Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot was honored with the Rising Star Award last night at the Palm Springs Film Festival. During her acceptance speech, Gadot thanked Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, who cast her as Wonder Woman and gave her a life-changing opportunity in Hollywood.

“Thank you so much for this honor,” Gadot said. “This is all very new to me and weird and I feel so humbled to be here, especially in a room filled with people that I’m inspired by and admire so much. Thank you. I’ve always felt that it was rewarding enough to do what I love and to work with such wonderful people. So to also be given this award is really, really special.

“Four years ago, I got tired of all the ‘no’s and the rejections that I just wanted to quit acting. But of course the universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways and I received a phone call that I got this very special part. Zack Snyder had this strong vision of who Wonder Woman should be and I am forever grateful that he gave me the opportunity to play this iconic character. Thank you Zack for believing in me.

“Working on Wonder Woman was a life-changing experience. This character represents so much that I believe in. She’s about doing the right thing, helping others, sticking to her beliefs, and she’s motivated by the most beautiful quality: love. This is something we all need and are inspired by.”

Gadot will suit up again later this summer when Wonder Woman 2 goes into production. It’s slated for a November 1, 2019 release.

VIA: ComicBook.com