“Cleopatra” Star Gal Gadot Covers InStyle’s ‘Badass Women’ Issue

Posted on January 04, 2022

Gal Gadot is gracing the cover of InStyle’s February ‘Badass Women’ issue. The February cover star talks childbirth, the Israeli army, and, yes, “Imagine.”




On joining the military: “But you can only speak from the prism of your life and what you know. Everyone I know went to the army—my parents, my grandparents, my friends. It’s kind of in the DNA of being Israeli. It’s mandatory.

On speaking her mind: On I was always, “Fuck it, I’m going to talk now.” I was never shy about my voice. That could have something to do with the culture I’m coming from, the directness and cut-the-bullshit.

On singing Imagine at Elle Women in Hollywood Awards: And with the whole “Imagine” controversy, it’s funny. [In March 2020 Gadot released a video of her and celebrity friends singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” that was branded as tone-deaf on social media.] I was calling Kristen [Wiig] and I was like, “Listen, I want to do this thing.” The pandemic was in Europe and Israel before it came here [to the U.S.] in the same way. I was seeing where everything was headed. But [the video] was premature. It wasn’t the right timing, and it wasn’t the right thing. It was in poor taste. All pure intentions, but sometimes you don’t hit the bull’s-eye, right? I felt like I wanted to take the air out of it, so that [event] was a delightful opportunity to do that.

On pay disparity in Hollywood: “People love to portray women as if we catfight and we’re jealous, but there was so much love and support, and like, “Yes! Finally!” I got that from amazing women around the world—big actresses too. I thought, “Oh my god, I can’t believe she just thanked me.”

On upcoming film Cleopatra: “I can’t reveal a lot, but I can tell you that we’re going to celebrate the Cleopatra story. We’re going to show not just how sexy and appealing she was, but how stra- tegic and smart, and how much impact she had and still has on the world we’re living in today. I’ve watched all the Cleopatra movies throughout history, but I feel like we’re telling the story the world needs to hear now.”


The interview will be featured in InStyle’s February issue hitting newsstands on January 14th.


Style Credits:
Cover: Courrèges Dress | Tiffany and Co. Watch | By Far Boots | Ring, her own 
Image 1: Louis Vuitton Dress | Tiffany and Co. Watch | By Far Boots | Ring, her own 
Image 2: Valentino Coat | Tiffany and Co. Watch | By Far Boots | Ring, her own 

Photography by Giampaolo Sgura
Styling by Elizabeth Stewart
Hair by Teddy Charles
Makeup by Sabrina Bedrani
Manicure by Shigeko Taylor


[Photo Credit: Giampaolo Sgura for InStyle Magazine]

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