You don't need to be a fan of comic book heroes to admire the woman who plays Wonder Woman. There’s more to love about Gal Gadot apart from her portrayal of the superhero. First, she is a "wonder mom" to 5-year-old Alma. Second, she may as well have superpowers. Not only did she give birth to her second baby, Maya, this March, she also had to deal with back problems that didn't allow her to sit down. It didn't stop her though from promoting the film. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy had to interview her standing up because of her back problem.
Here are a few more reasons why we think Gal is a #MomPeg:
1. She teaches her daughters the best life lessons.
When asked by interviewer Allison Glockfor ESPN on what she most wanted her daughters to learn from her, Gal answered, “How to love themselves.” Because in a society where women, and even girls as young as age 6, are forced to fit into gender roles, the hardest thing in life can be just to be who you want to be. How cool is it that we can point to Wonder Woman as a great example of a strong, independent woman to our daughters?
2. She knows the struggle of being a parent.
For Gal, the hardest thing about being a parent to a preschooler is learning to let go. We all know the feeling how your “forever baby” starts to become a little more independent and need you less and less. In the same interview for ESPN, Gal recalled, “Recently my older daughter spent her first night out, a slumber party. And I thought I was going to get a phone call in the middle of the night. ‘Come get me. I miss you, Mommy. I want to be home with you.’ But...nothing. I was proud, but I felt like, uh oh, she doesn't need me.” She added, “I think letting go is the hardest thing we need to learn.”
Would you believe that Gal shot both Wonder Woman and Justice League, DC's upcoming movie, while pregnant? For the former, she was five months into her second pregnancy when she was called for reshoots. A bright green fabric was placed on her belly To hide her budding baby bump. And, of course, Gal had to tone down some of the physical work, but Wonder Woman producer Chuck Roven told Entertainment Weekly that she was still as wonderful as ever. “She still had to be fierce. That was special. I’ve been doing this for awhile, but I’ve never that had that experience before.”
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And, it seems like for Justice League (out this November), Gal was in her first trimester of the same pregnancy. “I found out I was pregnant while shooting Justice League. I had terrible migraines. I would show up in dark glasses, and they all thought I was going Hollywood, but I was only pregnant,” Gadot said. Imagine going through preggy symptoms while having to be Wonder Woman! As W pointed out, she was saving lives while creating very real ones at the same time. 4. She values quality family bonding time.
We can only imagine what the schedule of an A-list Hollywood celeb must look. But even if she’s got press appointments and photo shoot sessions left and right, Gal still makes time for family playtime. Above is a recent photo of what looks like her and her 5-year-old daughter Alma having fun with clay. Gal captioned it with, “Looks like today’s color is purple.”
And here they have a mani-pedi pampering. Gal shares that Alma is girlier than she is. “She loves makeup more than I do now. But on the other hand, she is really active. She likes to run super fast. She sees me train all the time, and she'll show me how she does her pull-ups,” she said. 5. At the same time, she knows the importance of me-time.
Who knew Gal shared our love of sitting in cafés and doing nothing? Back in January, amidst all the work that needed doing for Wonder Woman and being pregnant, Gal posted a photo her having me-time. Her activity of choice? Sipping a cold beverage while coloring.
Aside from that, she also said she always makes sure to find the time in her day to meditate, which she started to practice upon filming Wonder Woman. “It helped me to be more centered. You give nothing, and you gain a lot. And it's funny because with meditation, the people who need it the most are the ones that can't find the time for it, right?” said Gal.
Gal and her husband Yaron Versano, a successful businessman, have been married since 2008, nearly a decade now.
“We met nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends at this very strange party in the Israeli desert. It was all about yoga, chakras, and eating healthy -- we didn't exactly find ourselves there, but we found each other. I think I [knew he was the one], but I was too young to get it. He did. He's 10 years older than me,” she told Glamour.
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Asked to describe Yaron, she said, “Oh, he's the best man.” We wouldn’t expect anything else from the husband of Wonder Woman!
7. She knows her mom's worth.
Can you guess who Gal’s Wonder Woman is? Yup, none other than her mom. For Mother’s Day this year, she posted a throwback photo of her with her arms around her personal superhero. She also included a caption that any mom would be proud of. “My mom is a teacher -- she helps children push their personal boundaries and achieve things they never thought they could. She taught me that I can do anything.”
8. She’s taking advantage of being a role model to young girls.
Not only does she portray one of the most amazing woman superheroes of all time, but she’s also a massive fan of anyone who wants to be like Wonder Woman especially young girls. Her Instagram feed is peppered with little ladies dressed or posing as the independent and strong Amazonian warrior. (The above photo is her as a little lady herself.)