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19 Reasons Why Gal Gadot Should Be Your New Girl Crush

Gal Gadot's career is on the fast track; the 30-year-old Israeli-American actress and model will star as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled for release on March 25, 2016. Between her stunning natural beauty and super-cool attitude, we predict that Gadot is going to be every gal's next girl crush. Join us as we count down 19 awesome facts about the model, dancer, mother, actress, and former pageant winner.

Her First Name is a Bit Tricky

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Gal's first name means "wave" in Hebrew. It's pronounced a bit differently than you might thinkā€”it rhymes with "doll."

She Was Miss Israel

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In 2004, Gal Gadot joined the Miss Israel beauty pageant. While she was just hoping for an experience she could "tell her grandchildren about," Gal was "extremely surprised" when she won!

She Does Her Own Stunts!

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Much like other Israeli natives, Gadot served two years in the country's military. Her job was as a "fight training instructor," which required her to run 7 miles every day at 6:30 a.m. No wonder she's in great shape.

She Loves to Dance

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If Gadot wasn't an actress, she says she'd love to be a professional dance choreographer. Why? She said, "I was a dancer for 12 years," practicing ballet, modern dance, jazz, and hip-hop.

She's Casual

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While Gadot's red carpet style is always elegant and feminine, she admits that she prefers casual clothes when she's not in the spotlight. In fact, she owns, she says, "like 70 pairs" of jeans from department store brands like Levi's and Calvin Klein!

She Loves Motorcycles

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Gal Gadot's daredevil stunts in Fast & Furious weren't all fake. Gadot is a huge fan of motorcycles and owns a black 2006 Ducati that she rides regularly.

She Takes Her Roles Seriously

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In preparation to film Batman v Superman, Gadot started a workout regime to transform herself into an "Amazon." She's been trying to build body mass by doing "kung fu, kickboxing, swords, jujitsu," and more.

She Wants Women to Be Empowered

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Gadot is a huge advocate for more empowering roles for female actresses. Gadot has said, "There aren't enough good roles for strong women. I wish we had more female writers."

She Believes You're Wonder Woman, Too

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Gadot is an outspoken advocate for equality. She's said that all women are "amazing" and "wonder women," regardless of age, body type, or any other factors.

She's a Mother

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Gadot is a mother to one daughter, three-year-old Alma. She's been known to post adorable Instagrams of their art projects.

She Grocery-Shops

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Despite her sudden fame, Gadot is pretty darn normal. She has even shared pictures of herself pushing a cart through a grocery store on an "unexpectedly free evening."

She's a Horse Lover

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Motorcycles aren't the only thing that Gadot loves to ride; she's a huge fan of horses. And she has passed her love for riding on to her daughter, Alma.

She Owned a Hotel

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Until April 2015, Gadot and her husband Yaron Varsano owned a hotel in Tel Aviv. The luxury accommodations are located in the district of Neve Tzedek.

She's a Lot of Fun

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By all accounts, Gadot knows how to laugh. Despite her famous work ethic, she has stated, "I love comedy. In real life I'm the type of girl who doesn't take herself too seriously."

She Balances Priorities

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It can't be easy for Gadot to balance her jobs as a wife, mother, and actress, but she manages. She has stated that it's possible to have a high-profile career and family, "as long as you have your priorities figured out in a healthy way."

She Doesn't Worry about the Haters

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Gadot knows she may receive some criticism for her upcoming portrayal of Wonder Woman from die-hard comic fans. She's not worried about it, though. "People will always have something to say because that's the way people are. And it's okay."

She Loves Learning

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Gadot didn't get a chance to finish college, thanks to a busy modeling and film career. However, in the future she'd love to go back to "maybe study film or art history."

She's Not Always Confident

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Gadot understands that it's not always easy to be a woman. She admits that she is "a pretty confident woman, [but] I have my moments, like any woman does."

She Isn't a Food Snob

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Despite her love for watching cooking shows, Gadot isn't a fussy eater. Her ideal menu would be a "cheeseburger, [and] french fries with a lot of ketchup and mayo!"

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