Gal Gadot was born on 30 April 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel, where she first lived; she was later raised in the city of Rosh HaAyin. In Hebrew, Her given name means “wave” and her surname means “riverbank”.
Her father is Michael Gadot, an engineer, and her mother is Irit Gadot, a physical education teacher. Before her birth, her parents had Hebraized their surname from “Greenstein” to “Gadot”, her father is a sixth-generation Sabra.
She has a younger sister named Dana. Gadot has stated that she was brought up in a “very Jewish, Israeli family environment” and is of Ashkenazi descent.
Growing up in Israel, Gadot learned and danced jazz and hip-hop for 12 years, and her first jobs were working at a local Burger King as well as babysitting.
At age 18, Gadot entered the national beauty pageant, Miss Israel, under the impression that it would be a “fun” experience, as stated in a Glamour interview. “I never thought I could win.” At age 20, she enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat fitness instructor as part of her mandatory two years of military service.
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