8:22am PT by THR Staff
Gal Gadot's Daughter Made Wonder Woman Actress Appreciate the Importance of Female Superheroes
Gal Gadot, the actress who plays Wonder Woman on Batman v. Superman, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her role.
The Israel-born actress said her daughter made her realize how important it was for girls to have female superheroes as role models after a conversation about princes and princesses. She said her daughter once told her, "The prince is always so brave and courageous and strong" but then was dismissive of princesses.
Gadot's 4-year-old daughter said that princesses "always fall asleep and then the prince is the one to wake them up," the actress recalled.
"It made me feel really good about playing Wonder Woman," said Gadot, adding that boys have "always had Batman and Superman and Spider-Man."
"It's really important to have that role model," said DeGeneres, agreeing. "Now we have Supergirl on television and Wonder Woman," the talk show host said, adding that it's important for boys to see strong female role models as well.
Gadot also talked about her "super-confidential" audition for the part, saying she did her initial audition without even knowing what role she was trying out for. When she finally received the call telling her she received the role, she said she was on a plane that had just landed and was still sitting on the tarmac.
The actress said she screamed in excitement and everyone on the plane looked at her. "I couldn't say anything," said Gadot, since the role was still a secret. "Now I feel like the luckiest girl in the world."