Gal Gadot-Varsano, an Israeli actress and model, was born on April 30, 1985. She was crowned Miss Israel 2004 at the age of 18. She subsequently spent two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces before enrolling at the IDC Herzliya College and pursuing her modelling and acting talents.
Gadot made her international cinematic debut in Fast & Furious (2009) as Gisele Yashar, a character she reprised in several later episodes of the franchise. She rose to international fame as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, appearing in films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman. Since then, she has been in the Netflix action comedy Red Notice and the mystery film Death on the Nile.
She was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2018, and she was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. The actress was paid $20 million for the Netflix Original “Red Notice” in 2020. She also purchased a $5 million beachfront Malibu Mansion, another home in the Hollywood Hills, and a home in Israel with her husband, Yaron Varsanom. The husband and wife team started a hotel in Israel, which was sold to Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, for an estimated $26 million. She’s also founded Pilot Wave, a film production firm with aspirations to develop films in which she will star.
Gadot trained and danced jazz and hip-hop for 12 years while growing up in Israel, and her first jobs included babysitting and working at a local Burger King. She majored in biology and graduated from Begin High School in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. In Israel, Jewish high schools frequently send their sophomores on a Holocaust commemoration tour to Poland, where they can see Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps. Gadot reflected: “I was standing atop a mountain of ashes. I, as an entitled youngster, felt the pain that Muselmann was going through at the time. My eyes welled up with tears as I prepared to give my address at the funeral service, and I couldn’t stop shivering.”
At the age of 18, Gadot entered the Miss Israel pageant, thinking it would be a fun experience. She told Glamour magazine, “I never believed I’d win.” She enlisted as a combat fitness instructor in the Israel Defense Forces at the age of 20 to complete her two-year required military service. Her military training, she claims, helped her land the role of Gisele in Fast & Furious. “I believe the main reason was that director Justin Lin appreciated the fact that I was in the military and wanted to use my firearm knowledge.” Gadot studied law and government at the IDC Herzliya campus in Herzliya, Israel, after her military duty.
Wonder Woman and other movies
In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night and the action-adventure comedy Knight and Day, both of which she played minor roles in. She returned to the Fast & Furious franchise in 2011, resuming her role as Gisele in Fast Five; she reprised the role in Fast & Furious 6 in 2013.
In the blockbuster film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gadot played Wonder Woman (2016). In order to prepare for the part, Gadot studied swordsmanship, Kung Fu, kickboxing, capoeira, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. One of the best elements of the picture was Gadot’s performance as the superhero, which was the character’s debut appearance in film. On the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman’s first appearance, Gadot, fellow Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach appeared at the United Nations to mark the character’s designation by the UN. The gesture was made to promote UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. UN staff members objected to the decision, claiming that the figure is “not culturally comprehensive or sensitive” and serves to objectify women in a petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. As a result, the character’s designation was removed, and the project came to a stop.
She also acted alongside Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul in John Hillcoat’s criminal thriller Triple 9, which was released in 2016. Later that year, she played opposite Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones in the action crime thriller Criminal as the wife of Ryan Reynolds’ character. Her final film of the year was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she co-starred with Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher as a secret spy. In 2017, Gadot starred as Wonder Woman in a standalone film. She returned to the role in the ensemble film Justice League, which came out in November 2017 and was her third appearance in the DC Extended Universe.
Outside the reel life
In 2008, Gadot married Yaron “Jaron” Varsano, an Israeli real estate entrepreneur. They have three children, the first of whom was born in 2011, the second in 2017, and the third in 2021. Pilot Wave, their own film and television production company, was founded by the two in 2019. Gadot and Varsano co-owned and ran a boutique hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel, which was subsequently sold to Roman Abramovich for $26 million in 2015. Gadot is a karate black belt and a krav mag. She worked for the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat instructor and trainer. Her martial arts training has aided her in landing the role of Wonder Woman. Gadot shared a photo of herself and her daughter praying in front of Shabbat candles on Facebook during the 2014 Gaza War.
Gadot advocated for peace between the two areas during the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis in a statement that garnered criticism for expressing support for Israel and referred to Palestinians as “neighbours” rather than by name. In 2020, Gadot will take over as the celebrity endorser for Smartwater, succeeding Jennifer Aniston.