Gal Gadot Says 'Batman v. Superman's' Wonder Woman is "Not Relying on a Man"

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"I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.”

Ahead of hitting the big screen as Wonder Woman in this month's Batman v. Superman, Gal Gadot talked about her much-anticipated role with Glamour.

"It was important for me that we show how independent she is," Gadot says. "She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else."

The Israeli actress said she appreciates Wonder Woman's strengths, powers and emotional intelligence. "It’s all her heart — that’s her strength."

She continued, "I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.”

Gadot also talked about the importance of feminism to her. "Feminism is about equality," she said. "I want all people to have the same opportunities and to get the same salaries for the same jobs. I realize I’m doing what I want to do because of the women before me who laid the groundwork. Without them I wouldn’t be an educated working mother who is following her dreams."

The actress also revealed the cute way she found out she was up for her Batman v. Superman part. Director Zack Snyder called her before she met with Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the film. He asked Gadot, "I don’t know if you have this in Tel Aviv, but … have you ever heard of Wonder Woman?”

The actress said her "jaw dropped" and she tried to sound nonchalant, saying, "Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure.” 

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