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Upclose with Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot is the latest Israeli star to take Hollywood by storm, and it’s her sizzling good looks coupled with her down-to-earth, easygoing demeanour that have made her such a rising star. After winning Miss Israel in 2004, Gal piqued the interests of various modelling agencies and began working for prestigious brands like SuperPharm and Strauss. Contracts with Perry Ellis, La Perla Lingerie, and Esprit came next, and, more recently, Israeli clothing label Castro.
At the age of 20, while still modelling, Gal Gadot joined the Israeli Army, signing up for a two-year service term. Throughout, she continued to work as a model and began experimenting in acting, going as far as working with an acting coach. It paid off because, in 2007, she was able to land the lead role of Merry Elkayam on the TV drama Bubot, which aired in her native Israel.
Always balancing between working as a model and actress, Gal was featured in a sexy spread on women in the Israeli Army in lad mag Maxim in 2007. She auditioned for a role as a coveted Bond girl in the flick Quantum of Solace (and was turned down), however, Gal’s striking beauty was obviously burnt into the minds of casting directors - she was brought in to try out for, and later join the cast of, the fourth instalment of the actioner Fast & Furious, which was released last April. She has also recently appeared as a guest-star on one of HBO’s hottest new shows Entourage.
The Israeli superstar took time out to sit down with UMM and candidly discuss her plans for 2009, her guilty pleasures, and so much more…
UMM: So, what’s going on in your life right now?
UMM: What was it like working with Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious?
It was amazing for me. I was so very, very, very excited. It was my first feature and it was a huge feature – it had a very good opening.
And it was amazing working on the set. I was the opposite of Vin [playing his protagonist-turned-love interest], and he was so welcoming and friendly. We became very good friends. I worked only with the guys, and I enjoyed it very much. It’s always nice to be the only girl. We all became friends and it was an amazing experience.
UMM: What was your favourite car in the flick?
UMM: Israeli talent is currently the talk of Tinseltown, with stars like Ayelet Zurer (actress in Angels & Demons), Meital Dohan (actress in Weeds), Noa Tishby (actress, model and singer), and Bar Rafaeli (model and SI’s 2009 Swimsuit Issue covergirl). How does it feel to be part of a trend that’s gaining so much attention in Hollywood?
UMM: What actor/actress would you love to work with?
UMM: You straddle the line between acting and modelling, but of the two, what would you say is your passion?
UMM: You were in the Israeli Army, which means you must be in incredible shape. What’s your exercise routine like? How often do you work out?
UMM: Do you think it was difficult being a pretty face in the Israeli Army?
UMM: I saw that you recently got engaged. Are you married now?
UMM: What first attracted you to your husband?
UMM: Do you think that you’ll have children?
UMM: What do you look for in a guy? How do you know that a guy is good for you?
UMM: What would be an ideal first date for you?
UMM: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
UMM: What’s your biggest regret?
UMM: What one thing are you most proud of accomplishing in your life?
UMM: What’s your favourite hotspot or place to party?
UMM: What’s your take on our star and paparazzi obsessed culture? Do you think that the public has the right to know about the personal lives of celebs?
UMM: Do you have the paparazzi following you?
UMM: Are you into the whole notion of trying to live more green and eco-friendly?
UMM: How do you unwind after a long day of work?
UMM: Is there something in particular you’ve been into lately?
UMM: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
UMM: What would you say is your favourite article of clothing?
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