GQ cover star—and natural-born Israeli—Gal Gadot tells Caity Weaver that she’s done worrying about her accent.

“I fought my accent for so long,” Gadot says. “Like, I gotta sound more American. I was a little bit shy about my accent. Until I let it go. My dialect coach told me, ‘As long as you’re clear and understood, own it.’ And since I’ve started to own it, I feel free.”

While Gadot’s first language is Hebrew, the actress began taking English lessons in third grade, mastering her skills when she decided she wanted to watch Seinfeld and Friends. And although Wonder Woman viewers might’ve wondered at times exactly what their heroine was saying—“at the emotional climax” of the movie, Weaver writes, Gadot “unleashes an anguished cry of ‘Stiv!’ to the heavens while witnessing an incident that imperils her boyfriend, Steve”—she’s not exactly up at night worrying about her accent.

“Gadot’s grasp of English is strong, if not quite a death grip,” Weaver writes, observing Gadot over the course of several days in the star’s home city of Tel Aviv, Israel. “Her words often come out sounding faintly connected, like they’re all coated with honey and sticking together.”

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