Gal Gadot, the Hollywood superstar and Wonder Woman 1984 actress, recently revealed that she had come close to quitting acting altogether due to the constant rejection she faced in the industry. However, her fortunes changed when she landed the role of a lifetime as Wonder Woman, and her life has never been the same since.
In a resurfaced 2017 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Gadot opened up about the struggles she faced in the industry, including the constant rejection and the toll it was taking on her family. Despite having minor roles in films like Fast & Furious, she wasn’t seeing the success she had hoped for, leading her to doubt her future in acting.
However, everything changed when she received a call from director Zach Synder, who wouldn’t reveal the role she was auditioning for. Gadot described the confusion and challenges of auditioning without context, but she ultimately aced the screen tests and landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman.
From Fast & Furious to Hollywood Reject
Gadot began her career as a model and beauty pageant contestant before transitioning to acting. She made her film debut in 2009’s Fast & Furious, playing the role of Gisele Yashar. While the film was a box office success, Gadot’s role was relatively minor, and she didn’t receive the same level of attention as some of her co-stars.
Over the next few years, Gadot continued to pursue acting but struggled to land significant roles. She auditioned for various parts and had many close calls, but ultimately, she faced rejection time and time again. Gadot described the toll this took on her in the 2017 interview with Fallon, saying, “I had so many almosts, and another camera test…and I was telling my husband, ‘I’m not sure how long I can take it, dragging my family to Los Angeles, doing this…'”
Despite the setbacks, Gadot remained committed to her craft and continued to hone her skills. She took acting classes and worked with coaches to improve her craft, knowing that her breakthrough role could be just around the corner.
How a Secret Role Changed Gal Gadot’s Life Forever
In 2013, Gadot received a phone call from director Zach Synder, who asked her to audition for a secret role. Gadot was intrigued but confused – she had no idea what the part was or what the story was about. Despite the uncertainty, she decided to go for it.
Gadot described the audition process as challenging, as she had no context for her lines or the character she was playing. However, she impressed Synder and his team enough to be called back for camera tests.
Despite the confusion and uncertainty, Gadot’s talent and hard work paid off. She aced the camera tests and eventually received a call confirming that she had landed the role of Wonder Woman.
Despite having no idea what the role was or even what the story was about, Gadot agreed to the audition.
“You have lines, you get the lines, but you have no idea what the story is about, who’s the character, nothing,” Gadot revealed.
After the audition, Gadot was still unsure about the future of her career. She returned to Israel to shoot an Israeli movie, and had to do some soul searching to decide if she wanted to continue acting.
“I didn’t know if I wanted to continue acting afterwards,” she said.
But fate had more in store for her. Her agent called to inform her that Snyder had liked her audition and wanted her to come back for camera tests. However, Gadot still had no idea what the role was.
“Anyway, I’m in Israel, I get a phone call, they tell me that they want to do a camera test,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Again? Camera test again? Another almost almost?’ And then I’m like, ‘Ok, whatever, what am I being tested for? What’s the part? And then my agent goes, ‘They didn’t tell you?’ I’m like, ‘No.’ So no one knows …”
Despite the uncertainty, Gadot aced the screen tests and finally got a call confirming she had landed the role. She was so excited that she started screaming on the plane, startling everyone around her.
The Role That Changed Everything
The role of Wonder Woman was a game-changer for Gadot. It was a historic role – the first major superhero film to feature a female lead – and it catapulted her to stardom. Gadot’s portrayal of the Amazon warrior was hailed as groundbreaking and inspirational, and she quickly became a role model for young girls around the world.
Since her breakout role, Gadot has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, appearing in several blockbuster films including the Fast & Furious franchise and the DC Extended Universe. She has also become an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, using her platform to speak out on important issues.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Israeli actress. Before landing the role of Wonder Woman, Gadot had been struggling with the constant rejection that comes with being an actor. She had appeared in minor roles in several films, but her career wasn’t progressing as quickly as she had hoped. In a resurfaced 2017 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Gadot spoke candidly about the challenges she faced.
“This profession, the rejection, ooh dude, it’s tough,” she said. “I had so many almosts, and another camera test … and another role, and another role … and I was like, telling my husband, ‘I’m not sure how long I can take it, dragging my family to Los Angeles, doing this…”
It was at this point that Gadot was seriously considering giving up acting for good. But fate had other plans in store for her.
Gadot has also used her platform to speak out on important issues such as gender equality and women’s rights. In 2018, she was one of the signatories of the Time’s Up movement, a campaign against sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. She has also been vocal about the need for more women to be represented in the film industry.