All the times Gal Gadot showed us she's the sweetest actress in Hollywood
She's winning fans not just for her stardom, but for her kind and generous heart, too.
She won legions of fans around the world as Wonder Woman in the blockbuster 2017 film. And now, Gal Gadot is continuing to win hearts as ... well, herself. Though she's relatively new to Hollywood, the 32-year-old Israel-born actress is quickly earning a reputation as a genuinely good-hearted, kind, generous person. Here's all the evidence you need:
She gave Kelly Clarkson's daughter an amazing gift and message.
Singer Kelly Clarkson, another celebrity known for being super nice, has a 3-year-old daughter, River Rose. Aside from being absolutely adorable, this girl is also a tried-and-true fan of Wonder Woman. Now, if she was just some average 3-year-old fangirling out over the Amazonian warrior, that would be one thing. But River Rose, as we already mentioned, is Kelly Clarkson's daughter. So not only did this little girl get a personal gift from Gadot herself, she also got a really touching message to go with it: "Dearest River Rose, I wish you all the best. Your mom is the true Wonder Woman."
She supports causes close to her heart.
On Instagram recently, Gal Gadot told the story of a friend’s daughter named Ranni who tragically passed away at a young age from a genetic disorder. "I will never forget her and forever she'll be in my heart,” Gadot wrote. She went on to explain that they created a non-profit organization called Ranni’s Wish Foundation and all the proceeds will benefit the children’s hospital at the Tel Aviv Medical Center. Two fellow Israelis, designers Agas and Tamar, have created a piece of jewelry called Ranni's Wish Bracelet and all proceeds from its purchase go to the foundation.
She adores Patty Jenkins.
Gadot has spoken at length about how much she cherished working with "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins. The two speak fondly of each other at every opportunity. And in a new interview Gadot did with actor Kumail Nanjiani for Variety magazine, the actress explains why that fondness is so strong: They both wanted the same things.
"Patty Jenkins ... she and I were like shoulder to shoulder and we both felt that this is an opportunity to create something special," Gadot explained. "There's something about this genre that's always been looked down on because of the spectacle and ... you know, it's sci-fi. ... So it's either we settle and just do an entertaining movie, or we use this device, this vessel of Wonder Woman with all of its legacy, and we say something good about the world. ... And if you find a way to tell a story in a way that will make people feel hopeful or better, that's an amazing thing."
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She loves to give out treats from her home country of Israel.
While preparing to host "Saturday Night Live" a few weeks ago, Gadot took a little break to visit Jimmy Fallon at "The Tonight Show." There, she introduced Fallon to one of her favorite treats from back home: Milk Chocolate with Popping Candies made by Elite, Israel's top selling candy brand. Fallon's reaction, of course, was to put his mouth super-close to the microphone so everyone could hear how loud this stuff was. (Think Rice Krispies times 100.)
She got emotional watching herself as Wonder Woman for the first time.
Some actors really don't like watching themselves on screen. They start criticizing themselves, picking apart flaws, wondering why certain things were edited out or edited in ... but Gadot doesn't appear to have that problem. In fact, when she watched the pivotal battle scene in "Wonder Woman" for the first time, it was more than just a feeling of accomplishment for her; it was a life-changing moment.
"I cried watching that," Gadot recalled. "I was like, 'Why am I so emotional? They're just riding on horses! But then I was like, 'This is the first time I saw something that is so strong.' A strong woman."
And, you know, strong women cry. If Gadot did it, it must be so.
She feels a responsibility to be a good role model.
Not much more than a year ago, Gadot was anything but a household name. Now, she's a huge star, and she knows that comes with some real responsibilities.
"I think because I'm a mother, I want my girls to have good role models for themselves," she said on "Today" earlier this month. "We showed it in the movie ... that you can be vulnerable, you can be innocent in a way, and truthful and loving ... you can have it all."
She's really good at making people feel better.
At Comic-Con 2017, a young fan walked up to Gadot in tears. It's not totally clear what had upset her, or if she was just overcome with emotion at the sight of her hero. Either way, Gadot was up to the task – and it looks like the young fan was able to compose herself in time to get an autograph. The exchange also left "Justice League" co-star Ben Affleck touched.
She's a dog mom.
To say Gadot has had a busy year is quite the understatement. But that didn't stop Gadot from welcoming Lola, her new dog, into the family shortly after she was finished filming "Wonder Woman." Lola joins Gadot's two daughters, Alma and Maya, and husband Yaron Varsano.
She doesn't mind acting a little goofy.
Lip-synching in her underwear? Not everyone can pull that off with such grace, but Gadot manages it. And the world thanks her.
She's not afraid to drop some knowledge.
Gadot would like to clear a few things up. First, despite popular belief, she is not actually the first person to play Wonder Woman in a feature film. That honor, it turns out, goes to actress Cobie Smulders, who played the legendary princess in "The Lego Movie" in 2014. Second, dinosaurs did not have hair. It's these and other random facts that Gadot was happy to "Galsplain" in a fun video she did for GQ earlier this month.
The industry realizes how sweet she is
At this year's Critics Choice Awards, Gadot will be receiving the annual #SeeHer Award. It recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement to push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape. Gadot broke through last year as a powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman, but in life as well – using her platform to encourage those in the entertainment industry and beyond to strive for fairness and parity across genders.
She doesn't take offense when people pronounce her name wrong.
Gail Gadoh? Gawl Gadaht? Some people will never get this right, but it's all fine with Gadot. In her short time in the spotlight, she's learned at least one valuable lesson: don't take yourself too seriously.
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