Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot: “People have a misconception about what feminism is”

rexfeatures_6897841b.jpg

Gal Gadot is currently on the promotional trail for her latest film, the much-anticipated Wonder Woman remake, which is set to hit UK cinemas in June. And given that she’s playing one of the most iconic female superheroes of all time, it’s understandable that many of the questions being fired in Gadot’s direction centre around the topic of feminism.

In a new interview, the 32-year-old Israeli actor says that “of course” Wonder Woman is a feminist – and defines what that means to her, both off- and on-screen.

“I think people have a misconception about what feminism is,” Gadot tells Entertainment Weekly. “People think [feminism means] hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That’s not it.”

Gadot’s reference to “hairy armpits” seems pointed, given the furore that erupted on social media after it emerged that Wonder Woman has completely smooth underarms in the new film – despite having grown up on a mythical island in the early 20th century, completely cut off from modern Western beauty standards.

“For me, feminism is about equality and freedom and [women] choosing what we want to do,” Gadot continues. “If it’s salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It’s not men vs. women or women vs. men.”


Read more: Watch the fierce new Wonder Woman trailer here


When you get down to it, it’s pretty simple stuff – and Gadot says that she tapped into this straightforward understanding of gender equality in tackling the role of a lifetime.

gal gadot

Gal Gadot at the Golden Globe Awards in January 2017.

“It was important to me that my character would never come and preach about how men should treat women – or how women should perceive themselves,” says Gadot.

Instead, the new Wonder Woman deploys her character’s ignorance of societal norms to highlight issues of inequality. The film begins in 1918, with Wonder Woman – otherwise known as Princess Diana and Diana Prince – travelling to England, with the aim of putting a stop to World War I.


Read more: Gal Gadot responds to idiots saying her boobs are too small to play Wonder Woman


But since Diana was born and raised on the mythical island of Themyscira, a matriarchal society comprised entirely of warrior women, her understanding of sexism and other oppressive social conventions is completely non-existent.

“It was more about playing oblivious to society’s rules,” Gadot explains. On screen, this translates into a perplexed Wonder Woman asking questions like: “What do you mean women can’t go into Parliament? Why?”

“It’s just reminding everyone how things should be,” says Gadot. “I wanted to play the fish out of water, but I didn’t want to play her too silly.”

wonder woman

Diana (Gal Gadot) and love interest Steven Trevor (Chris Pine) in a scene from the new Wonder Woman film.

Diana’s love interest, American spy Steven Trevor (Chris Pine), was also considered carefully through a feminist lens.

“We didn’t want to make Steve the damsel in distress, and we wanted them to have a very equal relationship,” says Gadot. “If she falls in love with him, then he should be someone that every woman falls in love with.”

It all sounds like the perfect recipe for a smash-hit woman-led blockbuster – and if early reviews of Wonder Woman are to be believed, the film doesn’t disappoint. The small group of US journalists who have seen Wonder Woman in advance were granted permission to tweet their opinions on Thursday night, and their verdict was pretty much unanimous: this is one seriously good film.

Wonder Woman opens in UK cinemas on 2 June. Time to book those tickets…

Images: Rex Features

Related

batgirl-movie-joss-whedon-yvonne-craig.jpg

Buffy creator Joss Whedon is directing the new Batgirl film

feminist-films-2017.jpg

The 25 feminist films we can’t wait to watch in 2017

PRIYAS-MIRROR_cropped.jpg

Why India’s latest comic book heroine is a rape survivor

Comments

More

We bloody love Kate Beckinsale’s hilarious Manspreading Action Plan

She knows exactly what to do when a man spreads his legs

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

This is what Amanda Knox’s Instagram account looks like

The Seattle native has made her feed public

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Prince Harry is still haunted by memories of Princess Diana’s funeral

‘I don’t think any child should be asked to do what I did’

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

Courteney Cox thanks friends for helping her embrace “natural” face

‘I finally look like myself’

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Jun 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Father's Day celebrations to Lena Dunham's new crop

by Nicola Colyer
21 Jun 2017

Michelle Obama has the best advice for you and your girlfriends

The former FLOTUS does this with her friends every single summer

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

The Voice’s Delta wore a dress on TV, and Twitter lost its s**t

You should have left your boobs in the dressing room, duh!

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

Queen Helen Mirren has a message for sexist Wonder Woman critics

Watch out, dinosaurs

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

Chrissy Teigen has leaked her own private texts to John Legend

And it hilariously sums up their 10 year relationship

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

Feminist dad faces online hate as he works to bust manhood myths

“I get a lot of negativity from insecure men”

by Anna Brech
21 Jun 2017