Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot will be honored with the Rising Star Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Festival. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, takes place January 2nd at the Palm Springs Convention Center with the fest taking place January 4-15.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious and compassionate character, and her performance has been universally praised, resonating with audiences everywhere,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Gal plays the immortal warrior so well, and the film’s themes are especially apt for today, empowering all types of people – women and men, young and old – the world over. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Gal Gadot with this year’s Rising Star Award – Actress.”

Previous recipients of the award include Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, and Ruth Negga.

Click on the media bar below to hear Gadot discuss the “inner light” and “compassion” of Wonder Woman:

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