While it seems impossible now to imagine any other actress as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot's path to superheroine stardom "Awards Chatter" podcast, Gal shared that for a moment, she almost quit acting after losing out on a string of roles—including Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.. And in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter's
As she puts it:
"I had so many almosts for big, great things, but I was never big enough of a name. It was always me and 'the big name.' It just came to a point where I was like, 'I don't want to do this to my family. If it's not going to work, why push it?' I was on the verge of quitting everything and just going back to Israel."
It was then that Warner Bros. asked her to try out for a secret role: Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman. And that introduced her to another side of the movie business—comic book adaptation trolls:
"The thing that I really noticed was they were very judgmental and being very critical about the way that I looked. They had a lot to say about the lack of boobs and the lack of booty. Everyone was talking about, 'How come I don't have big breasts?'"
"I never thought that this was the most important thing that Wonder Woman would have to have; I thought it would be the performance. But if you want to be realistic and if you want to be [faithful] to the truth, the Amazons had one boob, because of the bow and arrow—they had to cut off the other boob—so should we go there? What do you want me to do?"
But with her cinematic legacy secured by playing Diana, Gal ended up reconnecting with Charlize Theron in another way. After all, as HelloGiggles pointed out, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins had directed Charlize to greatness in Monster. And now, Gal's as big a name as it gets in the movie business.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.