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It’s not easy to fill Wonder Woman’s shoes, but Israeli actress Gal Gadot is up for the challenge. The 2004 Miss Israel winner served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces and harnessed her badass skills into a recurring role in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise. Further proving you can exemplify beauty and brawn, Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in two new films, and is the new face of Gucci’s Bamboo fragrance ($70). A blend of woody warm notes juxtaposing with exotic florals, the fragrance is beautiful and complex: Just like Gadot herself.
Yahoo Beauty put Gadot in the Hot Seat to get to know her better. Check out the video and learn more about the actress in our interview below.
Yahoo Beauty: What is your first memory of a perfume?
Gal Gadot: Floral, fresh, and a touch of sweetness.
Tell us about the cool new ad for Gucci Bamboo?
Fabien Baron came up with the vision on how we wanted to portray the perfume on the big screen, and working with him was such as an amazing experience because he’s a master, and he’s one of the great minds in this world. I really love the idea of what he tried to achieve here, which is the fact that a woman is not just one thing. She’s not just strong or she’s not just sexy, or just soft, or just fragile; she’s everything. She’s multi-faceted.
Gucci Bamboo is a strong yet feminine scent with notes of sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla, amber, Casablanca lily, orange blossom, and ylang ylang. (Photo: Gucci)
You were in the Miss Universe pageant and in the military with the IDF — those are two amazing extremes. How have you done both?
I don’t know because that’s my reality. I don’t know who I would have been if I didn’t go through those experiences.
Are their things you learned in the military that you used at the pageant or vice versa?
Being feminine and keeping all the feminine elements. It’s not about necessarily what you wear, because we had to wear our uniforms [in the military]. It’s about your attitude and it’s about who you are.
Have you always been very athletic? How do you stay in kickass shape for your movie roles?
I was a dancer for 12 years. I did tennis, basketball, volleyball, and dodge ball. I work out a lot and I try to eat healthy.
It sounds like you’re pretty fearless. Is it true that you collect motorcycles and did your own stunts for “Fast & Furious.”
Yes, I’m very strong and very sporty. I broke eight fingers — all of them except the thumbs! I do not collect motorcycles, despite what’s online.
There aren’t nearly as many female superheroes for girls to look up to. What was it like to take on an iconic and empowering role like Wonder Woman?
A lot of responsibility, but I feel like it’s a huge opportunity at the same time. So I’m happy. I’m going to do my best in order to live up to Wonder Woman.
How did you feel putting on the costume?
Wonder Woman is a huge symbol of all the greatness of a woman. I’m very flattered and humbled. It’s amazing.
What are your beauty foods that keep you looking and feeling great?
Everything from beetroot to tomatoes to eggplant to cucumber to red bell pepper. I don’t ban myself from eating anything, because I feel like once you’ve banned yourself from eating chocolate or ice cream or a burger, then the more you think of it. And, the more you get obsessed with it and want to eat it. I like a balance of all things.
What gives you an instant confidence boost when you need one?
I just try to be happy and positive about the world, and that’s it. And then it’s from within.
What do you always keep with you when traveling?
A makeup artist that I’ve worked with in the past told me that if your palms are drying, you should use ylang ylang oil, just a few drops. So I do that when I travel.
What are your summer beauty must-haves?
A summertime hat, sunglasses, Shiseido sunscreen, Jo Malone candles, and definitely comfy and cool sandals for a day at the beach.