Biography & Career
Gal Gadot-Varsano is an Israeli model, actress, singer and martial artist born on April 30, 1985, in Petah Tikva. Her father Michael Gadot worked as an engineer and was a sixth-generation Israeli and her mother Irit Gadot is a teacher. The actual meaning of her first name is “wave” and the meaning of her surname is “riverbank”. Raised in a city named Rosh HaAyin, Gadot was in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment. She also has a younger sister named Dana Gadot.
During Gadot’s high school years, she was a major in biology. She also played basketball, as her height was quite tall. Her first job during her teenage was as a babysitter and she also worked at Burger King. At the age of 18, Gadot participated in the Miss Israel 2004 and won it. After winning, the pageant she was known by everyone, which kick, started her career in modeling. At the age of 20, Gadot joined the Israel Defense forces as an enlisted soldier. She served in the military for two years as a combat instructor. This was one of the reasons she was selected for the role of Gisele in the movie “Fast & Furious” later on. After completing her service, Galdot returned and enrolled herself into IDC Herzliya College where she studied law and international relations. After her first year in the university, she was offered the role of Bond girl Camille Montes in a spy movie titled “Quantum of Solace”. However, she did not get the part after auditioning for it.
Later she also participated in Miss Universe 2004, which was held in Ecuador. After that Gadot starting leading several international campaigns as a model for companies such as Miss Sixty, Huawei smartphones, Gucci fragrance, Captain Morgan, Vine Vera skin care ranges and Jaguar Cars. She has also been featured as the cover girl for magazines such as Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Bride Magazine, UMM, Entertainment Weekly, Cleo, Lucire, Fashion, and FHM.
In 2007, Gadot was in the Maxim photo-shoot for “Women of the IDF” and later was featured on the cover of the New York Post. In 2008, Gadot starred in an Israeli drama titled “Bubot”. Three months after that, she was cast for the role of Gisele Yashar for the movie “Fast & Furious” by the casting director of “Quantum of Solace”. According to her, the director really liked that she was from a military background and he wanted to use her knowledge of weapons. Her first appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise was in the fourth part of. She also played the role of Gisele in “Fast Five” in 2013 and “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. In the same year, 2008, she became the main model for the fashion brand Castro until 2016. In 2012, Gadot was listed at number 5 on the list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world” and in 2014, she was listed as an upcoming leading lay by InStyle magazine. She was one of the two Israeli actresses to make to the list by InStyle along Odeya Rush Green. Gadot’s estimated salary for modeling and acting in 2012 was about 2.4 million dollars.
In 2015, Gadot auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman in the superhero movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. For the preparation of the movie role, Gadot had to train for swordsmanship, capoeira, Kung Fu kickboxing and Brazillian jiu-jitsu. The movie was released on March 20, 2016. Gadot’s first performance as a superhero was praised by the critics and was said to be the best part of the movie. In the same year, she also appeared in a crime-thriller movie “Triple 9” alongside Kate Winslet and Aaron Paul. She also co-starred in another action crime-thriller movie “Criminal” in the same year. In the movie, she played the role of Ryan Reynold’s wife. Lastly, she appeared in the action comedy movie “Keeping Up with the Joneses” where she played the role of a secret agent.
In 2017, Gadot again got the superhero role of Wonder Woman. The movie was about her solo role as Wonder Woman in the movie “Wonder Woman” which was released on May 15, 2017. She also played the same role in the movie “Justice League” which was released on November 17, 2017.
Gal Gadot’s first boyfriend is known to be the Israeli actor Oshri Cohen. However, their relationship was not public so there is not much information about when and how long they dated though there is picture evidence that they once dated each other.
In 2006, Gadot started dating Yaron Versano who is a successful Israeli Business Professional. According to an interview, the pair first met through mutual friends in a very strange party in the Israeli desert. The party was strange as unlike normal parties, it was all about healthy eating, yoga, and chakras. She said that she somehow knew that he was the one but did not agree with herself, as she was very young at the time. Yaron is seven years older than she is but he had fallen for her at first sight. She also added that on their second date he told her “he was serious and wasn’t going to wait more than two years to ask her to marry him”.
As said, after two years, Yaron proposed to Gadot and married in 2008. Yaron has been documenting their beautiful relation on his Instagram account ever since they met. The couple is still happily married and now have two children. Their first daughter was born on November in 2011 and her name is Alma Versano. Their second daughter Maya Versano was born on March 19, 2017.
In an interview, Gadot said that during her shooting for the movie “Wonder Woman”, the video editors had to Photoshop her body due to her baby bump. The pair will be completing 10 years of marriage this year. Gadot also said in an interview with Glamour that her husband was supportive towards her career.
Through the posts made by Yaron in his Instagram account, it can be seen that in spite the busy schedule, Gadot and her husband manages to give time to their family and often go on family vacations. The couple is seen as couple goals by people and has become one of the most popular couples.