While much has been made of Wonder Woman smashing box office records for a woman-led film, the world shouldn't overlook the tour-de-force of charisma, strength, and talent from Gal Gadot, whose star turn brought Wonder Woman/Diana Prince to life so memorably and movingly.
Which makes the news that on top of acting her heart out, Gadot filmed most of the film while pregnant pretty damn inspiring. Gadot, who'd done her own stunts for her Fast & Furious roles, even did reshoots while five months pregnant—and had to wear a green screen baby bump version of her costume.
Business Insider pointed out that a couple months back, Entertainment Weekly reported on Gadot's pregnancy and the film. It perhaps wasn't clear then what is clear now: that even allowing for stunt doubles, this must've been one of the most physically demanding superhero movie shoots in recent years.
When it came to doing those reshoots, Gadot had to wear a version of her costume with the middle cut out. This wasn't some bizarre costume choice; it was because she was so far along, her baby bump was showing.
Gadot joked, "On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman. On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog." But director Patty Jenkins saw it for what it was: "[Gadot's] pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field in the freezing cold in others. There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you're doing it. Now it's raining in the freezing cold and you've lost your voice, go. Everyday it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it."
Bow down in wonder to the woman who truly embodies Diana's warrior spirit, no matter what the challenge!
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.