What is Gal Gadot's mysterious ‘very, very special project?'
We predict 4 potential ideas for Wonder Woman's next big move.
A superhero's work is never done. This is no more evident than with Gal Gadot, who experienced a meteoric rise to fame this summer with her role as Wonder Woman.
When she stopped by to record the new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast (she is, after all, being considered for an Oscar), she talked with host Scott Feinberg about her upbringing just outside of the Mediterranean metropolis of Tel Aviv, her early career and the role that eventually changed her life. She coyly ended the hour-long interview with this statement: "There's a very, very special project that I'm working on and I can't wait to share it."
All of which sent us buzzing this morning, trying to figure out what that project might be. We already know about her upcoming roles in "Justice League" and the "Wonder Woman" sequel (which can't come soon enough!). So we convened a team of the best internet sleuths (aka our staff at the morning editorial meeting) and followed a path of digital breadcrumbs down a rabbit hole and got into detective mode. Here's our best guesses of what that special project might be ...
Open a dance academy
For the 32-year-old Gadot, personal fitness has always played an important role in her life. And it's not just the countless hours she put in training for her role as a superhero. As a kid, Gadot was encouraged to play outside by her mother, a physical education teacher. "Growing up there was never sitting, watching TV after school," she said. "She gave me the ball and she said go out and play with the neighbors. I was very active. I did lots of different types of sports. And I think that when I started to dance, that was my biggest passion growing up. So I'd say my friends and my dancing were a huge part of my growing up." Indeed, after graduating high school, she briefly considered a career as a choreographer.
Her native Israel is already home to the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, so our guess is if Gadot would go this route, she'd open a dance academy for young girls in Los Angeles, where she recently relocated with her family.
Expanding her influence as a role model
And speaking of young girls ... with Wonder Woman serving as a role model for a whole new generation of superheroes, it wouldn't surprise us if her project had something to do with her newfound status as a feminist icon. "It's a privilege to be able to affect people to such an extent, especially the little people. It's the best," said the mother of two girls, a 5-year-old and a newborn. "To be a feminist, to me, is all about freedom of choice and equality. And I think that everyone should be a feminist." Perhaps she'll launch some sort of initiative to inspire her millions of impressionable fans. "When I choose a role, I always think about whether my daughter can get something out of it when she watches the movie later after she's grown up," she said.
Launch a new philanthropic organization
Gadot is nothing if not humble. During the podcast, she reiterated a theme that she's made in countless other interviews: "I never planned on any of this. I'm the luckiest girl in the world, and I'm the best version of myself when I do that," adding: "I couldn't be more happier or grateful." Throughout her career, Gadot has never been much for pomp and circumstance. She loves retelling the story of how she reluctantly entered the Miss Universe pageant or how she still doesn't even know how to properly put on makeup. Family is what's most important to her. Indeed, she almost quit acting a week before she auditioned for Wonder Woman just so she could spend more quality time with her family back in Israel. Now that she's become the star of one of the most successful superhero movies in history, our bet is that she's looking to give back. Whether that's through a nonprofit organization she'll start, or through charitable donations to existing organizations that she finds important, we'll just have to wait and see.
Make a TV show about lawyers where everybody is nice
At the time when Gadot was deciding what to do with her life, a hit American TV show was being broadcast in Israel. "'Ally McBeal' was really big," Gadot told The Hollywood Reporter with a laugh. "I loved the style of 'Ally McBeal,' and I was thinking of becoming a lawyer." She started law school at Israel's Interdisciplinary College, but it didn't pan out. She landed an acting audition, and the rest is the stuff of Hollywood history. “It was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is so much more fun than law school!" she exclaimed. It all worked out for the best as Gadot said she wasn't cut out to be a lawyer anyway. "I like harmony. I like when people get along."
Maybe she could combine her love of acting with the drama of a courtroom. With so many legal thrillers on TV, a kumbaya show with congenial attorneys would be welcome indeed.
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