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– by David Kozlowski

Gal Gadot’s rapid rise in fame over the past decade came to fruition in last year’s epic Wonder Woman movie — and she’s as shocked by its success as anyone. Wonder Woman was not only DC’s first female-led superhero film, but it’s box office performance and social impact may have single-handedly salvaged their shared universe (or at least kept it off of life support). That’s the power of film — particularly blockbusters — to make and break careers, and Gadot’s Hollywood ascension is really only getting started.

EW has named Gadot one of their “Entertainers of the Year,” and conducted a lengthy interview about the experience of becoming a superhero. She relates her feelings after Wonder Woman wrapped, at a time of some trepidation about DC’s place in the genre:

“It felt like it was special. When we shot the movie we were so invested and so thoughtful with every decision we made with the character and the story, I was so privileged to work with an amazingly phenomenal filmmaker, Patty Jenkins. But we didn’t expect it to be so well received.”

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Gadot shares a wonderful anecdote about the night the Wonder Woman review embargo was lifted and the film’s praises started rolling in:

“Usually, I’m not in the loop on when the studio is lifting the embargo… So I bring my computer and I start to read all the reviews. I got so excited I called Patty. And the moment I called Patty she answered the phone — it didn’t even ring. She immediately picks up. She’s all, ‘What’s going on? I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes, not reading anything, literally waiting for you to call me.’ I was just screaming: ‘Ahhhhh!’ She said, ‘It’s good? It’s good?’ I said, ‘It’s unbelievably amazing! I can’t believe this is happening to us right now!'”

Gadot also talks a bit about her Justice League experience, a film that has not been nearly as well received as Wonder Woman (to be kind):

“When I started to shoot Justice League it was literally the day after I wrapped on Wonder Woman. So it was the same, but different, and it was really nice to share the stage with an ensemble cast, and work with some of the guys again. It was a lot of fun. Obviously it wasn’t about Wonder Woman; she was supporting the bigger story. I’m very excited to start working on Wonder Woman 2.”

The interview covers a lot more ground, including her interactions with fans and her reaction to James Cameron’s tone-deaf comments — regarding female objectification in superhero films. It’s a great read and reveals a lot about her personality — it’s easy to see why her characters have resonated with fans around the world, she seems genuine and sincere and really quite a nice person.

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SOURCE: EW

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.