Just two days after a rousing speech by Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes, Hollywood actress Gal Gadot showed the world why she is the real ‘Wonder Woman’ of Hollywood.
The actress was honoured with the #SeeHer award at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards.
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins presented her with the #SeeHer Award, honouring the actress for challenging female stereotypes on screen and off.
Gadot accepted the award by saying that all her life she wanted to play a role of a strong, independent, pure hearted, real women and she found all these qualities in Daiana Prince aka Wonder Woman.
The Israeli actress thanked the critics ‘for this amazing honour and recognition’ and thanked her ‘friend and sister’ Patty for the award.
Gal also shared about the box office success that women enjoyed but also noted that there is still a long way to go.
Read her speech here:
‘Throughout my career, I was always asked to describe my dream role.
‘And it was clear to me that I wanted to portray a strong and independent woman — a real one.
‘The irony in this is that later, I was cast as Wonder Woman, and all of these qualities I looked for, I found in her.
‘She’s full of heart, strength, compassion, and forgiveness.
‘She sees wrong that must be made right; she takes action when everyone around her is idle.
‘She commands the attention of the world. And in doing so, she sets a positive example for humanity.
‘Wonder Woman also struggles with her own love and hopes, she gets confused, insecure, and she’s not perfect. And that’s what makes her real.
‘We wanted her to be universal, to be an inspiration to all people all around the world, and our plan was to make sure we didn’t give too much attention to the fact that she’s a woman.
‘The whole process of creating this film inspired me, and I hope we managed to inspire others.
‘Now, when I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors.
‘This year, three of the top-grossing films were female-led, and one of them was directed by my wonderful Patty Jenkins.
‘There were eight other films in [the] top 100 which were directed by females. So although this is progress, there is still a long way to go.
‘Patty just shared an anecdote with me. And she said someone told her that his three-year-old saw the movie, and when the movie ended, the boy said, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a woman!’
‘So as artists, and as filmmakers, I believe it’s not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect.
‘In the past weeks and months, we’ve been witnessing a movement in our industry and society, and I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what’s right: Standing for those who can’t stand or speak for themselves.
‘My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced, and we will continue: band together to make strides, uniting for equality.’
(With inputs from ANI)