What the stars of 'Wonder Woman' looked like in 2004
We turn the clock back on the cast of one of 2017's hottest films.
Have you heard the news? "Wonder Woman" has officially become DC Comics' most successful film to date, with critical acclaim, inspirational fan reactions and even rumblings of an Academy Award nomination. In many ways, the Amazon warrior princess has completely conquered not just Hollywood, but the world.
For those who have been following Israeli actress Gal Gadot and her development of the iconic character, such wild success is not surprising. It started with her beloved cameo in last year's "Batman v Superman," grew with each phenomenal trailer, and stood out for its inspiring message.
"I do love everything that Wonder Woman represents," Gadot said. "She stands for love and compassion and acceptance and truth, and I think that those values are so important, especially nowadays with everything that’s going on in the world. I do believe that if each and every one of us had a little bit of Wonder Woman’s values, the world would be a better place."
In honor of "Wonder Woman's" success, we thought it would be fun to turn back the clock to 2004 and see where some of the cast were in their lives and careers. Why that year? 2004 marked the introduction of Gal Gadot to the world. It's safe to say that it hasn't been the same ever since.
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
After winning the Miss Israel competition at the age of 18 in 2004, Gal Gadot went on to compete internationally in the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador. As she recently recalled to People magazine (and perhaps as evidenced by the smirk in the photo above), she did not have her heart set on winning.
“I really didn’t want to win the Miss Universe pageant,” she said. “I was 19. I wasn’t that type of girl. I rebelled. I came down late. I showed up late to everything. They make you wear evening gowns for breakfast. I didn’t wear evening gowns to breakfast. I didn’t wear my makeup. I remember Paula Abdul was part of the judges and she was asking me a question and I just said I don’t understand. And I successfully didn’t win.”
After a short stint in law school, and an audition as a Bond girl, Gadot earned a role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise and never looked back.
"I hope it's not going to sound too spiritual, but when you're proactive and you're good to the world and your surroundings and people, it's karma, and good things happen to you," she told Interview Magazine. "Eventually, the universe will knock on your door and tell you, 'You don't need to be here; you need to be over there doing something else.' That's what happened to me. I fell in love with it and gave it my all."
Chris Pine – Steve Trevor
Long before he took command of the USS Enterprise as Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" franchise or charmed Wonder Woman as Steve Trevor, American actor Chris Pine was wooing actress Anne Hathaway in 2004's "The Princess Diaries 2."
"I remember it [the movie] being such a blast to make,” he told Celebuzz. "I have a feeling my hair in that film was so much more humiliating than anything you could ever imagine."
While his character's chances of returning for a Wonder Woman sequel appear slim, fans of Pine can look forward to seeing him star next year in the film adaptation of the classic novel "A Wrinkle in Time."
Robin Wright – General Antiope
Actor Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn attend the premiere for the film 'The Assassination Of Richard Nixon' at the 57th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2004, in Cannes, France. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
While she's known today for her commanding presence in the TV series "House of Cards" and as General Antiope in "Wonder Woman," in 2004 American actress Robin Wright was best known for her turn as Jenny Curran in "Forrest Gump" and as Princess Buttercup in "The Princess Bride." Ironically, it was this role in the 1987 romantic comedy that made a first indelible impression on her "Wonder Woman" co-star Gal Gadot.
And Wright is having more fun today than early on in her career. "I feel very blessed," she said. "I'm in my 40s. I don't inject my face with Botox. And I've done more work in the past five years than I've probably done in my whole career. You couldn't pay me enough money to go back to being 20. So many tears, what a nightmare it was. It's much better being older."
In addition to a cameo in the upcoming "Justice League" film, Wright will also next be seen in the science fiction thriller "Blade Runner 2049."
Danny Huston – General Erich Ludendorff
Actor Danny Huston attends the photo call for his movie 'Silver City' at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival on Sept. 23, 2004, in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
In 2004, American actor Danny Huston went from relative unknown to Hollywood star. In addition to starring roles in critically acclaimed films like "The Constant Gardener" and "The Proposition," Huston also starred opposite future "Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio in the dramatic biopic "The Aviator." He's been working virtually non-stop ever since.
"I was in a frustrated state in Los Angeles,” Huston recalled to the Telegraph, "and years were going by, literally, while I tried to get films made. So friends and fellow directors, out of the kindness of their hearts, gave me small parts. The parts got bigger and, before I knew it, I was an actor."
Connie Nielsen – Queen Hippolyta
Before ruling the mythical island of Themyscira as Queen Hippolyta in "Wonder Woman," Danish actress Connie Nielsen was best known for critically acclaimed roles in "Gladiator" and "One Hour Photo."
"I think acting is an extraordinarily healthy profession, which some might disagree with," she told Backstage. "I have grown so much as a human being by being forced to be open and observing emotions. It has helped me avoid depression and to roll with the punches. It has helped with how my appearance seems to others and being empathetic."
David Thewlis – Ares
Wonder Woman's mysterious villain, British actor David Thewlis in 2004 was better known to audiences as the werewolf Remus Lupin in the "Harry Potter" franchise. The former punk rocker and published author told The Independent that the secret to his success is staying busy on a variety of creative fronts.
"I keep myself content by doing lots of different stuff and make sure that my next role is completely different to the last," he said. " I just enjoy the versatility of it, the challenge of doing lots of different things. It keeps the job interesting."
Elena Anaya – Dr. Poison
"When I'm working on a character, I don't look at other movies, like to see 'I like this, I don't like this,'" she told Horror.com. "Now, I saw a lot of vampire movies, like everyone. But I tried to make this character like two different states; one is really human, and the other is a monster. Half a bat, half a human. Because we are bats, we're flying. I tried to do the humanity, the human feeling and the heart that this bride has inside."
As for the delicious evil character she played in "Wonder Woman," Anaya told The Verge she would be open to going behind the mask once more for the sequel. "As you know, when these movies are made, they ask you basically to marry them for the rest of your life," she said. "I’d be so happy to be back, to be able to be evil again. It’s so good, it’s so fantastic."
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