WONDER Woman actress Gal Gadot has told how acting the superhero is child's play compared to being a mum of two young daughters.
Gadot, who has kids Alma, five, and Maya, eight months, said: "I know this sounds really cheesy but all mums are like Wonder Woman, they really are.
"Kids don't know or care about box office records or blockbuster movies. They are like, 'Yep, you're Wonder Woman . . . but what's for dinner?'
"There's nothing like kids to keep you grounded. I can have a sleepless night with a baby with colic and an early wake-up by my five-year-old.
"But then I'm watching The Cat In The Hat with my daughter and it amazes me how the simplest things are the ones to make us the happiest."
She continues with a smile: "This sounds cheesy too, but I feel like Wonder Woman when I give birth. When you deliver, you feel like you're a god.
"Like, 'Oh my god, I made this'."
Gadot, who stars as Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, in new super hero flick Justice League, is married to property tycoon Yaron Versano.
She has her millions of fans in stitches with a series of candid Instagram posts about the daily struggles of being a mum.
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They include one message which reads: "How to be a Mom in 2017: Make sure your children's academic, emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional, and social needs are met while being careful not to overstimulate, understimulate, improperly medicate, helicopter or neglect them . . .
"How to be a Mom in literally every generation before ours: Feed them sometimes.
"Who else can relate to this?"
Other posts see her dressed as a unicorn for a kids' party and wrapped in a duvet with the words: "It might be unrealistic, but my weekend goals."
Home is a far cry from her pampered movie star lifestyle, as down- to-earth Gadot says: "At the house I am the girls' mother, I am not the Hollywood star or the character or anything. I'm just Mum."
#Nofiltermoment With the daily routine of life, family and work I'm distracted all day long . Today I had a moment with myself when I was looking out the window at the beautiful clear blue sky and realized that I'm 9 months (!!!) pregnant and soon will have a new lovepup as an addition to our family.. could not be more grateful to the universe . Sending you guys some positive gratitude energies. ✨🙅🏻🤰🏻✨
The former Miss Israel, who served two years in her country's defence forces and was a combat trainer, made her debut as the female action hero last year in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. This year she was back in a film centred on her character.
The role has catapulted her to worldwide fame.
And as if the gruelling weapon and fight training for the part in Justice League wasn't tough enough, she did it all while having Maya.
In the film she fights alongside Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.
She remembered: "I was pregnant and showing for some of the additional scenes but special effects hid my bump.
"It didn't hinder the process, I could still do the action stuff and the physical scenes.
"And now it's nice to look at the movie and know Maya is in the movie with me. I love that.
"She has an entry on movie database IMDb. It took me years to get mine."
Despite the challenges, Gadot says she relished the role of Diana, who transforms into "bad ass" superhero Wonder Woman.
She said: "What I love about Diana is that she is just totally good, totally kind and totally sincere.
"She only cares about helping people and making the world a better place. In Justice League she's part of a team that's fighting to stop the end of humanity.
"She, alongside the other characters, is hope. We need hope in the world. I don't want to overly relate a superhero movie to the real world but you only need to pick up a newspaper or switch on the news and you see how much this world needs hope.
"The great thing about this movie is that every hero in The League has their own story to tell. Diana is the glue that keeps the group together at times.
"Maybe it's because she is a female who can rise above her own ego, maybe it's just her character traits, but she has an important role to play in keeping unity."
Filming for the blockbuster, which was released on Friday, saw Gal once again squeeze herself into the Lycra look made famous by Lynda Carter in the Seventies TV series.
In the build up to her first solo outing in the role, Gal worked out for six hours a day and gained 17lb of muscle, making her stronger than her husband.
And she claims she enjoyed getting back into superhero shape a second time as she loves exercise and has a good diet - with the occasional greasy burger as a treat.
She said: "Of course you have to be in good shape for the role. But I like working out and I eat healthily so that wasn't a major deal for me.
"If I am going to be bad, pretty much every time it's going to be cheeseburgers.
"After a long day's filming I feel like I could eat a dozen."
Despite the toned physique on film, Gal is still targeted by body shamers who slam her as "too skinny". She refuses to let their jibes get to her, saying defiantly: "I've been very active all my life.
"I was a combat instructor in the Israeli army.
"I gained a lot of body mass after I was first cast in the role.
"I danced for 12 years and I played a lot team sports, basketball, volleyball. But now I lift a lot of weights. That's new.
"I feel much stronger than I was. I feel it on my posture and the way I hold my body. I feel good.
"I started out very, very skinny and because I gained body mass I really enjoy the way my body looks better than I did before.
"I enjoy the curves. I enjoy the strength, the back, the guns.
"Now I'm aware of my muscles . . . and I like it."
She added: "I feel so much better now. When you feel strong, it changes everything."
This article was originally published on The Sun and was republished here with permission.
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