Jason Momoa and action heroes are basically the same things. The self-described “savage” has many different sides that the world doesn’t know. He is part artist, part big kid, and overall softie. But what else do we not know about the rugged hunk? Momoa has played roles in movies such as Justice League where he plays his most famous character Aquaman, Conan the Barbarian, Braven, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Road to Paloma, The Bad Batch, Sugar Moutain, The Lego Movie 2: The second part, Debug and more. Although he did many things in-between, his time of the Game of Thrones placed him on top of the acting pile. With other shows including Stargate Atlantis, The Red Road, Baywatch, and Frontier, he is certainly no stranger to acting and has a wealth of experience under his belt.
A Softie Really
He was thrown into the public eye from the second he became Khal Drogo in the first season of Game of Thrones, but now the world knows him as Aquaman. From the beard, the long locks, body art, and ripped physique, he has female fans swooning over him wherever he goes.
The first Aquaman trailer created a frenzy and the movie has gone on to smash box office records. The fantasy/sci-fi movie see Momoa playing the main character of Aquaman, whose aim is to save the oceanic people from Atlantis’ King Orm before he succeeds to conquer the world.
Growing Up A Misfit
Momoa grew up feeling like a misfit, and this feeling never really left him. Born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa, he was raised by his mother in Iowa, following their move from Honolulu, Hawaii. Born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa, he was raised by his mother in Iowa, following their move from Honolulu, Hawaii.
His father was a painter of Hawaiian descent and his mother was mostly German and was a photographer. Following high school, he moved back to Hawaii and scooped his first successful acting role.
Game Of Thrones Got Him On The Map
After his first season on Game of Thrones, he stated that many casting directors he met, didn’t think he could speak English. However, he says this was definitely an improvement from his years of trying, when casting directors didn’t even know he existed.
“People think I just came out of nowhere,” he says, “but I’ve been hiding in plain sight for a long time.”
Love At First Sight
Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet are couple goals personified, but how they met is an interesting tale. Momoa has had a crush on her ever since he saw her on TV. Even though he was only at the ripe old age of eight. Apparently, he pointed to the TV and turned to his mother and said, ‘I want that one’.
Years later in 2005, he ended up meeting her at a jazz club through mutual friends. He took her for a meal of Guinness and grits, and he says when he realized she loved Guinness too, it sealed the deal. Now they are now married with two stunning kids. #jealous
Momoa has a lot of tattoos. The most notable is a half-sleeve on his left forearm, which is a tribute to his family god, or “aumakua,” from Hawaiian mythology. The sleeve tattoo features nine rows of triangles that represent shark teeth, paying homage to his family god which is a shark.
Other tattoos include his children’s initials on his chest and the words “to always be drunk” in French on his forearm. Speaking about one of his tattoos he said, “It’s supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring in the light, but we’re still working on that.”
Coolest Step-Dad Award
While Momoa has two children with Bonet, he is also the stepdad to actress Zoe Kravitz, Bonet and Lenny
Kravitz’s daughter. Zoe has spoken of the love she has for her family, and how their situation may not be conventional, but that they all love each other.
Lenny and Momoa are friends and constantly post on social media supporting each other. If he was our step-dad we would be very happy.
Momoa could have been a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) if two other opportunities had worked out. Momoa auditioned for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy, where he auditioned with Chris Pratt. Momoa still hasn’t revealed what role he auditioned for, but we think it was probably Drax the Destroyer.
He also remains tight-lipped about the role he met with the Russo Brothers (directors of The Winter Soldier, Civil War, and Infinity War) to talk about. He did say he auditioned to be a villain.
Momoa is proudly Hawaiian and is in actual fact, the first Hawaiian superhero on the big screen. As most Hawaiian mythological gods are water gods, he has said it is a dream to be able to bring Aquaman to life. We can’t really imagine it being anyone else.
In the traditional Hawaiian religion, it is Kanaloa who is the God of the Ocean. He protects long distance voyaging, the ocean as well as healing. The Aquaman character is the equivalent character to God Kanaloa.
The beaches of Baywatch were Momoa’s home from 1999-2001. His role of lifeguard Jason Ioane spurred Momoa’s desire to pursue acting full time but he was desperate to rid himself of his Baywatch stigma, so went to study acting full time.
The role of Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones fixed that stigma for sure. In Baywatch scenes, Momoa looks dramatically different to what we know of him today. At the ripe age of 20, he scooped the role with his spikes hair, tattoo-free body although he has always he the same smoldering expression.
Between being a lifeguard and playing a lifeguard on Baywatch, Momoa had lots of time to show off his body, and it clearly paid off: he became Hawaii’s Model of the Year in 1999.
Speaking about winning the modeling competition he said, “We basically just did head shots of me and said, ‘hey he’s the Hawaii Model of the Year’. We just made it up.” Now that is a way to boost your career!
Although Bonet and Momoa were officially married in 2017, they had two children almost ten years before. Both have Hawaiian names as a tribute to Momoa’s background.
Daughter Lola Lolani (2007) means “royal hawk.” Son Nakoa-Wolf (2008) means brave warrior.
Real Life Aquaman
Even though he never finished his degree, some would say that it is somewhat fortuitous that the man who studied marine biology in university is now playing Aquaman. Momoa studied in Iowa for a short time, before transferring to Colorado.
Before his Conan role, Momoa never lifted heavy weights. His exercise regimen was running, boxing, surfing and climbing for fun. Momoa. For his diet, Momoa mainly eats lean meat and green vegetables, with some room of course saved for Guinness.
He says he wishes he could have roles that involved eating fries and drinking Guinness. As soon as he finished filming he was back on to bread and butter all day every day and dropped the weights.
Momoa’s directing ambitions have come to fruition. Frontier, a Netflix series in which he plays a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw, has been so successful, that the third season is on its way soon for release.
He, of course, plays his usual character, Game Of Thrones Meets Braveheart.
Hiding A Secret
Momoa Revealed that he found out in September 2013 that he got the part of the coveted role of Aquaman, but couldn’t tell anyone for years about it. He remembers that he was broke at the time, and it was very hard to keep a secret.
Now 5 years later the movie is finally here and fans are eagerly waiting to see if there will be another installment of the box office hit.
Passion For Music
Momoa’s love of guitar led him to start his own collection, which includes a 1959 Gibson Les Paul previously owned by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. The guitar is a gift that he gave himself for earning the role of Aquaman.
According to Momoa, there are only 100 of that particular guitar left in the world and he owns number nine.
Soft And Gentle At Heart
One of Momoa’s favorite past times is pastel painting, which he started while traveling in Paris. Momoa credits his mom for his interest in painting and traveling since her role as a photographer made her someone who was “always searching, always seeing.”
His Instagram followers will know that Momoa loves his Guinness, and this fact wasn’t lost on Guinness. The company created its first sour, “Mano Brew” specifically for Momoa back in 2016.
Taking to his social media accounts and announcing the news he said, “@guinnessus the open gate brewery in Dublin. Just brewed the first ever. MOMOA brew. The Mano. The first sour. From @Guinness. Come down and try. I’m officially blown away love u @feds_h.”
Aqua Man Tatts
Aside from being incorporated into Aquaman’s design, Momoa’s tattoos actually inspired the heavily tattooed look that some fans have complained about. Director Zack Snyder wanted Aquaman to have Polynesian tattoos since his connection that Polynesian cultures have to water:
The kind of connection that led Momoa to say “I’m Hawaiian bro” when asked if he’s a good swimmer.
As a sign of respect and friendship, Lenny Kravitz and Jason Momoa always show support for each other.
Lenny recently posted on his Instagram, that he was at the premiere of Aquaman, and Jason just bought friendship skull rings for them both. We love their family dynamics.
Momoa also enjoys nature when working. He likes the challenge of filming with the green screen, however, he much prefers filming in natural surroundings, “the rain and the dirt and the mud, it makes it easier to act. In comparison, a green screen is just months of looking and waving at nothing. ”
Not Manly Enough
Momoa decided that he didn’t look manly enough to play Conan the Barbarian, thinking that his nose needed some more wear and tear on it to really embody the character. So what did he do? Momoa asked a friend to break his nose and who can so no to him? so he quickly agreed with a quick punch.
Momoa has a white mark on his left eyebrow, where scar tissue now prevents any hair from growing back. Momoa got the scar in 2008 when a man hit him with a pint glass, resulting in 140 stitches. Momoa suspected the attack was part of a gang initiation for the man who assaulted him. Momoa says it helped him to get more tough-guy roles.
Jason Momoa just broke the internet, with his rendition of the Haka on the blue carpet of his Aquaman Premiere. He stood with his kids, being the cool father that he is, and orchestrated an impressive rendition of the tribal ritual. Standing there casually in his black vest and merman trident. The video has totally gone viral.
“My kids are always like, ‘Why do people always want to take pictures with you?’ and I’m like, ‘Because I’m your Dada, and you’re my daughter. That’s why.’ It’s definitely mostly because of Game of Thrones.”’
Tall and Strong
You know just by looked at him, as well as the roles that he plays, that he is a tall guy! Standing at six feet and four inches, and with his inherited build, he sure stands strong.
Due to his height, Mamoa said that when he was a kid, other boys would want to come up against him, and it was because of that, that he used to get into a few fights as a teen. There was one fight that ended rather badly and he ended up in the hospital where he ended up having reconstructive surgery.
Mamoa loves the outdoors, and this is something he has said that he very much needs in his life to stay grounded and happy. He is the first person to want to go for an extreme sport that will get his adrenaline running but on the other hand, he also likes to concentrate on being a balanced individual.
Mamoa practices Buddhist studies and uses the lessons he has learned in his daily life. This is also something he shares with his children, to educate them on how to find a peaceful state.
In 2012, Mamoa appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, a crime thriller movie. Playing the role of ex-mercenary Keegan, he goes up ahead against Stallone in a huge fight.
You might not have heard of the movie, as it really didn’t do too well and was actually Stallone’s worst opening weekend for one f his movies, ever! Mamoa played he part well as the enemy who was mean and tough!
Another role you may have missed him in is where he played another tough guy role as a hunter in the movie Braven last year. It is clear that due to what he looks like, he will often be approached for these type of roles.
Although we do hope to see him play a softy at least one time, think Ryan Gosling in The Notebook! The movie is a drama thriller and the storyline consists of Mamoa and his father trying to protect themselves from traffickers who have invaded their log cabin.
One of Netflix’s original drama series, Mamoa plays the main character. Based in the 1700s, he plays character Declan Harp, who is working in the fur trade. the first episode aired in November 2016 and at the end of last year, the series’ third season was released.
The show sees different workers all trying to claim the fur trade which was rife during the 18th century.
Back when Mamoa was a lifeguard, he was actually only in his mid-teens. He went through all the correct training and was about five to ten years younger than most of the other lifeguards in his company.
After all, it’s not every day that a teenager is put in charge of saving someone’s life out in the wild ocean. This helped him when it came to his audition for Baywatch! After all, you can’t go wrong with an actor who used to be a lifeguard when you are looking for someone to play a lifeguard!