She said, “It’s good? It’s good?” I said, “It’s unbelievably amazing! I can’t believe this is happening to us right now!” And my daughter, who’s 6 now, and was part of the production — when you work so many hours [your children] come to set and become part of the circus. My daughter got so excited. My daughter asked me, “What’s happening, mama?” I told her: “People are liking the movie. See, if you work hard enough and you have good intentions sometimes in life people appreciate it.”

That’s a wonderful story. You clearly have such a great relationship with Patty. She, of course, had some lengthy negotiations to return as director for Wonder Woman 2. Were you concerned at all that you guys might not be able to reunite?
Um, you want my honest opinion, right?

Of course.
No. I told her I was with her completely and would support her and … you know, I think she’s completely entitled to what she’s going to get, the renegotiations that she did. She just did a phenomenal job and knew how to tell this story in the most interesting way. By doing such a movie, it’s a female-driven movie, it’s a Wonder Woman movie. But there’s a catch in that you don’t want the movie to be just for women and just for women or superhero fans to relate to this story. It was very clear for Patty from the beginning that she wanted this story to be universal, so everyone can relate in different ways to the journey of this character. She did it brilliantly and there was no happier person than me when it was announced she was going to continue and we’re all going to reunite.

W shares that Gal and others will be wearing black to the Golden Globe awards this Sunday!

Mary J. Blige and Allison Janney might be competing against each other for Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, but the pair seems to have already put the competition aside in favor of more important matters: They’re two of just several major actresses who’ve already pledged to wear black to the Globes to raise awareness of the new anti-harassment initiative Time’s Up, which 300 women, including Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, and Shonda Rhimes, all expressed their support for on the first day of the new year.

Following the Harvey Weinstein exposé late last year, which finally opened the floodgates for discussing the rampant sexism and sexual abuse that exist in Hollywood, their move to organize seems only natural. What makes Time’s Up so unique, though, is that its supporters plan not to just take action in their own industry, but across plenty of other fields, too—to the point that its four main initiatives sound semi-quixotic, like “a legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women—like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels—protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.”

Actions like those will undeniably take time, but many are already getting moving on their fourth, much simpler and more immediate request, which was in fact first announced last month: “That women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.”

Gal Gadot, who dominated 2017 with Wonder Woman, and Saoirse Ronan, who’s up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy for her role in Lady Bird, are just some of those who, along with Blige and Janney, confirmed that they’ll be wearing black on Sunday. “I’m bringing one of my best friends with me and she’ll be wearing black also,” Ronan said at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards this week. “The relationships between women are so strong when you have them and it’s about time that we get to experience that in our industry, too, you know?”

“There’s so many women that don’t get a chance to speak in other industries that are not the film industry, the music industry. It’s important for us to stand up for them so they can get a chance to speak,” Blige added. “I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them.”

Gadot wore a bright yellow gown to accept the festival’s Rising Star Award—one she’ll definitely be switching out for Sunday. And while Janney hasn’t decided exactly what she’s wearing yet, one thing’s for certain: “I will be in a black dress,” she confirmed. And, perhaps more importantly, “proud to be standing there with the other actresses.”

The “Wonder Woman” star gushes over the film’s message of girl power, success and her career–and if the hit film’s success has changed her. Listen in.

The Time’s Up movement was the hot topic on the red carpet at the 2018 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala as stars, including Saoirse Ronan, Mary J. Blige, and Gal Gadot tell ET Canada’s Matte Babel why they support the initiative. Plus, more from the night’s big winners.

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