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October 4, 2017 10:23 am

Gal Gadot Is Excited to Go ‘Live’

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Israeli actress and ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot took America by storm when she dazzled audiences as Wonder Woman this summer. But will she be able to take the small screen by storm when she hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend? If her recent performance at the 92nd Street Y was any indication, she’ll be “super.”

“I can barely say ‘Saturday Night Live,’ right?” she joked to a packed audience on the Upper East Side, adding that she was repeating the phrase to practice for the show’s monologue.

Eariler, she predicted: “It’s gonna be crazy. I love the show.”

Gadot said that filming Wonder Woman while being pregnant was great — except for getting a little sick some of the time.

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Gadot has a lot to laugh and smile about, with her upcoming appearance in Justice League, and a Wonder Woman sequel already in the works.

She told the audience at the 92nd Street Y that, a few years ago, she thought about quitting acting when she didn’t get a big break. But after missing out on playing a Bond girl, a casting director hired her to be Vin Diesel’s love interest for the fifth and sixth installments of the Fast and the Furious franchise.

When discussing Wonder Woman, Gadot said that when she was told she needed to get to Los Angeles in two days for a camera test for a movie, neither she nor her agent knew what the role was. She recalled filmmaker Zack Snyder telling her: “’Well, I’m not sure if you have her in Israel or how big she is…’”

As for how she looks so fabulous, Gadot quipped, “I wasn’t looking like this this morning.”

Asked how she was treated upon her return to Tel Aviv after Wonder Woman’s huge success, she said that at first the paparazzi wouldn’t leave her alone — but they eventually calmed down, and she could walk around without it being a big deal.

“It’s like I’m nothing to them,” she joked. “They got used to me.”

But Gadot was also serious when she talked about how the role was extremely meaningful for her.

“I felt a lot of pressure because you want the fans to be happy with the character … especially when it’s such an iconic character,” she said. “I was very happy with the way they received her.”

Gadot said that she hoped the success of the film would open the door for more women in leading roles.

“When I was growing up, you had Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and all the men,” she said. “But as a little girl, I didn’t have any images of strong women fighting or doing bigger-than-life things, and I think the fact that we have it now is very fortunate.”

As for health tips, she said that there aren’t any secrets. She did two hours of martial arts, two hours of gym work and two hours of horseback riding for six months in preparation for the film.

Gadot’s life seems like a fairy tale, and she told the audience: “If it happened to me, then it can happen to anyone.”

Sarah Friedson, 27, of Connecticut, was one of the hundreds of fans smiling after the event.

“She was just as fabulous in person as all the shows I’ve seen her on,” Friedson said. “She seems like a wonderful human being. I saw her on Conan O’Brien and another late night show, and she was hilarious. I’m really looking forward to seeing her on SNL.”

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