'She is not relying on a man, and she's not there because of a love story.'
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Wonder Woman will soon be making her silver screen debut, as Gal Gadot is set to star as the Amazonian warrior in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, before headlining her own Wonder Woman movie in 2017.

With Batman v Superman just a few weeks away, Gadot sat down with Glamour for the magazine’s April cover story to talk about her path from combat trainer to Miss Israel to Wonder Woman — and why the girl with the golden lasso is such a revolutionary character.

“For BvS it was important for me that we show how independent she is,” Gadot told Glamour. “She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else… She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving… And it’s all her heart — that’s her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.”

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Gadot also recounted how she landed the role: After serving in the Israeli military, becoming Miss Israel, and enrolling in law school, she decided to pursue acting, slogging through fruitless auditions until she got a call from Warner Bros.

“Zack [Snyder, the director] called me before I met with Ben Affleck,” Gadot said. “He said, ‘I don’t know if you have this in Tel Aviv, but… have you ever heard of Wonder Woman?’ My jaw dropped. I tried to sound nonchalant, like, ‘Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure.’”

Being cast as Wonder Woman launched Gadot from being an almost-unknown actress to starring in a multimillion-dollar franchise — with all the public scrutiny that comes with it.

“There were a lot of comments about the size of my breasts,” Gadot said about the initial reaction to her casting. “I realized we can’t please everyone. In one interview, I did say, ‘If you want it to really be true to the origin story, the [myth goes that] Amazons had only one breast; otherwise it would get in the way of the bow and arrow.’ So!”

Read the full interview with Gadot at Glamour.

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