The brunette beauty revealed she didn’t actually know which role she was trying out for initially. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon, the star revealed that before she landed the role of a lifetime, she had considered quitting acting for good after failing to snag parts.
“This profession — the rejection can be tough,” she shared. “I had so many ‘almost’ [auditions], and another camera test, and then it was almost mine, and another role… and I told my husband, ‘I’m not sure how long I can take it,’ always dragging my family to Los Angeles.”
On one of these trips to LA, though, the actress connected with Zac Snyder, director of Batman v Superman and a major player in the DC Extended Universe (which includes Wonder Woman).
“I got a phone call from Zac Snyder to audition me for this ‘secret role.’ I was like, ‘Okay, sure, I’ll do that,'” she said.
But how do you read for a part without knowing what that part is? “You get the lines, but you have no idea what the story is about, what the character is, nothing,” Gal explained.
“I went back to Israel to shoot an Israeli movie and I didn’t know if I wanted to continue acting afterward. Anyway, I’m in Israel, I get a phone call [saying] that they wanted to do a camera test. I’m like, ‘Again? Another almost?'” she continued, explaining that her agent was surprised to learn that she hadn’t yet been told anything about the role.
“Anyway, Zac called me two days later and he says, ‘I don’t know if you have this character in Israel, whether she’s big or not, but did you ever hear about Wonder Woman?’ And I was like…’Yes, yeah. I’ll be there. Done!'”
The rest, of course, is superhero history, with the film going on to make over $100 million at the box office in its opening weekend. If you ever needed proof that persistence is key…
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This article originally appeared on Grazia.