Gal Gadot knows a thing or two about being a strong woman: not only was she a combat instructor in the Israeli army, she will she be starring in the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman film set to be released in 2017. But Gadot also knows that to inspire young girls to grow up believing in their strength, you have to show them how it’s done.
According to the Huffington Post, Gadot recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly on her forthcoming Wonder Woman film, citing director Patty Jenkins as a pivotal part of telling the story of a powerful woman.
“It’s a story about a girl becoming a woman,” she said, according to the Huffington Post. “I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way.”
Explaining that she felt “very privileged” to play a “curious” and “compassionate” character, the Huffington Post says that Gadot noticed Hollywood’s dearth of strong female leads because of her 4-year-old daughter, Alma.
The Huffington Post explained the incident this way:
“According to Gadot, Alma admires the bravery and strength of the prince in ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ When Gadot asked about Princess Aurora, her daughter described her as ‘weak.’
‘And I said, ‘why do you think she’s weak?’ And she said, ‘She’s sleeping the entire movie and the prince comes and kisses her and saves her. She didn’t do anything,’ Gadot said.”
Noting that there have long been male superheroes, the Huffington Post says Gadot recognizes the importance of Wonder Woman and her potential to be seen as a positive role model for girls of all ages.
Gadot said, “I feel that I’ve got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman and I think it’s so important.”