Gal Gadot Admits Her Controversial Imagine Cover Was in 'Poor Taste'

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  • Gal Gadot
    Gal Gadot
    Israeli actress, producer, and model; Miss Israel 2004
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Remember that harrowing day when you were minding your own business scrolling Twitter early in the pandemic and all of a sudden you were confronted with several dozen celebrities singing Imagine at you?

Well Gal Gadot—who starred in the widely-panned video alongside other celebs including Kristen Wiig, Sia, Will Ferrell, Jamie Dornan, and Natalie Portman—is admitting that it may not have been the best idea.

In an interview with InStyle, Gadot said she's able to find humour in how much everyone disliked the video, saying 'I don't take myself too seriously. And with the whole Imagine controversy, it's funny. I was calling Kristen [Wiig] and I was like, "Listen, I want to do this thing." The pandemic was in Europe and Israel before it came here [to the US] in the same way. I was seeing where everything was headed. But [the video] was premature. It wasn't the right timing, and it wasn't the right thing. It was in poor taste. All pure intentions, but sometimes you don't hit the bull's-eye, right?'

Jamie Dornan also spoke out about backlash to the video shortly after it dropped, saying to US Magazine: 'Kristen texted, "Gal and I are trying to organise this thing to lift spirits." So I was like, "Of course I’ll do it." Then she texted days later, saying, "Sorry."'

He added: 'I’ll tell you what the problem was. I literally did mine in the toilet of my house … Quite clearly, some people had escaped to their second home. There’s too much acreage in the background, too many beautiful trees swaying in the background, clearly in front of an ocean, that sort of craic.'

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