Gal Gadot never expected to land a hugely influential movie role.

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot

The 32-year-old beauty can next be seen on the big screen as the titular character in superhero blockbuster 'Wonder Woman' and she admits the project is a dream come true.

She said: "She is the ultimate symbol of strength.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd grow up to be in a movie playing someone who has influenced as many women as she has.

"Nowadays, being a woman is hard.

"So often, we have to be the best wife, best mother, best worker -- the best everything, it seems.

"But I truly believe we are more empowered.

"We're also stronger, sophisticated and can achieve what we want.

"That's what I would like my daughters to know.

"It is so important for girls and boys to have a female, strong superhero to look up to."

The Israeli actress previously spent two years in the military and thinks it was good preparation for a career in Hollywood.

She told the Sunday Post: "The army wasn't that difficult for me. You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect.

"The things I've been through as a soldier prepared me to deal with career things as well -- the military gave me good training for Hollywood."

Gal was a physical training instructor in the army, and very popular with the other soldiers.

She said: "The soldiers loved me because I made them fit."

The former beauty queen - who has daughters Alma, five, and two-month-old Maya, with her husband Yaron Versano - is delighted with the way training for 'Wonder Woman' has transformed her physique.

She said: "Since I started training, and before I was pregnant, I gained 17 pounds and it was all muscle. When you feel strong, it changes everything -- your posture, the way you walk.

"I look at photos from five years ago and think: 'Whoa, I was too skinny.' Not cool."

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