After the initial filming of D.C. Entertainment’s Wonder Woman, the cast and crew were called back to set for retakes of the film’s major battle scene. At this point, the Wonder Woman actress, Gal Gadot, was five months pregnant.
The Israeli Defense Forces veteran and Miss Israel 2004 has experience being a strong female role model, but she never imagined she would have to act out an intense battle scene in the middle of her second trimester.
With her baby bump visible, the crew worked hard to blend the original scenes with the newly shot, maternity style battle scenes. They even replaced parts of her Wonder Woman suit with green chroma fabric to be able to adjust her appearance digitally.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gadot describes running through fields during fight scenes, “On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman. On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Director, Patty Jenkins told EW that “Now, at least, we will be able to tell her [new] daughter Maya that she’s in her mom’s stomach right then, in the middle of that battle scene.”
Many people in the crew have described Gadot as having an incredible work ethic and tenacity, both of which were highlighted during her pregnancy.
This story serves as a great reminder that, despite what culture may say, pregnant women can fulfill their dreams and goals, even if they include being Wonder Woman.
While Gadot may not have been in ‘Wonder Woman’ shape physically at five months pregnant, her drive to be a role model to her little girl enabled her to achieve heights beyond superhero standards.
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