How Gal Gadot Got in Warrior Shape for Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine from Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine from Wonder Woman

When they put “wonder” in your name, you’d better be at the top of your game. Gal Gadot spent six months preparing  for “Wonder Woman,” working out in the gym, choreographing fight sequences and practicing swordplay and horseback riding.

“It was very, very, very intensive but it was worth it,” she tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “For such a character, she’s the most powerful warrior ever, and you can’t fake strength and you cannot fake power. So it was important for me to be prepared and feel strong.”

At the same time, Gadot knew that she had to show another side of the iconic character from comic books and the popular 1970s TV show.

“It was important for me that everyone would be able to relate to her, and not only women and girls but also men and boys,” he says. “It was important for me that she would be a warm character, that she would be warm and loving and full of compassion, and also to show her imperfections, the not-so-perfect sides of her, that she can be very vulnerable and she can be insecure and confused and not knowing what to do all the time.”

With Gadot handling the heavy lifting, costar Chris Pine could enjoy the cast, crew and newly imagined storyline.

“It’s always about the people that you’re with. This happened to be a great bunch of people that I enjoyed spending time with,” he says. “On top of that there was a kind of romantic comedy angle to this story that I think was unique to the genre of film, which I enjoyed playing.”