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Momoa’s parents divorced when he was still a kid. Jason stayed with his Mom and they moved to Iowa. The future actor, who revealed his athletic inclination and abilities quite early, spent much of his free time outside. When Momoa got older, he became interested in mountaineering and ax throwing. After graduating from school, Jason entered a local college and studied marine biology there.
In his youth, Momoa traveled a lot and devoted his efforts to personal wide-ranging development. As a student, he traveled half the world, took up painting in Paris, and studied Buddhist teachings in Tibet. Before getting his bachelor’s degree, he returned to Hawaii to re-establish contact with his father.
In 1999, Momoa was cast in the well-known series Baywatch Hawaii. The directors chose him over 1300 other candidates, even though he had no clue how to behave on the set. Momoa’s character Jason Ioane appeared in 40 episodes, and then, after the close of the series, he also played in the full-length spin-off film Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003).
In 2004, the actor appeared in the series North Shore that pleased the audience with plenty of seascapes and semi-nude models. That same year, Momoa played a small role in the comedy Johnson Family Vacation, and in 2005, he got the role of Ronon Dex, one of the key characters in the science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis, that was aired until 2009.
By that time, Momoa hardly looked like the mincing young man that used to be seen on posters of youth magazines only some five years earlier. Dreadlocks were his recognizable feature but he got rid of them by the final season of the series, as the heavy hairstyle provoked pain in the neck and back. To avoid any possible frustration of the fans, Jason had a special wig made for him.
In 2010, Momoa played the title character in the feature film Conan the Barbarian. The movie failed at the box office and was ripped apart by critics. Jason couldn’t avoid being compared to young Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, as it is often the case in such situations, those comparisons did not generally favor Momoa.
This failure didn’t have a negative effect on Momoa’s further career, though. That same year, he was approved in the cast of the new HBO project that promised to turn the world's series industry upside down. And the legendary Game of Thrones lived up to the expectations – it became a great success. Momoa got the role of Khal Drogo, the leader of the fearsome Dothraki. At the beginning of the series, he bought young Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) to be his wife and give birth to his heir.
It’s interesting to note that Momoa got his role of Drogo not so much because of his muscles but rather thanks to his dance. He decided to stand out among numerous competitors and performed a traditional New Zealand fighting dance, and that, of course, caught the needed attention of the casting director.
One after another (in 2013 and 2014) there were two disastrous projects on Momoa’s filmography list: the action film Wolves (where he played the werewolf) and the horror film Debug. In 2014, the actor wrote the script and directed the thriller Road to Paloma that tells about the friendship of two rebellious characters: Robert who took revenge on his mother’s murder and Cash, a disfranchised biker.
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Another project featuring Momoa and worth of our attention was released in 2016. It’s The Bad Batch – a post-apocalyptic drama. The film takes place in the near future. Americans that do not meet requirements of the society are evicted to desert lands but not everybody is able to make it to the safe oasis because there are gangs of cannibals wandering around. Momoa plays one of the gang members, a cannibal who falls in love with his victim (Suki Waterhouse).
The actor confessed that most of all he likes to play good guys with not so good reputation. He thinks that the audience likes that kind of characters the most.
In 2016, Jason Momoa joined the DC Extended Universe comics by trying himself in the role of a superhero Aquaman. Thanks to the magic trident, he can command water and marine life as well as develop a great speed while swimming.
Momoa first appeared as the Aquaman in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that tells the story of the confrontation between Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck’s characters. Together with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman joined the Justice League to save humanity from death.
In 2018, Aquaman received his “personal” film, which revealed his hero story to the public in more detail. In the same year, viewers saw the drama "Braven" with Momoa, in which he played a forester who declares war on drug dealers who encroached on his land.
In 2005, while still in a relationship with Simmone, the actor met Lisa Bonet, ex-wife of musician Lenny Kravitz. The new couple didn’t see any obstacles to their relationship: neither Jason’s engagement nor the age difference (Lisa is 12 years older than her beloved one).
Although the general public thought that Jason and Lisa got married in 2007, the couple didn’t actually marry until 2017. By that time, they already had two kids together: a daughter named Lola Iolani (born on July 23, 2007) and a son named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha (born on December 15, 2008). There’s a story behind this unusual name: Nakoa means "the warriors", Mana stands for "strength of the spirit", Kaua denotes "rain", and Po represents "dark", as the boy was born on a really bad stormy night in Los Angeles. Besides these two kids, Jason Momoa is also the step-father to an actress and singer Zoë Kravitz, Lisa’s daughter from the first marriage.
Momoa has a scar on his left eyebrow, and it has already become his ‘specialty’. He got it in a fight in a tavern. Somebody broke a glass against his head and a piece of glass got stuck in the eyebrow. Luckily, it didn’t hurt the eye.
Religion plays an important role in Momoa’s life. He is a Buddhism adherent and he often visits Tibetan temples where he always discovers something new for himself.
In his spare time, Momoa likes mountain hikes, kayaking, cycling, roller skating, and snowboarding; he also enjoys playing the guitar and raising children.
Although Momoa’s life is related to the film industry, he doesn’t like watching movies at all. He prefers reading books, and he’s especially keen on Japanese poetry and Charles Baudelaire’s works. Jason Momoa almost never watches TV, doesn’t use e-mail, and does not like talking on the phone.
During the period of self-isolation, Jason Momoa is with his family and children. The actor admitted that for a very long time he was waiting for a moment that would allow him to stay with his family and spend time with the growing offspring.
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