Remember this name: Gal Gadot. The Israeli actress and former model is about to hit big screens everywhere as Wonder Woman in this month's blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is currently stealing the show on the international press tour in the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, and Altuzarra. (NB: Wonder Woman the film debuts in 2017.) After speaking with the striking beauty on the phone, it’s clear Gadot is as much a kick-ass female in real life as she is on screen. Ahead, we chat with the star about the importance of her character for young females, spreading the word of gender equality, and her last big fashion splurge. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.
WHAT: Jimmy Kimmel Live
WEAR: Dolce & Gabbana Trapeze Dress in Embroidered Lace ($9500).
WHO WHAT WEAR: You are currently kicking ass as the ultimate female superhero in the upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Tell us about the significance of this role to you:
GAL GADOT: Oh, it’s huge. I love Wonder Woman. I love everything she stands for; I love what she represents. I think that she is such an amazing and iconic character. She’s all about love and truth, equality, justice, and compassion. She’s a whole lot of woman, and I care so much about her. I also know how much people care for her. I feel strongly that it’s so important that we’re bringing her back to life. We have so many amazing, strong male role models, but we don’t have enough female ones, and I hope that we’re starting a trend here by bringing back Wonder Woman. I think it is so important for girls and boys to be exposed to this beautiful and daring female role model.
WWW: It must be incredibly rewarding to play such an iconic female figure. What do you hope our younger generation of women will take away from seeing the film?
GG: Well, first of all I want them to be exposed to strong female characters. And for me, I hope that girls will be inspired and won’t feel like they need to be passive. They can be active and proactive, and they can follow their dreams and do whatever they feel like doing.
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WHAT: Batman v Superman photocall
WEAR: Dolce & Gabbana dress.
WWW: We are obviously dying to know every last detail about your costume! What was it like getting into character each day?
GG: At the end of the day we’re shooting a huge movie that deals with huge values and huge questions, and we come on set and we’re all dressed up in costumes, so there’s only so much you can take yourself seriously. I remember the first time we shot the Trinity, and I was stepping into set and I saw Ben [Affleck] as Batman on the one side and Henry [Cavill] as Superman on the other side. I looked at my costume and I was thinking to myself This is just not real! That was an out-of-body experience. Or seeing Henry dressed as Superman, and just telling him, “Another day at the office, huh, Henry?” It was such a funny feeling!
WWW: Growing up, how did fashion play a role in your life? Who did you look to for style inspiration?
GG: Growing up, I wasn’t so much into fashion. I was a dancer. All I cared about was dancing, and I didn’t care about clothing.
WHAT: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mexico City premiere
WEAR: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress; Harry Kotlar diamond earrings.
WWW: What was your last big splurge?
GG: A Gucci bag. It has a bamboo handle with snake-like jewelry on it, and it’s just gorgeous.
WWW: What is the one item in your wardrobe you find yourself wearing on repeat?
GG: Jeans and a white T-shirt.
WHAT: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, New York premiere
WEAR: Balmain dress; Sophia Webster Rosalind Crystal heels ($495).
WWW: Are there any specific denim brands you like to wear?
GG: I like many of them—Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Rag & Bone. I like an Israeli brand named Castro—all different ones.
WHAT: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, U.K. premiere
WEAR: Prada dress.
For a more affordable version of the dress she wore on Kimmel, shop Dolce & Gabbana's Elbow-Sleeve Cady Daisy Dress ($1995)
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