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Chris Pine Admits He Had a Crush on Wonder Woman Lynda Carter (and on She-Ra!)

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For Chris Pine, playing Wonder Woman‘s love interest opposite Gal Gadot didn’t require too much of a stretch.

“Basically my job was falling in love with the beautiful Gal and trying to make her giggle,” the actor, 36, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

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For more on Gal Gadot and Chris Pine check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

In fact, falling in love with the Amazonian warrior is something Pine had previous experience with — the actor admits that as a young boy he was equally smitten by Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman on the 1970s show.

“She, along with She-Ra, were probably my first two crushes— powerful women in skirts,” says Pine.

Entertainment Weekly’s “Ultimate Guide to Wonder Woman” is out now.

But he adds that the role of military pilot Steve Trevor was a dream come true for more than one reason.

“I play an American pilot who’s a spy. I mean, this is like a boy’s dream. You’re either a spy or a fighter pilot,” says Pine. “The first thing I ever wanted to be was a fighter pilot. I wanted to be Goose [from Top Gun].”

Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2.