Gal Gadot‘s name is about to be immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Jewish actress will be making history as the first Israeli actress to have her name inducted at the iconic Los Angeles landmark, and will be honored along with some other pretty amazing actors, including Michelle Yeoh and Chadwick Boseman, the latter of whom will be inducted posthumously.
You might imagine that Gadot discovered this news in a thrilling call from her agent or publicist, but it actually came to her in an incredibly Israeli way. In the midst of doing press for new spy thriller film “Heart of Stone,” Gadot got a call from her husband, Jaron Varsano. It turns out, he was getting celebratory messages from the Israeli press, congratulating his wife for getting a Hollywood star. “He called to ask about it,” Gadot recounted in a video shared on her Instagram, “and I had absolutely no idea what was going on.”
Leave it to Israelis to always know the best gossip before anyone else — and to be the first to call and congratulate you on your good news. Gadot then called her publicist who confirmed the news, which, she said, left her “grateful and thankful and humble.” On Instagram, she thanked the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and shared that this recognition adds fuel for her “to continue doing what I love so much.”
Gadot joins many incredible Jewish celebrities already on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, including legendary actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, whose name made it to the Walk of Fame in 1960. Lamarr was once called “the most beautiful woman in Hollywood” and invented technology that helped us get GPS and WiFi. Gadot is currently working on a series about Lamarr in which she will star as the Jewish icon.
Gadot is also not the only Jewish star in the Walk of Fame class of 2024. Jewish dads Eugene Levy and Michael Schur are also getting their own stars, as is Maggie Gyllenhaal, born Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal.
Mazal tov, Gal and all! We’re kvelling.