Hollywood actress Gal Gadot has made a name for herself in the industry through her successful roles in blockbuster movies such as Fast & Furious, Wonder Woman and Red Notice. Despite her accomplishments, the 38-year-old star still feels like she doesn’t quite belong in Hollywood and even experiences Imposter Syndrome, a condition where high-performing individuals feel anxious about their abilities. In a recent interview with L’Officiel magazine, Gadot opened up about her insecurities while posing for glamorous photos in New York City over the weekend. Despite her success, Gadot admits that she always feels like an impostor and worries about whether people will like her work.
Gal Gadot, also known as the Green goddess, has achieved remarkable success in Hollywood through her notable roles in blockbuster movies like Fast & Furious, Wonder Woman, and Red Notice. Despite her achievements, the 38-year-old actress does not feel like she fully fits in the entertainment industry. She even revealed that she experiences Imposter Syndrome, a psychological condition characterized by feeling anxious and doubtful of one’s abilities despite performing at a high level.
In a recent interview with L’Officiel magazine, an Israeli celebrity opened up about her insecurities while posing for glamorous photos. She disclosed that talking to Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppola helped calm her nerves. She asked him how it felt to be a national treasure, and he shared that he is always filled with doubts and fears that people won’t like his work. He advised her to follow her heart and to come into everything with humility. This was a significant lesson for her, as she realized that even someone as accomplished as Coppola can feel insecure. She also discussed her upcoming film, Heart of Stone, which she will be producing with her husband Jaron Versano. She believes that as long as a story is universal, it can be successful, and she wants to create a female-protagonist action movie that is gritty, raw, and grounded, rather than polished like a superhero movie.
There’s this amusing sensation that I often experience – I call it “imposter syndrome”. Basically, I feel incredibly fortunate and overjoyed that I’m able to pursue my biggest passion. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel like a bit of a fraud, as if I don’t fully deserve this incredible opportunity.
The other side of the coin: According to the famous actress, she always hopes that her audience enjoys her work. As an actor, she usually receives a script and discusses it with the filmmaker, but creating something from scratch is more stimulating and exciting. Her character in her latest project is flawed, which she loves. She wanted to portray a real person who had to learn to do everything on their own and could never fully trust anyone. This is why she chose to work with Tom Harper, who directed Wild Rose, a small story that was character-driven. The emotional performance and story were more important to her than the action. Additionally, she enjoyed working with her spouse, who came from a business background and sold his real estate portfolio in Tel Aviv to work with her. He was the missing piece, as he had the business mind to take care of her interests better than anyone else.
Do you think it will be well-received? The accomplished actress disclosed that she never feels confident that her work will be adored.
Gal received some valuable advice from Hollywood icon Francis Ford Coppola to calm her nerves. During a conversation with writer Hannah Jackson, Gal shared how she asked Coppola about being a national treasure. Gal hopes that audiences will be thrilled by the movie and not just anticipate the ending. The team aimed to create an original piece, drawing inspiration from other big-budget movies such as Mission Impossible and Bond films. They shot the movie in five different locations – Iceland, Morocco, Lisbon, London, and Italy in the Alps – and Gal particularly enjoyed Lisbon for its people, food, culture, and easy filming experience. Despite borrowing a few elements from other films, the team tried to make the movie unique and authentic by shooting most of the action scenes live.
Coppola is popularly recognized for his exceptional work in The Godfather trilogy. According to him, he always finds himself uncertain of his choices and fears rejection. However, Coppola relies on his instinct and works humbly to overcome his doubts. This, among other lessons, was significant for him.
During a recent encounter, the renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola confided in the actress about his occasional bouts of insecurity. In response, she realized that she too experiences similar feelings of self-doubt on a regular basis. The meeting took place in 2022 and was captured in a photograph taken by Celeste Sloman, with styling by Cristina Ehrlich.
In her upcoming role in Snow White, the actress is set to play the villain, an opportunity she relishes. She expresses her excitement at getting to explore her dark side and sing while portraying the first evil villain in Disney’s history. The actress reveals that it was initially challenging to detach from the character, and she felt as though she was performing on stage due to the grandiose nature of the production. Nonetheless, she enjoyed the experience immensely.