Gal Gadot responds to criticism over her Wonder Woman casting

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:12 PM EST (Updated)

Ever since Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) was cast as the new Wonder Woman for DC’s upcoming slate of comic-book flicks — starting with her first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then she’s off to headline the first Wonder Woman movie ever — there's been some heavy (and pretty vocal) criticism concerning her slight frame and some, erm, shall we say less curvaceous attributes? But the Israeli-born actress is actually taking it all in stride.

In a recent interview via Robot Underdog (it was originally given in Hebrew), where the actress details her painful, six-week wait to see if she’d gotten the role, Gadot revealed how she actually felt regarding those online haters who complained her body didn’t actually match the comic-book depictions of the well-endowed Diana, Princess of Themyscira:

"Don’t be shy. They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small. [Laughs] I’m really lucky nothing in my life was instantaneous. 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."

It’s refreshing to see the actress isn’t letting disparaging comments get to her. She’s not even the slightest bit embarrassed talking about her bra size, or seeing people discussing what’s behind the bustier, so to speak. She continued:

"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," she adds. "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."

Gadot, who obviously worked hard to bulk up for the role, also talked about how excited she was about playing the iconic comic-book character. She even described the Amazon Princess' powers:

"Playing Wonder Women is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 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 massage I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations. Yes, I get to play the strongest most empowering woman ever – Wonder Woman. I’m so grateful and I thank god every day. I want to devour it and enjoy every bite. 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."

What do you think of Gal Gadot’s comments? Do you think the role of Wonder Woman is in good hands?

(Robot Underdog via Comic Book Movie)