From Beauty Queen to Hollywood’s Hottest Actress: The Rise of Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot, who was crowned Miss Israel in 2004, has made a name for herself in Hollywood with her powerful roles. In just three years, her earnings have increased by 33 times for a single role, going from $300,000 to $10 million USD.

The trailer for “Wonder Woman 1984,” starring Gal Gadot, has been making waves. Gadot currently resides in a Hollywood hill mansion where many celebrities choose to live for privacy. However, she feels like she doesn’t belong there. In a recent interview with Vogue magazine’s May 2020 issue, she expressed her nostalgia for her life in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she had friends, family, and a beautiful beach just a few steps away.

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Nowadays, Gal Gadot needs to drive for about an hour if she wants to go out and buy some necessities. Her new life requires her to plan everything, especially with a busy filming schedule as a movie star. With her free-spirited personality, adapting to this new lifestyle initially made her struggle in Hollywood.

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Every day, Gal Gadot takes her 9-year-old daughter to school before heading off to the gym for a workout. Sometimes, she sits and waits for her daughter at a nearby cafe, where she reads or works. She rarely misses out on parent activities such as reading to students or attending classroom lectures. While on the move, Gal Gadot often calls her parents or friends who live in Israel. They advise her to slow down, take more time for herself, and not put too much pressure on herself.

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Gal Gadot reminds herself that life always involves making trade-offs. However, she always prioritizes her family over her career. When she received the role of Wonder Woman, the first thing she did was call her husband to share the happy news. In that moment of joy, Gal told her partner that she wanted to have another child. This decision was somewhat risky for a successful Hollywood actress who had worked hard for many years.

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“I believe I’m like a kite. The higher I fly, the more I desire a sturdy string to keep me grounded. I strive to maintain balance in all areas of my life. Along with my career, I prioritize other important aspects, especially my family,” stated the female actress born in 1985.

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Since 2016, the character of Wonder Woman has completely changed Gal Gadot’s life. Success came to the Israeli actress quickly, as if in a dream. The DC blockbuster grossed over $800 million worldwide, setting an unprecedented record for a superhero movie with a female lead at the time.

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However, many fans understand that Gal Gadot had to work hard to achieve success. At the age of 18, she entered the entertainment industry by participating in the Miss Israel contest and won the opportunity to represent her country in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant – where she first captured the hearts of global fans. Gal Gadot spent two years serving in the national army as a physical fitness trainer for soldiers. This job provided her with practical experience that she was able to apply to future action projects.

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After completing her military service, she registered to study law in her hometown while pursuing a career in fashion modeling. One day, Hollywood called Gal Gadot’s agent and invited her to audition for the role of a Bondgirl in Quantum of Solace. Although she was not selected for the film, she made a lasting impression on the head of the casting department. This person helped Gal Gadot land a role in Fast & Furious, which served as a crucial stepping stone in her career.

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To Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman represents more than just a typical entertainment movie. “Diana (Wonder Woman’s real name) is a deity who believes in making humans better. Many young girls are drawn to that character. The movie instills in them the courage to bring about change,” she told Vogue. The film also required Gal Gadot to become a real-life “hero.” The actress is actively involved in gender equality activities in Hollywood. In 2016, the United Nations invited Gal Gadot and the Wonder Woman character to be honorary ambassadors for the organization’s women protection activities.

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Returning to her role, Gal Gadot brings a fresh and relatable portrayal of Wonder Woman in the latest film. Set 66 years after the events of the first movie (in 1918), the story unfolds in a world constantly changing, which inevitably affects Wonder Woman’s journey. Despite the passing of half a century, Diana still fulfills her mission to bring justice and protect the world from evil, while also building herself a perfect persona – the charming, beautiful and successful Diana Prince amidst modern life.

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In the previous Wonder Woman movie released in 2017, Gal Gadot was only paid $300,000 (approximately 7 billion Vietnamese dong). However, for the upcoming sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which will be released on December 18th, Gal Gadot will receive a whopping $10 million (230 billion Vietnamese dong), which is 33 times more. In addition, Warner Bros. will pay her an additional $10 million if they decide to release the movie on their online streaming platform. In total, Gal Gadot will be earning $20 million (460 billion Vietnamese dong) for her role in Wonder Woman 1984, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. To celebrate the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in Vietnam, CJ CGV Vietnam is offering exclusive prizes, including water bottles, makeup bags, and card holders, to VietNamNet readers in Hanoi. To participate, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject “WW84,” your name, address, phone number, and the answer to the question.

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