Fast & Furious Actress was a Former Israeli Soldier

May 27, 2013  

A red carpet premiere for a Hollywood blockbuster in Tel Aviv is something we rarely get to see here, however when one of the stars of the movie is Israeli this is a completely different story. So join us for the Tel Aviv world premiere of Fast and Furious 6.

Gal Gadot (Hebrew: גל גדות‎; born April 30, 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Gadot is known for her role as Gisele Yashar in the Fast and the Furious film series.

In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 5 on its list of “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world.”


Gadot was born and grew up in Rosh HaAyin, Israel. She has stated that she was brought up in a “very Jewish, Israeli family environment”. At the age of 19, she attended and won the 2004 Miss Israel competition. After winning, she travelled to Ecuador to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. She did not place in the top 15 and returned to Israel to work as a model. She eventually made the move to Hollywood and became an actress. Gadot married her boyfriend, Israeli businessman Yaron Versano, during the filming of Fast & Furious, on September 28, 2008. At the beginning of November 2011, Gadot and Versano welcomed their first baby girl, Alma.

Modeling career

In 2007, she took a part in the Maxim photo shoot “Women of the Israeli army,” which focused on Israeli models who served in the Israel Defense Forces. Gadot’s photo was on the invitation to the launch party, and she featured on the cover of the New York Post. Since 2008, Gadot has been a leading model for Castro, one of the largest Israeli clothing brands. Her height is 175 cm (5’9″).

Film and acting career

In 2008, Gadot played the lead in the Israeli drama Bubot (“Dolls”). She appeared in Fast & Furious alongside co-stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, having beaten six other actresses for the role. In 2010, Gadot had a small role in the action-adventure Knight and Day, which starred Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. In the film, she played Naomi, a henchwoman to Tom Cruise’s enemy. Earlier in the same year, she had a small role in the movie Date Night as Natanya, Holbrooke’s (Mark Wahlberg) Israeli girlfriend. April 2011 brought her back to the The Fast & the Furious franchise, reprising her character in Fast Five. In May 2013, Gadot again played Gisele, in Fast & Furious 6.


Miss Israel 2004 Gal Gadot Winner

Miss Universe 2004 Miss Israel Did not place


2007 Bubot Miriam “Merry” Elkayam TV Series

2009 Fast & Furious Gisele Yashar

2009 Entourage Lisa TV Series

2009 The Beautiful Life Olivia TV Series

2010 Date Night Natanya

2010 Knight and Day Naomi

2011 Fast Five Gisele Yashar

2011 Asfur Kika TV Series

2012 Katmandu Yamit TV Series

2013 Fast & Furious 6 Gisele Yashar

Pictures of Israeli Female Soldiers

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  1. By DWaters0204, June 25, 2013

    I love the movie the Fast and the Furious, I didn’t know that she was an Israeli solider. She looks so feminine and petite and I would have never guessed that she was in the Israeli military, that is so cool! Not only is she beautiful on the outside but a strong woman on the inside.

  2. By maccabette, July 3, 2013

    Israeli women are the most beautiful women in the world!

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