She’s on top of the world right now thanks to the mega success of Wonder Woman. And Gal Gadot, 32, says she has Beyoncé to thank for landing the incredible role. The actress opened up in a recent interview with W Magazine to talk about her big role and the grueling audition process. ‘When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman,’ the Israeli star told the publication. She says she put on a song to pump her up and help with her anxiety. ‘I decided to put on Beyoncé Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!’ She reveals it helped her not lose her mind during the waiting process. ‘The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us.
She continued: ‘Waiting is my enemy Number One, and I was losing my mind.’ Gal ended up going into the audition, killing it and winning the role. Wonder Woman has taken in $318 million stateside and $652 million internationally, making it the highest-grossing live-action motion picture ever with a female director, in Patty Jenkins. The film surpassed Phyllida Lloyd’s 2008 adaptation Mamma Mia! for the record, which previously stood at $609.8 million.
The 32-year-old actress signed a three-picture deal (Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League) that would earn her $300,000 per film, Variety reported in 2014. But Gadot could be in line for a huge bonus due to the success of her stand alone film. The 32-year-old actress portrays Diana Prince, the Amazon demigoddess in the DC Comics blockbuster.
Speaking previously about the casting, Gadot – who has daughters Alma, five, and three-month-old Maya with her husband Yaron Versano – said: ‘I feel I was born to play Wonder Woman. Boys have always had a figure to look up to, whether it’s Superman, Batman or Spider-Man. For girls it was always the princess being saved. ‘Now we have Wonder Woman – she’s fearless, proactive, she believes in herself and she believes she can do everything. That’s a true woman for me.’ She is set to reprise her role in the upcoming Justice League alongside Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.