Young ‘Wonder Woman’ Star Hopes To Be ‘Just Like’ Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman Young DianaLilly Aspell had some huge shoes (or boots) to fill at only nine-years-old. The Scottish actress had to step into the role of young Diana in Wonder Woman, and she spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the experience.

At first not knowing she was auditioning for Wonder Woman, the young actress said she found the character in the script she was given to be very much like herself. When she got the part, she got to step onto a film set with the likes of Patty Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, and, of course, Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.

“Diana is very like me, so Patty just told me to be natural and let my own character come through,” Aspell recalled. “This made my job much easier. I have so much admiration for Patty and I would love to work with her again someday. She really is inspirational.”

As for working with her onscreen mother? “Connie was so professional and has an amazing aura surrounding her. She helped me relax as my first days filming was with her and it was pretty nerve-racking!”

Aspell had a lot of fun filming with Nielsen under Jenkins’ direction, and there’s one scene, in particular, she had the most fun shooting:

My favorite scene to shoot was riding Vendeval, the gray stallion, through the yellow field. I think it is an amazing scene and made me smile when I watched the movie. The most challenging was when I run up the stairs away from my tutor. We shot it a few times and although I’m pretty fit, I did get tired out!

Although the young actor didn’t get to appear onscreen with Gadot, she was still able to meet the actress, learn from her, and receive some sage advice:

Gal is such a wonderful person and was very helpful. I would often watch her filming and try and listen to her accent, she told me to only act if you enjoy it as it can really show in your performance, the day you don’t enjoy it, you should stop. She is also very kind and down-to- earth. I’d love to be just like her when I’m older.

We feel you Lilly, being like Gal Gadot seems like a pretty great goal to us too.

Wonder Woman is in theaters now.

Source: THR

5 Greatest Moments In ‘Wonder Woman’

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It’s no surprise here that Wonder Woman is not only dominating at the box office, but it’s a huge hit amongst comic and film fans alike. The film is a major triumph in many ways and there are several reasons as to why this is the case. The direction, the acting, the script, and the time in which it has been released, it has had an effect on the quality and the reception of the film. Wonder Woman is an inspiration for many and the film takes its time to highlight her in all her glory. There is a wealth of incredible elements in this film as well as great moments. There is so much to choose from, but there are definitely certain moments that stick out more so than the others.

Here are the 5 Greatest Moments in Wonder Woman. There will be Spoilers. Click next to continue.

5. Ares Reveals Himself

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The film does an excellent job at setting up Ludendorff as Ares, but after he is killed, Sir Patrick reveals himself to be Ares the entire time. Ares didn’t actively engage in combat, but he secretly gave suggestions to people so that they can destroy themselves. It’s a brilliant reveal showing that who we thought was good was quietly the mastermind the entire time. It makes more sense that Ares would be smarter about his orchestration and the reveal was a surprise. In addition to the reveal we get a grand battle following soon after with Ares wearing the iconic armor that he is known for in the comics.

4. Alley Fight
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While with Diana in London, Steve notices he’s being tailed and he quickly pulls into an alleyway only to be met with a thug pointing a gun in his face. Quickly Diana ends up deflecting another man’s bullet and she takes out the men with ease. This scene shows her capabilities as a fighter and Steve gets to see more of how incredible she really is. It’s a fun moment that highlights the bad-ass that is Diana. It also is a scene that pays tribute to the 1978 Superman film where instead of deflecting a bullet, Superman caught it.   

3. Steve’s Sacrifice

Steve Greatest Moments

Steve Trevor constantly proves himself to be more than just a normal man. His heroics and loyalty to Diana are proven throughout the film. He’s a great man trying to end this war and to save people. In the climax of the film the Germans are prepared to deliver a plane filled with deadly poisonous gas to kill millions of people. The plane is about to take off, but the only way to stop the gas from killing people is to destroy it out of harm’s way. Steve tells Diana he loves her and jumps in. He ends up blowing himself up and the gas with him. He gave his life for his cause and he became the ultimate hero and the motivation Diana needed to destroy Ares. It hits home the message that people are good and worth fighting for. 

2. The Battle On Themyscira

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When Steve Trevor first finds himself within Themyscira he isn’t alone. He’s being tailed by the German army and they end up in a conflict between the Amazons. This scene is special because it shows the power and the fighting capabilities of these amazing women. It’s a payoff to the training that has been shown since the first moments in the film. It’s a beautifully shot moment and certainly one of the most important action sequences as it allows Diana to learn and trust Steve. It also is crucial in that it shows the significance of the death of Antiope, who has been a mentor to Diana. This death allows her to see the severity of the world outside and the war that Steve describes in the next scene. This trust is crucial for the remainder of the film and this is a memorable sequence.

1. No Man’s Land

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The single greatest scene in the entire film is No Man’s Land. By far it is the most heroic and most action-heavy sequence. This scene earns the top spot for the simple fact that this shows Wonder Woman. Not just Diana, but Wonder Woman. No Man’s Land is the place in between the trenches and the heavily German occupied area where a stretch of land that is certain death to anyone who isn’t Diana. At the cost of her own life she takes on the heavily armed Germans with machine guns showing her as a hero to the people of the occupied town. She’s the epitome a superhero in this moment and it’s probably the most entertaining scene in the film. It’s a moment that reportedly almost got cut, but it’s so crucial to the film and to the character of Diana. It certainly earns its place here.

If I were to go over what makes the film so great it would be a lot of ground to cover and it would include these moments and so many more. These exemplify the high quality of the film and hopefully you felt similarly to me when seeing these scenes play out on the big screen.

So what are your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments!

Whitney Eklof

Whitney Eklof

Whitney Eklof is a nerd, gamer, and media lover. She spends her days undercover managing a marketing team and comes out at night to write...