Actress Gal Gadot, who rose to fame with her role as Wonder Woman, unexpectedly won the Miss Israel pageant and was sent to participate in the Miss Universe competition. However, she deliberately lost points during the contest. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actress reminisced about the experience and recounted how she responded in a thick local accent when asked by Paula Abdul, one of the judges, saying “I’m sorry, I don’t know English.” She revealed that she did everything possible to ensure that she did not win the crown.
Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress who rose to international fame as Wonder Woman, once participated in the Miss Universe 2004 competition held in the United States. In a 2016 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she revealed that she did not enjoy being a beauty queen and did not find it to be a good fit for her personality. She explained that she was not the type of woman who enjoyed being in that position. When questioned about why she entered the Miss Israel pageant when she was just 18 years old, the 1.78m tall actress disclosed that she registered to compete because she knew that contestants would be flown to Europe. She wanted to be able to tell her future children and grandchildren that she once competed in a beauty pageant. Despite having stunning looks and a tempting figure, Gal Gadot did not feel confident in her own beauty. In a throwback post on Instagram, the actress shared a photo of herself being crowned Miss Israel and admitted that she did not understand why they chose her that night.
Gal Gadot didn’t immediately pursue a career in the entertainment industry after winning a beauty pageant. Instead, she enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces and served as a combat instructor for two years. Upon completion of her military service, Gadot went to university to study Law and International Relations with the aim of becoming a lawyer. Although she tried to avoid acting, her talent was recognized by casting agents and directors, leading to several TV appearances in Israel. In 2008, she auditioned for the role of Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, which ultimately went to another actress. To improve her acting skills, Gadot returned to school to study acting, and later landed a role in Fast and Furious 5. Her military experience has proven to be an advantage in the action genre, which she enjoys.
Gal Gadot’s superb portrayal of Wonder Woman has earned her worldwide recognition and praise. Her career took a major leap when she bagged the role of the female superhero in the 2017 blockbuster movie, Wonder Woman. The tremendous success of the film, with box office earnings of over $800 million, catapulted Gal Gadot to stardom almost instantly. For the sequel, the actress was offered a whopping $10 million, a significant increase from the $300,000 she received for the first film. Moreover, Gal Gadot has also signed a lucrative deal to play the lead character in the forthcoming movie, Cleopatra. Apart from her successful professional life, Gal Gadot enjoys a happy married life with her millionaire husband, Yaron Varsano. The couple got married in 2008, and they have been blessed with two daughters.