Gal Gadot admits playing Wonder Woman while pregnant was tougher than it looked

No doubt you’ve heard that Israeli actress Gal Gadot is a real life superhero filming both blockbusters Wonder Woman and Justice League while pregnant, but now she’s opened up about the trickiest parts of being on the job with a baby bump to contend with. 

Ah, morning sickness

Nausea, headaches, vomiting, tiredness – many expecting mums have to endure morning (or all day) sickness in the first trimester (and sometimes the whole nine months!) and Gal was no different. 

“I found out I was pregnant while shooting Justice League. I had terrible migraines. I would show up in dark glasses and they all thought I was going Hollywood, but I was only pregnant,” the 32-year-old told W Magazine.

Justice League is the third time Gal Gadot has played the iconic female character Wonder Woman from the DC Comics universe. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being her first outing (the only one she DIDN’T film while pregnant), followed by her solo blockbuster, Wonder Woman.

Keeping mum

While fighting supervillains and morning sickness when filming the soon-to-be released Justice League with fellow superhero actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, the actor says the hardest part was actually keeping her pregnancy news a secret from fellow cast-mates.

“I didn’t want attention,” she said in an new cover interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. “The default should be that women get the job done, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of reprogramming that needs to be done to both genders.”

It was at this time that Gal was pregnant with her second daughter with husband Yaron Versano (little Maya was born in March earlier this year).

Bump in the road

Morning sickness and hiding the fact she was pregnant weren’t the only challenges our real-life Wonder Woman had to face. Her groundbreaking solo female superhero film of the same name (which has since earned almost 800 million dollars worldwide and become the top grossing movie ever directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins), required Gal to go back for some scene reshoots after the main filming had finished. This wouldn’t ordinarily have been an issue, but by then it posed a bit of a problem given she was then five months along and sporting a bump.

“We cut open the costume and had this green screen on my stomach,” she told Rolling Stone. “It was funny as hell – Wonder Woman with a bump.”

A wonderful inspiration

Gal’s depiction of the iconic Amazonian warrior has now made Wonder Woman become an even bigger inspiration to girls and women everywhere, and the fact she did most of it while pregnant too really takes the cake. For the actress though, being a strong female role model is something she takes in her stride.  

“People always ask me, ‘Are you a feminist?,’ And I find the question surprising, because I think, ‘Yes, of course. Every woman, every man, everyone should be a feminist,” she said. “Because whoever is not a feminist is a sexist’.”

Mama time

When she’s not kicking serious butt in action films, Gal (who has recently moved to LA) loves spending time with her two little girls and husband, cooking Italian food, chilling out to music and valuing “the really simple moments.”

We are glad to hear she is getting some well-deserved downtime with her family.

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