Gal Gadot isn’t worried about fanboys. The Israeli actress and Batman V Superman star recently told Interview magazine that she knows comic fans are impossible to please, and isn’t letting some of the online negativity about her playing Wonder Woman get to her.
“No matter what you do, you can never please them all,” Gadot said. “People will always have something to say because that’s the way people are. And it’s okay. But for me, it’s my job. It’s my career. It’s my art. Whatever I do, I take it very seriously and I do my research and I give it my best. I just want to be able to shine and inspire people.”
As Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman V Superman and proposed 2017 Wonder Woman solo movie (which could be the first female-led superhero film since 2005’s Elektra), Gadot will be taking on one of pop culture’s primary feminist icons. That’s enough to stress anyone out, but Gadot said she’s pumped.
“Oh, my God, I’m so excited about this role,” Gadot said. “I feel like I’ve been given a huge opportunity to inspire people, not only women. And not because of me but because of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for. There’s a lot of responsibility. But I have the best team and the best people to work with. It’s going to be an amazing ride, knock on wood.”
Wonder Woman isn’t the first action woman Gadot has played; she also starred as Gisele in three installments of the Fast and the Furious franchise. She’s been passionate about the need for strong women roles in Hollywood, even before she landed Wonder Woman.
“Before, I didn’t have the privilege to choose what I wanted to do. I just wanted to work,” Gadot said. “But eventually, I told them that I wanted to be able to show the stronger side of women. I didn’t want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who’s waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to do something different. Little did I know that I would land Wonder Woman not long after.”