Gal Gadot is about to become a household name as she takes on the iconic role of Wonder Woman in her first solo movie, hitting theatres on June 2.
The film takes fans back to the origins of warrior-princess Diana and explores just how she became one of the world’s most iconic superheroes. For the Israeli-born actress and feminist, playing the titular character in “Wonder Woman” is an important role that she did not take lightly.
Gadot covers the June issue of Marie Claire and in it, she discusses her views on feminism, how she feels about equal rights and how she’s handled adversity as a woman in Hollywood.
“My mom raised my sister and me to be confident women with aspirations,” Gadot reveals. She says she has always felt both capable and equal. “I’m not saying that I’m stronger than most men…but we all have the same brains and we can achieve the same things,” she says.
While she feels equal, she says facing any sort of adversity in the business is difficult as she isn’t one for conflict. “Unlike Wonder Woman, I’m not a fighter [but] I will fight for good,” she admits. One of her fights is for equal rights. She says women still have a long way to go, but she hopes things change soon.
“There’s a long way to go until we can make gender a non-issue. I don’t know if it’ll ever happen. I’m hoping it will because life would be so much cooler and less complicated then. Also, for men, by the way,” Gadot says.
She also talks about her transition from life in Israel to life in Los Angeles, which was hard for her at first.
“When I first came to Los Angeles, I couldn’t read people. In Israel, people have chutzpah. People take issue with it, but I’d rather have that than play games. I prefer to know the truth, not waste time,” she reveals.