“Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon told anecdotes about the time she spent with Gal Gadot and showed off her impression of the Wonder Woman star — complete with Israeli accent — on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday.
McKinnon told host Jimmy Fallon that when Gadot was on “SNL” she and fellow comedienne Aidy Bryant spent quite a bit of time with the Israeli star. And they came to the realization that there is a vast gulf between their worlds.
“Oh, okay, now we know that we are Midwestern toads compared to this Mediterranean goddess,” she said.
“Everything she says is like a prophecy,” McKinnon joked with Fallon. “I asked her, like, do you have hobbies, Gal?”
Then, switching into Gadot mode, with her eyes half closed and in an Israeli accent, McKinnon continued, “And she was like, ‘I love to go to the beach. I love to paddleboard. I love to watch my children run in the sand. I love to go to the Maldives… Do you have a hobby, Kate?’ And I was like, ‘I watch Dateline!’”
McKinnon described the awe she felt being around Gadot, “Everything she said was magic.”
However, McKinnon — who famously portrayed Hillary Clinton during the US presidential election campaign, as well as a host of other characters including Kellyanne Conway, Angela Merkel and Theresa May — said that things got awkward at a dinner the “SNL” cast had with Gadot.
“We usually talk about what movies we’ve seen, what TV we’ve seen,” McKinnon explained. “But she just sat down and she was like, ‘I want everyone to go around the table and say something they’ve never told anyone.’ And we were like, ‘Yeah, okay, Gal.'”
But then Gadot insisted, “No, really, we have to do this,” she recalled, forcing the entire cast to awkwardly play the game of truth-telling, including “SNL” creator and producer Lorne Michaels, who McKinnon said looked “kind of freaked out the whole time.”
McKinnon ended the interview by saying Gadot had “changed the game, flipped the script.”
Gadot hosted the long-running comedy show in October, opening by poking fun at her own accent.
“Obviously I’m not from here, I’m from Alberquerque,” she joked.
In a sketch spoofing “Wonder Woman,” Gadot locked lips with McKinnon when the later, playing a lesbian, arrived in Themyscira, the mythical island only inhabited by beautiful women, where the superheroine hails from.
Gadot gamely offered to kiss McKinnon “and see if I feel something.” After a lengthy, passionate smooch, “Wonder Woman” declared, “I’m sorry I feel nothing.”