Israeli actress Gal Gadot has revealed how she got the coveted role of Diana Prince.
Making her Ellen Degeneres Show debut, Gadot said her flight from Israel to the US had just landed on the tarmac when she saw 30 missed calls. So, still in her airplane seat, she called her agent and was told she got the part but wasn’t allowed to tell anyone. “So, I went ahhhhhhhhhhhh, and everyone looked at me,” she told Ellen.
Gadot also spoke about the audition she did for Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder and how she wasn’t told what part she was trying out for.
After passing the first screen test, Snyder called Gadot to tell her that she was actually auditioning for the role of Wonder Woman. But he wasn’t sure this Israeli knew who Wonder Woman was.
“Zack calls me, saying, ‘Well, I’m not sure if you have it in Israel but did you ever hear of Wonder Woman?’ Then I went dead for five seconds, came back to life, and tried to pull off my coolest voice, saying ‘Wonder Woman? Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard of her,” Gadot said.
The talk show host presented Gadot with an action figure made in her image. Gadot was surprised, then noted that her four-year-old daughter actually “broke the head” of another action figure they have at home of Wonder Woman.
The two women also spoke about how girls will have an awesome role model in Wonder Woman. Gadot said her daughter, Alma, has complained in the past that “princesses always fall asleep and do nothing” and how bringing Wonder Woman to life on the big screen made her feel “so good.”
From Ellen, Gadot made her way over to Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel offered to be Gadot’s love interest in the upcoming Wonder Woman film.
Gadot will appear in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie in a supporting role. She’ll take the lead role in Wonder Woman, due out in 2017.