“Of course” Wonder Woman is a feminist, says Gal Gadot when speaking with EW recently. The film was screened for some members of the press earlier this week and so far, the response has been positive. And of course, with the first solo female superhero film, there has been a lot of discussion about feminism and so on, but Gadot speaks up about how people often have a “misconception” about what it is to begin with.
“Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course. I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That’s not it. For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and [women] choosing what we want to do. If it’s salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It’s not men vs. women or women vs. men.”
Gadot continues, saying that the way she played Diana was indicative of her upbringing and how that comes into play when she realizes the unequal treatment of women in society.
“It was important to me that my character would never come and preach about how men should treat women. Or how women should perceive themselves. It was more about playing oblivious to society’s rules. ‘What do you mean women can’t go into the Parliament? Why?’. It’s just reminding everyone how things should be. I wanted to play the fish out of water, but I didn’t want to play her too silly.”
In terms of Steve Trevor, Gadot says they had to have a very equal relationship.
“We didn’t want to make Steve the damsel in distress, and we wanted them to have a very equal relationship. If she falls in love with him, then he should be someone that every woman falls in love with.”
Director Patty Jenkins adds that Steve and Diana’s relationship is one to strive for for women in particular because he supports Diana in all her endeavors.
“Steve Trevor is the perfect fantasy for any modern woman. ‘I want to have the job I’ve always wanted. I want to be strong and powerful and all those things, but I want a really hot boyfriend that thinks that’s great and has a sense of humor about the whole thing.’”
Wonder Woman is in theaters June 2, 2017.