"Wonder Woman" Star Gal Gadot Was a Very Reluctant Pageant Queen

When Gal Gadot was 18, she entered the Miss Israel pageant, almost on a whim — and she won. From there, she was shepherded off to the Miss Universe competition, where she was "very naughty" in order to avoid another triumph. She didn't set out to be an actress — instead, she studied law and international relations — but when she started going to castings, she realized "acting is so much more fun." Get to know one of the newest members of the DC Comics universe, here.

Released on 4/12/2017

Transcript

00:03
The first movie that made a big impression
00:06
on me was Princess Bride.
00:08
My name is Inigo Montoya.
00:10
You killed my father.
00:11
Prepare to die. (interviewer laughs)
00:12
I think that The NeverEnding Story
00:14
was the first movie crush that I had.
00:18
Atreyu was his name?
00:21
He was the boy from the book, the warrior.
00:23
And I just remember watching this movie for like 20 times.
00:28
I had a thing for boys with long hair when I was nine.
00:32
(everyone laughs)
00:35
I was 18.
00:36
I just graduated high school,
00:38
and I had some time in between going to the army.
00:41
My mom figured, Hey, why don't I send your photo?
00:44
You're finished school and this is like proper pageant.
00:48
Whatever.
00:49
I got in, and I never thought I would win.
00:53
And then I won, and then it scared me.
00:57
I was like, What, Miss Israel?
00:58
All the responsibility of being Miss Israel.
01:02
[Interviewer] But did you go to
01:03
Miss Universe with Miss Israel?
01:04
Yes!
01:05
And I was very naughty.
01:07
I wasn't behaving.
01:08
I'm a really good girl, but because I was afraid
01:12
I'm gonna win again, because I didn't wanna win
01:14
the Miss Israel pageant and then I won, I figured,
01:16
Oh, no, I don't want them to choose me again!
01:20
So, I came down late to all the rehearsals
01:23
and I wasn't wearing the right evening gowns for breakfast.
01:29
I even remember Paula Abdul.
01:31
She was one of the judges there
01:32
and she was asking me a question,
01:33
and I was like, I'm sorry, English, not so good.
01:37
(laughs)
01:38
'Cause I just didn't wanna have anything to do with that.
01:41
I wasn't an actress back then.
01:43
This casting director flew from England to Israel,
01:46
and she was looking for the Bond girl.
01:48
When my agent told me about that, I was like,
01:50
No way I'm gonna audition.
01:53
I'm studying law and international relationship.
01:57
I'm way too serious and smart for being an actress.
02:00
I had a callback, and another callback, and another.
02:03
And throughout this process, I realized that,
02:06
Goddamn, like, acting is so much
02:10
more fun than going to law school.
02:14
Growing up, I knew of Wonder Woman,
02:17
but I didn't know much about her.
02:19
I wasn't a big comic book fan.
02:22
[Interviewer] Controversial when you were cast, initially.
02:25
Yeah, 'cause I had too small of boobs.
02:28
That's a big problem.
02:30
(everyone laughs)
02:33
They really paid attention to the important part.
02:36
A day after I was told that I got the part,
02:40
they let me wear the Wonder Woman suit for the first time
02:44
and I almost died 'cause it was really, really tight.
02:46
Really tight, like really, really tight.
02:49
But I didn't say anything 'cause I was so happy.
02:52
But then I lost air, and then they figured it was too tight.
02:56
(laughs)
02:57
I must remember my first kiss.
02:59
What am I, a guy?
03:01
Okay.
03:02
Oh, yeah, of course, because it wasn't so romantic.
03:06
It was in a club with a guy that I didn't even care.
03:08
But all of my girlfriends had already kissed,
03:11
and I was 16 and it was about time.
03:16
So, I just did.
03:17
Went with the flow.
03:19
Obviously, it didn't leave much impression.
03:21
(laughs)
03:22
I loved Madonna.
03:24
Eighties and nineties.
03:26
[Interviewer] Uh-huh.
03:26
With the Jean Paul Gaultier bra.
03:27
Mm, love that.
03:29
Vogue, ugh!
03:31
I was a dancer for like 12 years.
03:33
I loved dancing, I loved performing, I loved the attention.
03:38
And we did the Vogue at the show,
03:41
and I was the one to wear a fake...
03:44
(laughs)
03:45
A fake cone bra.
03:48
We were a group of many, many girls,
03:51
and I just remember the manager of school
03:54
sitting right in front.
03:55
She didn't know anything about it.
03:57
I just heard, Oy vey!