actresses, as well as a role model for girls all over the world, making a whole country feel proud. The Israeli actress and model made us all fall for her as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, not just for her beauty, but also for her representation of a strong, dominant and inspirational female superhero.
She achieved all of this while looking amazing and performing her own stunts – and did we mention, she was pregnant while doing so?
Who is Gal Gadot?
Gal, whose name translates to ‘wave’ (Gal) and ‘riverbank’ (Gadot) was born in Israel to a native Israeli father, while her mother, who is of European descent, is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Growing up in a small city outside of Tel Aviv, Gal had no idea that she would one day become an icon of fierce femininity to women all over the world.
A talent scout spotted Gal Gadot back in 2004, at the age of 18 − the age where most Israelis enlist in the army for their compulsory service − and encouraged her to participate in the Miss Israel competition, which she then also won, and which led her to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant later that year.
At the age of 20, Gal was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces, where she served as a fitness instructor for combatants over a span of two years. She has not once said that she believes her service, although most Israeli women have served in the military, was what made her stand out among other Hollywood actresses, and led many directors to choose her for dominant, active characters.
After completing her military service, Gal enrolled in Law and International Relations at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya College in Israel, but upon completing her first year of studies, she was called to try out for a Bond girl after the casting director for Quantum of Solace invited her to audition, although Olga Kurylenko ended up landing the role. Not to worry though, soon enough, in 2009, the same casting director contacted Gal to cast her for her first major role as Gisele Yashar in the fourth Fast and the Furious film, alongside Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and not long after, Gal left her law studies and jumpstarted her international acting career.
In 2008, Gal married her then-boyfriend Yaron Versano, an Israeli businessman whom she met a few years back through mutual friends. Gal Gadot and Yaron Varsano are the parents of two little girls — Alma, who was born in 2011 and Maya, who joined the family in 2017.
In the years to come, Gal continued to land small roles in Hollywood movies, including Knight and Day (2010) alongside Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise and Date Night (2010) alongside Mark Wahlberg, while also taking part in some local Israeli productions and reoccurring as Gisele Yashar in the fifth, sixth and seventh Fast and the Furious sequels.
She also portrayed the guest role of Lisa on HBO’s Entourage, which was widely popular at the time, and of which she has said was an overall negative experience.
Becoming Wonder Woman
In 2016, Gal was first cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Diana Price, also known as Wonder Woman, alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Affleck, which only induced the anticipation to see Gal’s portrayal of the female superhero in her own movie. Having undergone training in a variety of martial arts, Gal gained 17 lbs of muscle for her debut role of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This made her genuinely strong and ‘not just a pretty girl’ attitude stand out among previous superhero actresses. Gal was clearly looking to showcase a strong, dominant and independent female lead character and managed to steal the show, making millions count the minutes until Wonder Woman’s debut in a standalone film. Boy, did she nail it!
Wonder Woman started off as the biggest opener for a film directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) with $101.4 million domestically and also, became one of the biggest openings for a superhero movie ever. The blockbuster continued smashing box offices with international receipts that finally pushed box office totals to $821.74 million, making the Amazon warrior princess’ story the highest-grossing superhero origin film of all time.
Not only did our superhero manage to memorize a whole script in English, despite it being her second language, and perform her own stunts during the shooting of the film, she also took part in reshoots while being five months pregnant with her second daughter, Maya. Talk about a Wonder Woman.
A year later, in May 2017, DC Comics’ Wonder Woman‘s solo feature came out, breaking worldwide box office records and receiving positive reviews from viewers all over the world. In November 2017, Gal took part in another DC Comics blockbuster, Justice League, alongside Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Ezra Miller as Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Wonder Woman 2 is currently in the works and is set to come out in 2019.
Carrie Underwood liked a video against…mandates. ‘Now the mob is coming’
It’s open season on country singer Carrie Underwood — kind of — for the offense of liking a conservative commentator’s video opposing schools’ mask mandates for kids.
The “Jesus, Take the Wheel” hitmaker was one of nearly 50,000 people who liked the video, which was posted Thursday on Twitter. It featured conservative pundit and Daily Wire contributor Matt Walsh at a Nashville school board meeting arguing that mask mandates for school-age children are akin to child abuse, given kids’ very small risk of death — not risk of infection, but risk of death — from COVID-19.
“Like anyone else, I am upset and disturbed that Carrie Underwood liked one of my tweets,” Walsh tweeted sarcastically Tuesday afternoon. “She should know better than to indirectly endorse the opinions of an extremist and scoundrel such as myself. Her lack of judgment is appalling. I demand that she renounce me and apologize.”
A few hours later, he tweeted, “Carrie Underwood liked my video and now the mob is coming for her. She should know better than to like something that they don’t like. This is an unforgivable sin.”
And the mob was there, perhaps nudged by a trending blurb on Twitter.
“Carrie Underwood being a God-over-Science person is the least surprising thing I’ve heard today,” author and Unitarian pastor John Pavlovitz tweeted. “Delta take the wheel…”
“Carrie Underwood is an anti-masker. She’s canceled in my book. Who else’s?,” actor Angela Belcamino asked.
Some extrapolated Underwood’s like of the Walsh video to mean she’s against the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Carrie Underwood being Anti Vaxx….anyways we still stan Kelly Clarkson forever the best winner of American Idol,” one person wrote.
“Dolly Parton help fund a vaccine to fight off covid. Carrie underwood is helping spread anti mask & antivaxx misinformation,” another user wrote. “Class vs trash.”
But others, including “Relatable” podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey, defended the singer.
“Carrie Underwood liked a video about kids not being forced to wear masks — a position totally supported by data — and she’s being called an anti-vaxxer,” Stuckey wrote. “In case you thought your ‘nuanced’ takes would save you from the leftist cancel mob… they won’t.”
Meanwhile, other Twitter users thought folks had their priorities screwed up in general.
“In Afghanistan, women are getting raped by terrorists. In America, people with blue hair are throwing a tantrum because Carrie Underwood liked a tweet,” wrote free-speech radicalist Christian Walker, son of NFL great Herschel Walker. “We’re doomed.”
The “Before He Cheats” singer previously drew COVID-related criticism for performing at the Country Jam music festival, which ran over three days in late June just outside Grand Junction, Colo. The event, held outdoors and in line with state and local pandemic guidance, resulted in a few COVID-19 cases among festival staff and the 24,000 people per day who attended.
She and husband Mike Fisher have two young sons, ages 6 and 2.
Underwood hasn’t taken any action on Twitter since Thursday. Her publicist didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment Wednesday.
Walsh, a Nashville-area parent of four, is against mask mandates in general and made his point about kids and masks at a recent meeting of the Metro Nashville Board of Education.
“You and the school board have decided that our kids should go to school all day, every day, wearing muzzles like rabid dogs,” he said in the video. “I have listened to your arguments and I’ve noticed they are missing a few things, namely evidence, data, science, common sense and basic human dignity. You presented no facts at all, so let me do that now.”
Walsh then compared death rates in kids from the flu to those from COVID-19. The flu death rate was higher, he said, before emphasizing that in the 2018-19 flu season — the year of his data — nobody had suggested that kids wear masks.
The video now has more than 1.2 million views, almost 50,000 likes and more than 15,200 retweets.
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Spotted on …
The two stars were photographed on the set of the Netflix film in Oahu, Hawaii on Monday.
Aniston, 52, wore a green top and flower-patterned skirt while Sandler, 55, wore a blue button-down shirt and blue pants.
Sandler and Aniston are returning to their characters Nick and Audrey Spitz, respectively, after the first film debuted on Netflix in 2019.
Murder Mystery follows, Nick, a New York cop, and Audrey, his wife, as they go on a European vacation to reinvigorate their marriage when a chance encounter leads to them both being framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire.
In September, TV Line reported the sequel would be “another international adventure full of intrigue and hijinks.”
Scott Yamano/Netflix Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Murder Mystery
In June 2019, Netflix said the first movie had been viewed by over 30 million accounts in three days.
At the time, the streamer said the movie’s debut was “the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film.”
Murder Mystery is the second movie Aniston and Sandler have made together, following the 2011 romantic comedy Just Go With It. With the sequel, the two friends are making their third movie together.
Prince Charles ‘desperate’ to spend quality time with Lilibet, Archie
Prince Charles has offered an olive branch to his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to stay with him during their possible visit to UK as the future king is ‘desperate’ to meet his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet.
According to the Express UK, the Prince of Wales is ‘desperate’ to meet Archie and Lilibet and he has made it clear to Prince Harry about his wish to spend quality time with the grandchildren.
The report, citing a source, claimed that Prince Charles and Harry had several video calls over the last few months.
Prince Charles has invited Harry and his family to stay with him during their visit to UK amid security concerns.
The Queen’s eldest son, who is also heir to the throne, extended an olive branch to Prince Harry and his family as the Duke of Sussex plans to seek judicial review regarding security in Britain, the Mirror citing royal sources reported on Tuesday.
Prince Harry is scared to return to Britain with Meghan and their kids, the Duke’s legal representatives have claimed.
Queen’s grandson has filed for a judicial review against the Home Office decision.
Harry and wife Meghan lost their UK taxpayer-paid protection when they quit frontline royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States.
Now living in California, they have their own private security team. Legal papers showed Harry arguing that the US team would not have adequate powers to protect his family in the UK.