Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa
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Momoa in 2018
Born
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 41)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • model
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
(
m. 2017)
Children2
Relatives Zoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)
Signature
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Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) [1] is an American actor and model widely known for portraying Arthur Curry / Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017), and Aquaman (2018).

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Momoa also starred as Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones (2011–2012), Ronon Dex in the Syfy science fiction series Stargate Atlantis (2005–2009), Declan Harp in the Discovery Channel historical drama series Frontier (2016–2018), and Baba Voss in the Apple TV+ science fiction series See (2019–present).

Early life

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii [2] to Coni (Lemke), a photographer and Joseph Momoa, a painter. [1] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother. [2] His father is of Hawaiian ancestry [3] [2] [4] and his mother is of German and Irish descent. [2]

Career

Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006 Jason momoa.jpg
Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006

In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi, [5] who encouraged his modeling career. At 19 years old, he also worked part-time in a surf shop before being cast in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii , [6] where he appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001). [7]

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, [8] one of many intimidating Māori dances traditionally used to convey a challenge to an opponent, or a welcome to a visitor. [9]

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. [10] It premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival in April 2014. [11] The film had a limited theatrical release on July 15, 2014 in New York City and Los Angeles and a VOD release. [12]

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Momoa in 2014

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. [13] [14] He also starred as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015). [15]

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 , [16] [17] [18] 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. [19] [20] [21] He also reprised this role in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part . [22]

In 2014, Momoa portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves , [23] 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 [24] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch. [25] 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. [26] [27]

In July 2018, Momoa was cast for Apple's upcoming future-based drama series See. [28] [29]

In February 2019, Momoa was cast as Duncan Idaho in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune . [30] [31]

In February 2020, Momoa appeared in a halftime commercial for Rocket Mortgage for Super Bowl LIV. He also appeared in the teaser for "Scary Little Green Men" by Ozzy Osbourne from his album Ordinary Man.

Personal life

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Momoa in July 2017

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet in 2005. [32] Although it was previously believed that Momoa and Bonet married on November 15, 2007, the couple did not legally marry until October 2017. [33] Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa is the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz. In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter. [32] Their second child, a son, was born in December 2008. [34]

Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis [35] and for Conan. [36] In 2017, Momoa started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. [37] [38] Momoa has also practiced proper screaming technique with Oli Peters, the vocalist of technical death metal band Archspire, for a war cry scene in See . [39]

He has numerous tattoos including a halfsleeve on his left forearm, a tribute to his family god, or “aumakua”. [40] He is a fan of heavy metal music [41] and has noted that he "build[s] [his] characters off of metal songs"; [42] he has invited members of Archspire to appear in cameos in the first episode of See . [43]

Facial scar

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass during an altercation at the Birds Cafe, a tavern in Hollywood, California. [44] [45] He received approximately 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery and the scar is apparent in his later work. [44] The assailant was sentenced to five years in prison for the attack. [45]

Filmography

Film

TitleYearRoleDirectorNotesRef(s)
Johnson Family Vacation 2004Navarro Christopher Erskin
Pipeline2007KaiJordan Alan
Conan the Barbarian 2011 Conan Marcus Nispel
Bullet to the Head 2012Keegan Walter Hill
Road to Paloma 2014Robert WolfHimselfAlso director, producer and co-writer [10]
Debug Iam David Hewlett
Wolves Connor David Hayter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo [19]
Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Richard Gray [13]
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen [46]
The Bad Batch Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour [25]
Justice League Arthur Curry / AquamanZack Snyder
Braven 2018Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 2019Arthur Curry / Aquaman Mike Mitchell Voice
Dune 2020 Duncan Idaho Denis Villeneuve Post-production
Sweet Girl 2021CooperBrian Andrew MendozaPost-production
Zack Snyder's Justice League Arthur Curry / AquamanZack SnyderPost-production

Television

TitleYearRoleNotesRef.
Baywatch: Hawaii 1999–2001Jason Ioane38 episodes
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding 2003Television film
TemptedKala
North Shore 2004–2005Frankie Seau21 episodes
Stargate Atlantis 2005–2009 Ronon Dex 73 episodes
The Game 2009Roman4 episodes
Game of Thrones 2011–2012 Khal Drogo 11 episodes [47]
The Red Road 2014–2015Phillip Kopus12 episodes [15]
Drunk History Various roles2 episodes
Frontier 2016–2018Declan Harp18 episodes; also executive producer [48]
Saturday Night Live 2018Himself (host)Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"
The Simpsons 2019Himself (voice)Episode: “The Fat Blue Line
See 2019–presentBaba Voss8 episodes [49]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef.
2011 CinemaCon Awards Male Rising Star Conan the Barbarian & Game of ThronesWon
Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of ThronesNominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role FrontierNominated
2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie ActorAquamanNominated
Favorite SuperheroNominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Amber Heard)Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Nominated

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