Gal Gadot almost gave up her Hollywood dreams before nabbing the coveted role of the first ever actress to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen. Looking back at her journey in light with next week’s release of Wonder Woman, the Israeli actor candidly admits how she was beaten up by the constant rejection in the show business that she considered stepping away from it altogether.
Prior to debuting Diana Prince in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gadot was only in a handful of projects with smaller parts. Her most prominent role at that time was a recurring part in the long-running, automobile-centric franchise Fast and Furious, where she appeared in 3 out of the 8 films (2009’s Fast and Furious, 20011’s Fast Five, and 2013’s Fast and Furious 6) as Giselle Yashar.
While doing the press rounds for the upcoming release of Wonder Woman, Gadot dropped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where she recalled how she was planning to pull the plug on her career before her current gig came:
“This profession, the rejection is tough. I had so many almost and another camera test and it was almost mine. Then another and another. I was telling my husband, I’m not sure how long I can take it. Dragging my family to Los Angeles doing this.”
Gadot then continued to tell the tale of how DC Expanded Universe proponent and Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder invited her to do an audition tape for an unknown role. Little did she know though that the part she was trying for would ultimately alter the course of her career:
“I got a phone call from Zack Snyder who wanted to audition me for this secret role. I did the audition. It went great. I went back to Israel to shoot a movie and I didn’t know if I wanted to continue acting afterwards. I’m in Israel, they tell me they wanted to do a camera test–again, a camera test, again–another almost, almost. [I asked] ‘What am I being tested for? What’s the part?’ My agent goes, ‘They didn’t tell you?’ Zack calls me and tells me, ‘I dunno if you have this character in Israel, if she’s big or not, but did you ever hear about Wonder Woman?’ [I said] ‘Wonder Woman, I’ll be there yeah.'”
Gadot has never shied away from openly talking about the more sensitive issues of her landing the Wonder Woman role. In numerous occasions, she addressed how some fans were very skeptical about her giving justice to the character. She was scrutinized for almost everything – from her acting abilities to her physical resemblance of the Amazonian princess. But it seems that all of that will soon be forgotten with initial reviews of the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman movie positive.
Now, the actress has her next few years booked for a couple more movies in the DCEU, as she is expected to continue playing the role of the iconic superhero after she leads her own film with next week’s Wonder Woman. In fact, even before the year ends in November, she will once again suit up to join the other superheroes in the shared universe for the first Justice League film.