Jason Momoa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 1, 1979, to a Hawaiin father and mother who has German ancestry.
Actor Jason Momoa arrives at the 2004 Fox Network TCA Summer Party at Fox Studios on July 16, 2004, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
After high school, Jason moved back to his homeland of Hawaii and got a role on the massively successful “Baywatch” series after winning the title of Hawaii model of the year in 1999. When the show ended he spent years traveling the world. When he moved to Los Angeles in 2001, he eventually was cast as “Ronen Dex” in the cult TV series “Stargate: Atlantis”.
Game of Thrones Fame
For years, Jason Momoa flew under the radar. Not many people knew of this spectacularly beautiful man until he played Khal Drogo, Khaleesi’s husband on Game of Thrones. At first, Jason didn’t think he got the part as the process took months.
He says of the audition for the show, “Don’t be scared or anything, but when you’re in front of a large man doing the Haka, you’re going to feel it. You’re going to feel some energy coming at you.” He did the Haka (war chant) and the rest is history!
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Playing Conan the Barbarian
Luckily for Jason, the casting director for “Game of Thrones” was also the casting director to the reboot of the 1982 classic, “Conan the Barbarian” starring Arnold Schwarzenneger. Due to Jason’s stellar audition, he landed the role.
The film was first released on August 17, 2011, in four countries: France, Belgium, the Phillipines and Iceland, , and the before the North American release on August 19. The film was a , and received largely negative reviews. But that didn’t deter Momoa.
A Serious Crush
Lisa Bonet played bill Cosby’s daughter on “The Cosby Show.” Nobody quite knows the reason why she left but she was known as a rebel. Later she married Lenny Kravitz and together they had daughter Zoë.
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All this time, Jason Momoa admits that she was his biggest crush. Momoa admits that he had the hots for her since he was 8 years old.
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Marrying His Crush
Momoa said that they met through mutual friends at a jazz club and he freaked out. “I literally turned around and I see her and she goes, ya know, ‘I’m Lisa,'” he recalled. “I turned around to my friend and I was like ‘ahhh!’ I had f—— fireworks going off inside man.”
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Afterwards, Momoa said he “convinced her” to take him home to his hotel and they ended up going out to Cafe 101 in New York City for a meal. “We sat down, she ordered a Guinness, and that was it,” he said. They officially got married in 2017 but have been together for years.
Jason’s Eyebrow Scar
Scars are generally not something you want to show off, but for Jason Momoa, it suited him perfectly as it only made him look fiercer. In a 2011 interview with Access Hollywood, Momoa reveals how he got the scar. He believes it happened through a man taking part in a gang initiation.
“It was crazy. A guy smashed a pint glass in my face. I got a little over 140 stitches in my face,” he said of the bar fight. “[Hair] just doesn’t grow there anymore.” He also joked that he marriedbefore it happened, so she had to embrace it. “I got my wife beforehand, so . . . if she doesn’t like it, too bad. She likes it.”
Next: Getting inked
Between his enormous biceps and many fake tattoos in Aquaman, you may have overlooked Jason Momoa’s real tattoos. He is actually no stranger at all to tattoos. In fact, Jason has quite a collection of body art.
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From sentimental (and permanent) family mementos to fierce tribal crests, Jason has a really interesting collection of tattoos. Here is a list of all the tattoos he (currently) has, although we are sure he will get more.
“Etre Toujours Ivre”
Jason Momoa and his stepdaughter Zoë Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz have matching tattoos that read “être toujours ivre.” It is written in French and literally means “always be drunk.” It’s a rather unique tattoo and comes from the poem by Charles Baudelaire, one of France’s most popular poets of the 19th century.
The poem claims you must always be drunk in order to not feel the burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth. However, you could be drunk on wine, poetry or virtue. On the beauty that surrounds you, that you can see, smell, hear…
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Jason has a right middle finger tattoo that reads “Diablo”. It was in memory of a friend who passed away in 2013. Jason sometimes flips this finger at paparazzi.
He posted it on his “Pride of Gypsies” account on Instagram saying “It’ a new tattoo for my best friend who passed away last year. Diablo. It was posted on 16 June 2014.
His Kid’s Signatures
Jason’s has two beautiful children that he had with Lisa Bonet. Their names are Nakoa-Wolf Momoa and Lola Lolani Momoa.
He loves them immensely and proved it even more when he got their signatures inked permanently on the left side of his chest.
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Tribal Shark Teeth
In a past interview, Jason revealed that his biggest tattoo, his left forearm tattoo is, in fact, his family’s crest. It represents their guardian, the shark.
This specific tattoo is incorporated into his “Aquaman” tattoos and is very special to Jason. “It’s supposed to take the darkness out and bring in the light, but we’re still working on that,” he said of the shark-tooth pattern.
“Pride of Gypsies”
Jason has a production company called “Pride of Gypsies.” It is inspired by the fierce collectiveness of a lion pride and the nomadic, free-spirited element of gypsy culture. He has the tattoo “Pride of Gypsies” inked on his right forearm.
“Pride of Gypsies was founded by Jason Momoa in 2010, a tribe of artists & filmmakers with an enthusiastic thirst for creating unique and inventive content, harnessing an atypical approach to production,” describes the company website, which aims to “innovate” and “improve the human spirit.”
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Jason also has a skull below his right thumb because, well, skulls are pretty cool. Maybe Jason has that skull because he is quite a “bad-boy” and very unconventional in many people’s eyes and skulls are a sign of rebellion.
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Other celebrities with skull tattoos include Rumer Willis, Ireland Baldwin, Kesha, Paris Jackson, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Avril Lavigne, Zoë Kravitz, and Kelly Osbourne.
A Netflix Star
Netflix has made a huge impact on the cinematic world with movies often going straight there instead of the big screen. The Netflix series “Frontier” follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American.
In it, he plays an outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.
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Beauty with Brains
Not many people know this but initially, Momoa began college in Iowa as a marine biology major, studying for a period in the Florida Keys. Now, to get into marine biology you need to study precalculus, physics, chemistry and, of course, biology.
This just proves that Jason Momoa isn’t just a gorgeous beefed-up guy but has brains and was prepared to dedicate his life to the ocean.
It is very fortuitous that Momoa landed the role of Aquaman. Out of all the super-heroes that he could have been this role definitely suits him perfectly. It is his third live-action film featuring Aquaman except for this time the movie is dedicated to him and his (Arthur Curry/Aquaman) life story.
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Aquaman premiered in London on November 26, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 21, 2018. It has grossed over $769 million worldwide, making it the seventh-highest grossing film of 2018.
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A Family Man
Momoa is very much a family man and adores his kids Lola Lolani and Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha as well Zoë Kravitz.
Coni Momoa, Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, Nakoa-Wolf Momoa and Lola Lolani Momoa arrive for the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Aquaman’ held at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
He absolutely adores his mother calling her his “strong, single mother.” He often takes her to red carpet events. He mentions his mom in his short film, “Canvas of My Life” saying she is a photographer as well as an artist and credits her for his love of skateboarding and sense of adventure.
Jason has quite a number of adventurous hobbies. He likes to work and enjoys throwing axes. He also loves skateboarding and one of his favorite activities is rock climbing.
He also loves drinking Guinness beer and said in the past “Eat as much lean meat and green veg as possible and save the calories for Guinness.”
Next: Jason’s Fitness Regime
Jason does not have an ordinary man’s body. He is 6 foot 4, weighs 108 kilos, has a 50-inch chest and 19-inch biceps He admittedly says that swimming and going on the treadmill are boring exercises for him.
He works out by boxing, surfing, climbing and doing things outdoors. When preparing for a role he just ups the workouts and does more weight lifting.
Jason had to eat carefully when preparing for and during Aquaman. Momoa had a macros-style of dieting where you measure the grams of carbs, proteins and fats in your diet to achieve a particular ratio, one that’s often designed to build muscle without adding fat.
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Before an intense workout, Momoa fuels up on carbs (either fresh fruit early in the day or quinoa and rice at a later time) and strong coffee. He also eats a lot of sashimi (barramundi and salmon) as well as steak, adding in avocado and olive oil to get healthy fats.
Next: Why Jason will never cut his hair
Jason is known for his trademark long hair. There is a reason it is so long and he says he is not cutting his hair for a while. One of the main reasons for this is his wife Lisa Bonet.
Of his wife, he says she would leave him if he did (although we are sure she wouldn’t really). He also admits that he is going to play Aquaman for a while and he doesn’t want to wear a wig. He also enjoys wearing his hair in a man bun.
A Head Full of Dreadlocks
Jason had dreadlocks when he got his role on “Stargate Atlantis.” At first, the producers had first asked him to cut them off but later allowed him to keep them. After four seasons of Stargate Atlantis, Jason had enough as they were causing him to get headaches.
He eventually hacked them all off, and the writers had planned to incorporate Jason’s haircut into season 5 but the network wouldn’t allow it. So, to his dismay, he had to have the dreadlocks reattached. It was such a fuss that he switched to wearing a wig.
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More Than Just Acting
Although Jason has racked up quite a large number of roles in his life, he can also be found behind the camera. In 2014, Momoa not only starred in the movie, Road to Paloma – he also co-wrote and directed the film.
The movie received positive reviews and sees Momoa playing Robert Wolf, A Native American who avenges his mother’s death and hopes to spread her ashes and lay her rest before the law catches up with him.
Jason’s Special Sock
When actors have nude scenes, they typically have to wear a flesh colored sock to cover their private bits. Jason was in “Games of Thrones” and there was definitely a lot of nudity involved. Jason has a pretty funny sense of humor so to ease Emilia Clark he came up with an idea.
For the sex scenes, instead of wearing the flesh colored socks, Jason surprised Emilia Clarke with a big fluffy pink sock.
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Jason struggles with intimate scenes. It’s not the easiest thing for him to do – even if he was with gorgeous Emilia Clarke the scenes were still difficult for him.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, because I love Emilia, she’s someone that I love and adore to this day. You have to kind of separate [yourself from] it.” Jason explained that after the filming was over, there were lots of apologies and warm moments between him and Emilia.
Jason Does Aquaman For His Kids
A lot of Jason Momoa’s work is really not “kid-friendly.” From being a barbarian on Conan The Barbarian to Khal Drogo on Games of Thrones, most his big roles have been quite violent. Jason was really excited to get the role of Aquaman.
Jason revealed that his son s a huge Batman fan and his daughter just loves Wonder Woman. “It’ll be cool for them to see me in something because they’re not going to be watching Game of Thrones or Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX.”
Next: A bright future
The Future of a Star
It looks like nothing is stopping Jason at the moment. He is popular amongst those he works with as well as the audience watching him. He is always smiling and grinning and looks like he is about to pull a prank on someone.
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There are so many opportunities in this actor’s future. Besides that, he also cares about the environment and is currently involved in the movement to protect access to the land and water of Mauna Kea. This certainly is a star on the rise!
There is actually a list of famous people you would never think of that were born in Hawaii. Hawaii is known for its relaxed vibe and beautiful scenery.
People know it also for a place where all the four elements meet as there is often volcanic and lava activity which spills into the ocean. Simply stunning. Here is a list of stars born in Hawaii:
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Nicole Kidman is known as an Australian actress. She has starred in some of the biggest movies in Hollywood and is known as being very classy, poised and lovely in general. She was married to Tom Cruise for almost 10 years.
Nicole was actually born on the 20th of June 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents were actually students at the time of her birth. The family returned to Australia when Nicole was a young girl of four years old.
Bruno Mars has the voice of an angel and can seriously sing. His mega hits like “When I was your man”, “Just the way you are” and “It will Rain” won the hearts of many woman around the world and cemented him as music royalty.
Bruno’s real name is Peter Gene Hernandez and he was born on the 8th of October, 1985, in Honolulu Hawaii.
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Barack Obama made history as the first-ever black president. Many people supported him and liked his style. He also had and still has beautiful family values with a supportive, loving wife Michelle and two beautiful daughters.
Barack was actually born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He spent most of his childhood years in Honolulu, where his mother attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Bette Midler is an “institution” in the United States. Everyone knows who she is. She is a fantastic actress and has a gorgeous voice. Her hits “Wind beneath my wings” and “From a distance” did very well on the charts.
Bette was born on the 1st of December, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She starred in great movies like “Beaches” (a real tear jerker), “The Rose”, “The First Wives Club”, “Ruthless People”, “Big Business” and more.
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Nicole Scherzinger is a gorgeous singer. She became famous when she was part of the all-girl group “The Pussycat Dolls”. The broke away and started singing and did very well on her own. She was also a judge on 2018’s “X Factor.”
She was born on June 29, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii into a Catholic family. Her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, while her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry.
Kelly Preston is known for being a very beautiful woman. She has been married to John Travolta for 27 years and they still seem very happy together. She starred opposite Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” and was Adam Levine’s object of affection in “She Will Be Loved.”
Kelly was born on October 13, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She used to be a model. Her middle name is “Kamalelehua” which means “garden of lehuas” in Hawaiian.
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People remember Tia Carrere from “Wayne’s World” fame as well as “True LLies”. She was the star of “Relic Hunter” which ran from 1999-2002. She was known for her beautiful face and long hair and perfect body. She was an exotic beauty.
Tia Carrere was born Althea Rae Janairo in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store
Shannyn is a real beauty and starred in many movies in the past. Her roles included Jack Black’s girlfriend in “The Holiday” and Heath Ledger’s love interest in “A Knight’s Tale.”
The Undeniable Ruth
Shannyn was born on the 3rd of October, 1978, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her maternal grandmother is of Hawaiian and Filipino descent, while the rest of her ancestry is Irish, French, Dutch, German as well as English.
Next: The beauty of Hawaiian people
Hawaiian culture is an ancient blend of ethnic influences and unique tradition. Part of what makes the islands of Hawaii so special is the culture which brings many tourists to visit all year long.
One of the most well-known customs of the Hawaii culture is the gifting of the lei. Presented as a welcome gesture or to mark special occasions, a flower lei is an offer of friendship and should only be removed in private.
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Music is an important part of Hawaiian culture and has evolved from primal drumbeats to a chorus of chanting voices and more recently, into contemporary adaptions by today’s genre-spanning artists.
These include hapa-haole (a type of music that marries English lyrics with Hawaiian melodies), kolohe (a type of hula renowned for being naughty or a tease), chalangalang, jawaiian, luau and more.
Next: Have you ever done the “hulu”?
The hula is another Hawaiian cultural icon and features colourful costumes and grass skirts, graceful hand movements and the signature swaying hips. Originally a male-only dance, the hula is now an expression of happiness and fun that can be performed by both men and women.
The ancient form of the hula known as hula kahiko is accompanied by percussion and storytelling and is featured in ceremonies or for religious reasons. Costumes are far more colourful in this version and piano guitars or ukuleles provide a rhythm.
Many traditional Hawaiian foods are dishes originally brought over from Pacific Polynesian islands. The staple and traditional filler starch dish in Hawaiian cuisine is something known as poi.
Lomi salmon is not originally native to Hawaii but was brought over from other Pacific islands. The dish is now part of most traditional Hawaiian meals and makes a great addition to poi. There are, of course, other delicious foods that make Hawaiian cuisine simply irresistible!