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Getting in front of a live audience can be a challenge for anyone, and that challenge is expounded upon when there are also millions of people tuning in at home. And while actress Gal Gadot may currently be known for showcasing her heroics in Wonder Woman and other DCEU films, she'll soon be in the spotlight as the second Saturday Night Live guest host for Season 43. Speaking at 92nd Street Y over the weekend, Gadot talked about her SNL-hosting fears by comparing it to the event she was already speaking at.
[HFPA president] Meher [Tatna] and I were talking behind stage about how nervous we are doing this [92nd Street Y event]. [SNL is] gonna be crazy. I love this show. That's my fear --- to speak like a dummy.
Gal Gadot is one of the most popular celebs out there right now, so people will lend their ears attentively no matter what she's doing, but it's not so much a worry about other people just blindly criticizing her. It's more about her Israeli accent slipping up, and she only remarked about not wanting to sound like a dummy after she verbally flubbed saying "love" in the quote above, according to Insider.
At some point soon after that, Gal Gadot was asked by an audience member if she really was nervous about hosting SNL for the first time. And understandably, she hadn't been fibbing about her fears, and when she accidentally stumbled over that question's answer, she was at least jokey and humorous about it.
Improv, yeah I did, but never in America on Saturday night. I can barely say Saturday Night Live. I'm thinking about the monologue and I'm like, 'Ahh. Say Saturday Night Live.' But I am excited.
The 32-year-old Wonder Woman star will be rehearsing for Saturday Night Live all week long, and we can probably expect her first promo to be released in the coming days. With those, it should be a little easier to gauge how comfortable she feels getting comedic with the sketch show's ensemble cast of quick-thinking performers.
Saturday Night Live returned to fans for the start of Season 43 with not only Ryan Gosling hosting for the second time, but also Alec Baldwin returning for another round of Donald Trump jokes. (As well as Jay-Z performances.) The ratings were pretty solid as far as averages go -- 7.02 million viewers/1.91 demo rating -- but this premiere fell far behind last year's debut episode, which was watched by 8.29 million people and earned a 2.34 rating. Perhaps viewers are tiring of the Trump-personation, or maybe there's something else at play. We'll see how the numbers play out when the stats are released on Sunday.
Gal Gadot will be taking over the Saturday Night Live stage on Saturday, October 7, at 11:35 p.m. ET. To see all the other upcoming hosts, check out our updated list of upcoming SNL guest hosts and musical acts in Season 43. And then head to our fall TV premiere schedule to see all the other new and returning shows that are on the way.