When it comes to understanding the level of vitriol that her body image took from certain men on the internet, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot has no illusions. "They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small," she laughed in a recent interview with Israeli news site Ynetnews (hat tip to Super Hero Hype and ComicBook.com).
Though some corners of the web were particularly vitriolic in their assessment of the "Fast & Furious 6" star when she was cast, Gadot shrugs off the talk. "When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won't bother them in their archery. So it's not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can't," she said.
Pressed on whether her breasts being a subject of international debate was harmful to her, she added, "No. After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It's just empty talk. I understand that part of what I'm doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire."
The actress' strength in the face of such talk synchs up well with her own assessment of the Amazon princess' prowess, as she described Wonder Woman's powers: "She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles. She is a strong and serious Woman.
"Playing Wonder Women is a once in a lifetime opportunity," she added. "I can't describe to you how much I wanted to play this character without even knowing I wanted to play her. I met a lot of people from the industry in LA for meetings. They always asked me 'what's your dream role?', and I never could define it. I always answered that I 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. I don't like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a message I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations."
Gadot first appears as Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on March 25, 2016 before her own solo film follows in 2017.