Even if you don’t know her name, Gal (rhymes with all) Gadot’s (the T is not silent) face is instantly recognizable to girls of all ages. The 2017 film “Wonder Woman” smashed box office records and provided a positive, inspirational role model both to little girls and their moms.
Gadot was born in Rosh Haayin, Israel on April 30, 1985 and had a rather ordinary childhood. Her mother, a gymnastics teacher, inspired her resilience and love of physical activity by regularly sending her outside to play. Gadot credits both her mom and her dad, an engineer, with ensuring she and her sister grew up feeling confident and capable. Her name, Gal, means “water” and Gadot means “riverbank.” She says this may explain her particular affinity for water.