Who is Gal Gadot?

5 things to know about your latest kick-ass heroine

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The new Wonder Woman trailer is here for your viewing pleasure:

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But just who is Gal Godot?

1 – She's Wonder Woman

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The Israeli actress has been cast as Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. She will then reprise the role in her own stand-alone trilogy of Wonder Woman movies. The actress didn't even know which role she was auditioning for to begin with but she was sure about the kind of character she wanted to play. 'I always … wanted to play a women that is strong and will be a source for women empowerment. I don't want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved.'

2 – She's one of the 'Women who kick ass'

Gadot joined Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Jenna Coleman (Dr. Who) for Comic-Cons 'Women Who Kick Ass' panel where she talked about her shock at winning the part. '[It was] an out of body experience because there I was, little Gal from Israel, becoming Wonder Woman.'

3 – She's been a beauty queen and a soldier

Gadot won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and served in the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) for two years, which came in handy when she starred in the Fast & the Furious films for which she did all her own stunts. According to Gadot, the director Justin Lin 'wanted to use her knowledge of weapons.' What a CV.

4 - She worships Madonna (literally)

A girl after our own hearts, Gadot is a huge Madonna fan. So much so, she totally failed to play it cool when they met recently. 'When I was young I really liked Madonna. I ran into her a month ago and got really excited. I said to her, 'Madonna, my queen.' I did a bow and everything. She looked at me like I was crazy but then we talked and she was really nice.

5 – She owes it all to her mum

'She really gave me and my sister everything that made us who we are today. The key thing is endless love, but she always made us feel like we were the best and she always made us believe in ourselves and follow our dreams and work hard.'

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