Playing world’s biggest female superhero in one of the summer’s biggest films takes a strong woman. Luckily, Gal Gadot is just the right person for the job.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 32-year-old actress playing the lasso-of-truth-wielding Amazon princess.
1. She really knows how to kick butt
Gadot served in the Israeli army for two years, working as a fitness instructor. When F&F director and producer Justin Lin learned that, he changed her character’s backstory to make her a member of the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency. “[He] really liked that I was in the Israeli military and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons,” she said in a 2011 interview.
2. She’s a former Miss Israel
She competed in the Miss Universe pageant in 2004, and appeared in a controversial photo shoot for Maxim magazine featuring sexy women of the Israeli army, which the ministry of tourism hoped would bring more visitors to the country.
3. She loves motorbikes
The 5’9″ star rides a bike in the F&F films, reportedly owns a Ducati and once shared a video of herself from Fast Five along with the caption “Riding the Ducati Streetfighter in the streets of Rio was more than AWESOME!”