After testing to play Batman Vs. Superman's Wonder Woman back in November, we reported earlier this month that Gal Gadot has landed the role. The model-actress recently gave her first interview since winning the covet part, and she reveals that she has already begun her training to play the iconic character.
"It's the physical preparations that I'm starting now. A very serious training regime - Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian...1,000 and 1 things...I'll gain body mass."
There have been fans who have spoken out against her casting, saying she is too skinny to play Wonder Woman, who has been portrayed in the comic books and other adaptations as a large-breasted woman. Here's what the Israeli-born actress had to say about those criticisms.
"Hmm. I represent the Wonder Women of the new world. Breasts... anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is amazonian, and historically accurate amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I'd really go 'by the book'...it'd be problematic."
The actress also shared the story about how she first found out the Wonder Woman role was hers.
"I was just on my way to shooting at LA. I landed at NY in a connection flight when my agent, Hadass Lichtenstein, called me. She says to me 'Wonder Woman!' and I'm like 'What??' - 'The role is yours!...and it's a secret and the news are not yet announced and you can't tell anyone...'. I'm saying to her 'Are you serious??' - and we both scream! Now it's a plane from Israel to NY and I can't make loud noise, and so I lean on a window, bending down to my legs, and just try to understand. Long story short - I was totally alone in NY, I got to a hotel at 12 PM, I needed to wake up in the morning for shootings. I remember laying in the darkness by myself, staring at the ceiling, and I was telling myself 'It's not real!' It shouldn't be like that, I'm supposed to be like, 'Where's the champagne?'"