Gal Gadot was looking fashionable in Studio City, LA as she stepped out this week. The 36-year-old actress showed off her slim figure in a stunning dark coat that she tied around her waist with a sash. Recently, she had to defend her role in the upcoming movie Cleopatra due to backlash over her being white.
Gal Gadot looked fashionable as she stepped out in Studio City, Los Angeles recently. The Israeli actress, who served in her country’s military, is set to play the role of Cleopatra, the legendary queen of Egypt. There have been debates about “whitewashing” in films as white actresses have played the character in the past. However, Gal addressed this issue during an interview with BBC Arabic, stating that if we want to remain true to the facts, Cleopatra was of Macedonian origin. She also mentioned that they were initially searching for a Macedonian actress to fill the role but could not find anyone suitable. As a co-producer on the film, she expressed her passion for playing the iconic character.
The famous 36-year-old actress flaunted her slender figure in a sleek black overcoat that she tightened around her waist with a belt. She spoke about her admiration for Cleopatra, expressing her desire to honor the Egyptian queen’s legacy through her portrayal. Gal Gadot even challenged other filmmakers to create their own version of the story. Initially, she was set to work with Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, but Kari Skogland is now directing the film while Patty takes on a producing role and focuses on other projects.
In a recent interview with InStyle, Gal spoke about her upcoming Cleopatra movie and defended herself against criticism for being white. She promised that the film would celebrate Cleopatra’s story and showcase her intelligence and impact on the world. Gal acknowledged that the role has been played by many actresses throughout history, including Elizabeth Taylor, whose 1963 film was a failure. Elizabeth faced obstacles in filming due to her conversion to Judaism and support for “Israeli causes.” Gal believes that her version of the story is what the world needs to hear now.
Gal Gadot’s casting as Cleopatra has sparked controversy, but this is not the first time the actress has faced backlash for a role. Her portrayal of Wonder Woman also caused political issues due to her service in the Israeli military. Other white actresses, such as Judi Dench, have played the role of Cleopatra in the past, though Dench felt she was not the right fit for the part due to her age and stature rather than ethnicity. Gadot’s previous role led to bans of the film in Lebanon, Tunisia, and Qatar, while Jordan considered a ban but ultimately did not impose one.