Gal Gadot is a striking woman and her performance in the latest super-heroine movie Wonder Woman is quite impressive. Yet, this is not Gal’s first rodeo as one might suspect – she’s been hitting the big screen in a variety of other movies. We’ve definitely seen her before, but where? She went from Miss Israel to an actress in no time and here’s how it all went on. And the funny thing is, when Gal Gadot auditioned for the Wonder Woman movie, she didn’t even know about her role! She thought it was something from the Batman Universe, but had no idea she’d play the independent Diana of Themyscira. Here are 12 amazing roles Gal Gadot played before Wonder Woman.
Lisa (Entourage, 2009)
Striking Gal Gadot started her career by winning the Miss Israel pageant. She then did some modeling and finally decided to study at the Law and International relations school. So what did she do next?
Natanya (Date Night, 2010)
Gal had no intention of becoming Miss Universe, after all, she didn’t even want to win Miss Israel in the first place. That’s why the intelligent young woman decided to mess things up a little here and there. She was late to rehearsals, wore wrong clothes on purpose, and even pretended to know English poorly when Paula Abdul asked her some questions. She failed brilliantly!
Gisele Yashar (Fast & Furious, 2009)
Gal played a supporting character, Gisele Yashar, in the first installment of Fast & Furious released in 2009. It was Gal’s first ever American movie! Before that she starred in an Israeli drama Burbot.
Gisele Yashar (Fast Five, 2011)
Gal was originally testing for the Bond girl, but the casting director decided otherwise and she ended up in the Fast & Furious franchise. Starting with a supporting role in the first movie, she later became one of the major characters.
Gisele Yashar (Fast & Furious 6, 2013)
And yes – again! The Fast & Furious franchise turned out to be a long-lasting one and Gal Gadot stayed for the most of it. This time Gal Gadot showed some character and announced she was going to do all the stunts herself. Director Justin Lin had to accept the ultimatum and even created more action scenes for the girl.
Elena Vlasov (Triple 9, 2016)
The chance of playing a Bond girl is what actually made Gal fall in love with acting. Before that she thought she was too serious for this profession! Gal’s Elena Vlasov has only a few lines in Triple 9, playing the sister of Kate Winslet’s character. But by the time the movie went out she had already been cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Naomi (Knight and Day, 2010)
Released the same year as Date Night, Gal Gadot starred in Knight and Day, an action comedy featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Although Gal Gadot had a minor role playing the main villain’s henchwoman, the movie was a success at the box office.
Natalie Jones (Keeping Up with the Joneses, 2016)
Gal Gadot landed a pretty significant role in Keeping Up with the Joneses, where she got to play one of the secret agents in disguise, co-starring with Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis. The movie wasn’t much of a box office success, but Gal admitted it was real fun to play in the movie alongside amazing actors.
Jill Pope (Criminal, 2016)
In the movie Criminal Gal Gadot plays Jill Pope, an utterly independent and fierce woman who’s capable of protecting her body, home and child, but has a hard time sorting things out when an unknown guy appears in the basement of her house claiming that he has her dead husband’s brain (with all the memories and such).
Olivia (The Beautiful Life, 2009)
Ashton Kutcher’s The Beautiful Life TV show didn’t air for long – it was cancelled after only 2 episodes because of low ratings. Starring Mischa Barton, Sara Paxton, and Gal Gadot, the show’s plot revolves around the lives of models. Although it didn’t run on TV, Ashton Kutcher published the series on the YouTube, turning it into a Web series.
Wonder Woman (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2016)
Many critics believe that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was the best thing that could happen to the movie (but, alas, even she didn’t save it). Playing alongside Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot portrayed a highly believable, fierce and beautiful Amazonian warrior.