Actress Gal Gadot says Wonder Woman is a feminist, but underscored that true feminism is not about hating men.
Gadot, who plays the Amazonian superhero Wonder Woman and her alter ego, Diana Prince, said some radical feminists have the wrong idea about what feminism truly is.
“Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course,” Gadot told Entertainment Weekly. “I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That’s not it.”
Gadot continued: “For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and [women] choosing what we want to do. If it’s salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It’s not men vs. women or women vs. men.”
Gal, a former model and Miss Israel who served two years in the Israeli military, said playing the iconic superhero required her to project both femininity and strength.
“It was important to me that my character would never come and preach about how men should treat women,” Gadot said. “Or how women should perceive themselves. I want [Wonder Woman] to be strong and powerful and all those things, but I want a really hot boyfriend that thinks that’s great and has a sense of humor about the whole thing.”
Surprisingly, the 5-foot-10 brunette beauty received heavy backlash when she was first cast to play Wonder Woman. Fans said the former model was too skinny and not athletic-looking enough to pull off the role, as TheImproper previously reported.
“I gained a lot of body mass after I was first cast in the role,” said Gal. “Now I lift a lot of weights. I feel much stronger then I was. I feel good.”
Weightlifting can help women get the lean, toned bikini body they always wanted without looking bulky or masculine, said Michael Matthews, author of Thinner Leaner Stronger.
Lifting weights can slow down—and even reverse—the aging process by preserving lean muscle mass, enhancing brain function, and boosting antioxidant enzyme activity, said Cassandra Forsythe, author of Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess. In addition to weight training, Gal does yoga and Pilates workouts.
Gal Gadot isn’t getting any more complaints, as fans seem to have embraced her.
“Wonder Woman” premieres in U.S. theaters June 2. Check out the trailer below: