– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Gal Gadot recently chatted with Robot Underdog and answered a few questions about her role as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In it, the topic of her physique came up again- as it has since she was first announced- because of fans expressing concern that she’s not built like Wonder Woman “should” be. Gadot, though, continues to think that people are talking about her breasts. 

Don’t be shy. They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small,” she said with a laugh when the question came up. She then repeated a line she’s been using for a while about how true Amazons used to cut off a breast so that it wouldn’t interfere with their ability to shoot an arrow straight. “When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t,” said the Israeli actress.

The interviewer then pressed the “But isn’t it embarassing?” line of questioning, to which Gadot responded, “No. After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire (criticism).” Then she added, “Like we say back in Israel, ‘Haters gonna hate, yo!'” Then she dropped the mic and walked off.

That last part didn’t happen.

In terms of the training required to add some bulk to her frame, Gadot says she readily embraced the regimen that she took part in with Mark Twight- the same guy that got Cavill into Superman shape. “It was very intensive. When I was young I was a real tomboy so I really enjoyed the experience. I asked my mom if I was like that too but she said all I wanted back then was to play ball, sweat, and scrap my knees,” the actress revealed.

When asked to describer her Wonder Woman, she said, “She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles. She is a strong and serious Woman.” On the topic of whether or not she’s worried about being typecast as some sort of action heroine, since she’s closely linked to the Fast & Furious films and now WB/DC’s Justice League titles, Gadot emphasized what an honor this all is:

 “Playing Wonder Woman is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t describe to you how much I wanted to play this character without even knowing I wanted to play her. I met a lot of people from the industry in LA for meetings. They always asked me ‘what’s your dream role?’, and I never could define it. I always answered that I wanted to play a women that is strong and will be a source for women empowerment. I don’t want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don’t like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a massage I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations. […] I get to play the strongest most empowering woman ever – Wonder Woman. I’m so grateful and I thank god every day. I want to devour it and enjoy every bite.

We’ll get to witness the fruits of Gadot’s hard work and dedication when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice soars into theaters almost exactly a year from now on March 25, 2016. 

SOURCE: Robot Underdog

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.