Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa, Aquaman (45655623114).jpg
Momoa in 2018
Born
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 39)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1999–present
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Spouse(s)
Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
Children2
RelativesZoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)
Signature
Jason Momoa autograph.png

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) is an American actor, writer, film producer, and director. He is known for portraying Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in the 2017 ensemble Justice League and his 2018 solo film Aquaman.[1][2] He is also known for his television roles as Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009), Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2012) and as Declan Harp in the Netflix series Frontier (2016–present).

Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). Road to Paloma was Momoa's first film as director, writer, and producer. He also starred in the lead role in the film, released on July 11, 2014.[3]

Early life[]

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii[4] to Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter.[5] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother.[4] His father is of Native Hawaiian ancestry[6][4][7] and his mother is of German, Irish and Native American descent.[4] After high school, Momoa attended college and initially majored in marine biology before switching to wildlife biology.[8]

Career[]

Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006. Note the lack of a scar on his left eyebrow, which appeared after a bar fight in 2008.

In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi,[9] who encouraged his modeling career. Momoa won Hawaii's Model of the Year 1999 and hosted the Miss Teen Hawaii contest. At 19 years old, he also worked part-time in a surf shop before being cast in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii,[10] where he appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001).[11]

In addition to his appearances in North Shore (2004–2005), Johnson Family Vacation (2004), and Stargate: Atlantis (2005–2009), Momoa was cast as Roman in four episodes of the comedy-drama television series The Game (2009). He portrayed the title protagonist in Conan the Barbarian (2011), a reimagining of the 1982 film of the same name and a role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Momoa gained his role of Khal Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones through his audition, in which he performed a Haka,[12] one of many intimidating Māori dances traditionally used to celebrate life.[13]

Momoa directed and co-wrote Road to Paloma (2014), an American drama thriller film, together with writers Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. The film stars Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi.[3] It premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival in April 2014.[14] The film had a limited theatrical release on July 15, 2014, in New York City and Los Angeles and a VOD release.[15]

Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon

In March 2014, Momoa joined the dark comedy/thriller indie Sugar Mountain alongside Cary Elwes and Haley Webb; its principal photography was done in Alaska.[16][17] He also starred as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015).[18]

In June 2014, Momoa was reported to have been cast in the role of Aquaman. He first played the role in a cameo in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,[19][20][21] marking Aquaman's live action theatrical debut. Momoa played the character in a leading role in the 2017 ensemble film Justice League. He then starred in the Aquaman solo film, which released in late 2018.[22][23][24] He is also set to reprise this role in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.[25]

In 2014, Momoa portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves,[26] and starred in the sci-fi horror movie, Debug; it was written and directed by Momoa's former Stargate Atlantis co-star, British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett. In February 2015, it was announced that he would portray a cannibal[27] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch.[28] In 2015, Momoa was cast in the Canadian action film Braven, which was released on February 2, 2018.

In early 2017, he signed onto the official Just Cause movie series.[29][30]

In July 2018, Momoa was cast for Apple's upcoming future-based drama series See.[31][32]

In February 2019, Momoa was cast as Duncan Idaho in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune.[33][34]

Personal life[]

Momoa at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2017.

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet after mutual friends introduced them in 2005.[35] Although it was previously believed that Momoa and Bonet married on November 15, 2007, the couple did not legally marry until October 2017.[36] Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa became the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz.

In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter.[35] Their second child, a son, was born in December 2008. Momoa's mother announced the birth.[37]

In December 2017, Momoa was featured in the Men's Health magazine on the cover and with an article detailing his fitness routine for Aquaman.[38]

Martial arts[]

Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronan in Stargate Atlantis[39] and for Conan.[40]

In 2017, Momoa started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[41][42]

Facial scar[]

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass by a man during an altercation at the Birds Cafe, a tavern in Hollywood, California.[43][44] He received approximately 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery and the scar is apparent in his later work.[43]

Tattoos[]

Momoa has several tattoos. The most prominent is the tribal half-sleeve featuring nine rows of black triangles encircling his left forearm. Momoa has explained that the tattoo is of his aumakua, his Hawaiian family's crest, the manō, or shark. The triangles represent shark teeth. He said, "It's supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in, but we're still working on that."[45]

On his right outer forearm, Momoa has a tattoo that reads "Être toujours ivre", which roughly translates from French as "Always be drunk". His step-daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and his castmate from Series 1 of Game of Thrones, Jamie Sives, have identical tattoos in the same place.[46][47]

On his right inner forearm, Momoa has a tattoo that reads "Pride of Gypsies", the name of his film and commercial production company.[48]

He has a memorial tattoo on his middle right finger, which reads "Diablo", in memory of his grandfather who passed away in 2013.[49][50] He also has a small skull between his right thumb and forefinger.[51]

Momoa also has the signatures of his two children with Lisa Bonet, tattooed over his left pectoral in red ink.[52][53]

Filmography[]

Film[]

Title Year Role Director Notes Ref(s)
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 Navarro Christopher Erskin
Pipeline 2007 Kai Jordan Alan
Conan the Barbarian 2011 Conan Marcus Nispel CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)
Bullet to the Head 2012 Keegan Walter Hill
Road to Paloma 2014 Robert Wolf Himself Also director, producer and co-writer [3]
Debug 2014 Iam David Hewlett
Wolves 2014 Connor David Hayter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo [22]
Sugar Mountain 2016 Joe Bright Richard Gray [16]
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017 Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen [54]
The Bad Batch 2017 Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour [28]
Justice League 2017 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder
Braven 2018 Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman 2018 Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 2019 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Mike Mitchell Voice role

Television[]

Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Baywatch: Hawaii 1999–2001 Jason Ioane 38 episodes
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding 2003 Jason Ioane Television film
Tempted 2003 Kala Television film
North Shore 2004–2005 Frankie Seau 21 episodes
Stargate Atlantis 2005–2009 Ronon Dex 73 episodes
The Game 2009 Roman 4 episodes
Game of Thrones 2011–2012 Khal Drogo 10 episodes
CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Conan the Barbarian) (2011)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
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The Red Road 2014–2015 Phillip Kopus 12 episodes [18]
Drunk History 2014–2015 Various roles 2 episodes
Frontier 2016–present Declan Harp 18 episodes; also executive producer
Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role (2017)
[56]
Saturday Night Live 2018 Himself (host) Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"
See TBA Baba Voss Main role [57]

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