Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Says She ‘Holds Flag of the Nation’
Israeli actress Gal Gadot told a Variety interviewer that she accepts her role as a representative of Israel and lamented that almost everybody mispronounces her name.
The “Wonder Woman” star was speaking with fellow actor and Pakistani-American stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series. The two touched on their immigrant backgrounds, playing foreigners on screen and being cultural representatives of their home countries.
Gadot admitted, “Immediately once you become famous it goes without saying that you have to hold the flag of the nation.” Nanjiani agreed, saying, “whether I want to or not I do represent a group … but I think ultimately I can only tell my story. I can’t really tell the story of everybody from that part of the world because everyone has a different story.”
The actors also bonded over the fact that everyone misprounces their names. Gadot said she’s always asked, “How do you pronounce your name?”
The actress also revealed that she got emotional watching a battle scene in “Wonder Woman,” because she realized its significance for women.
“It was the first time for me — as a woman, a girl, a female — that I saw an image of strong women that are beautiful and confident and can take care of themselves,” said Gadot. “I was shocked by it, and then I was more shocked by the fact that I never saw anything like that.”
She added that she believes it to be important to share the image of independent beautiful women, especially as a mother of two daughters.
“There cannot be women empowerment if women don’t have this visual in their subconscious and if men don’t have it either,” Gadot said. “It’s as important for boys and men to see that a woman can be super great.”
Both actors will receive the Virtuosos Award this year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 10. The award recognizes artists who have had breakthrough performances in film.
Watch Gal Gadot on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” in the video below: