Biography

Jason Momoa at young age

Jason Mamoa full name Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is an American model, actor, and producer born on August 1, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother Coni Momoa is a photographer and his father Joseph Momoa is a painter. Later, he moved to Norwalk, Iowa where his mother raised him. After finishing high school, Jason studied marine biology in a college in Iowa. Later he changed his major to wildlife biology at the Colorado State University. However, before completing his studies, he moved back to Hawaii in order to reconnect with his father. There he enrolled himself into the University of Hawaii. In teenage, Jason traveled a lot, did pastel painting in Paris.

Career

At the age of 18, an international fashion designer named Takeo Kobayashi discovered Jason Mamoa. Takeo encouraged Jason to start his career in modeling as he had good looks and a carved physique. A year after that, in 1999, Jason won Model of the Year in Hawaii and walked the runway for designer Louis Vuitton at the Governor’s Fashion Show. He also hosted Miss Teen Hawaii contest in the same year. The same year he also got the role of Jason loane in an action drama series named “Baywatch Hawaii”. Jason competed with 1000 other actors for the role and appeared in the show until 2001. After the end of the show, Jason traveled to Tibet where he discovered Buddhism and studied about it.

Jason as Khal Drogo in GoT

After returning from Tibet, Jason moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his career in acting. His first role after moving to LA was in 2003 in the TV movie titled “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding”. Also in the same year, he appeared in the movie “Tempted”.  In 2004, Jason got a role in a series titled “North Shore”. The show ran for 20 episodes that year. After the show, he starred in the series “Stargate: Atlantis”. The series was a sci-fi story where he played the role of Ronan Dex.  He appeared in several seasons of the series, which increased his popularity. The show continued from 2005 to 2009. He also appeared as Roman in the comedy-drama “the Game” for four episodes in 2009.

During this period, Jason was involved in an argument in a bar in Los Angeles. The argument leads to the customer to smash a beer glass which slashed across Jason’s face for which he had to get 140 stitches in his face. The incident left a scar above his left eye. Most thought that the scar would affect his acting career, as the most important asset for an actor is the face. However, the scar became a signature afterward for the next role played by Jason, which took his career to the next level.

In 2011, Jason Momoa appeared in the role of Khal Drogo in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Khal Drogo was the barbarian leader of a tribe known as the Dothraki. The scar on his face was the perfect fit for the role and the series became an instant hit. The series increased his fan base to a completely new level. The show was huge and the fans were crazy about the series and the character Khal Drogo. A few months after the release of “Game of Thrones”, Jason also starred as the title character in the Hollywood big-screen reboot of the movie “Conan the Barbarian”.

In 2012, Jason appeared in the movie titled “Bullet to the Head”. In 2014, he directed and co-wrote an American thriller movie titled “Road Paloma”. He co-wrote the movie along with Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. He himself starred in the movie alongside Sarah Shahi, Michael Raymond-James, Lisa Bonet and Wes Studi. The movie debuted at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival on April 2014. Later, the movie was released in New York and Los Angeles on July 15, 2014. In the same year, he also joined the dark comedy/ thriller indie known as “Sugar Mountain”. He also starred in a drama series titled “The Red Road” where he played the role of Philip Kopus.

In 2014, Jason Momoa was cast in the superhero movie titled “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. The movie was released on March 20, 2016, where he played the role of Aquaman. The movie was the action theatrical debut for Aquaman. It was also announced that Jason would be starring in an Aqauman solo movie which will be releasing in 2018. Currently, he is in a Netflix Original series titled “Frontier” where he plays the role of Declan Harp.

Relationship

Jason Momoa’s first girlfriend was Simmone Mackinnon who is an Australian actress. The pair first time met on the set of “Baywatch Hawaii” where they fell in love with each other. The pair dated for 5 years before Jason proposed to Simmone in 2004. The proposal was a surprise to her and it was well documented in an exclusive Woman’s Day story. In an interview, Simmone gave every detail about the proposal. She also described Jason’s behavior before he kneeled down to propose to her. Unfortunately, their engagement did not last long after Jason met Lisa and she soon became pregnant with their first child. The pair broke their engagement in 2006.

Jason with his wife Lisa Bonet, son and daughter

After their engagement broke, Jason was with Lisa Bonet who is an American actress. Jason first saw Lisa on the TV when he was 8 years old. He fell in love with her while watching her on TV and wanted to marry her as he said in an interview. However, they actually met at a jazz club through mutual friends. He said that he freaked out at first when he saw his childhood crush. Though he was engaged to Simmone at the time, he could stop himself to ask her out.

On July 23, 2007, Lisa gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and they named her Lola lolani Momoa. In the same years, there were many rumors going around that the pair got married on November 15. However, the rumors were not confronted and the pair did not legally marry. On December 15, 2008, Lisa gave birth to their second child, a son whom they named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. The pair announced that their son’s name Nakoa means “the warrior”, Mana means “strength”, Kaua means “rain” and Po means “Dark”. The name was given to him as he was born on the day when a rare bad weather night occurred LA.  He shared the name “Namakaeha” with his father Jason.

The couple stayed in the relationship for 12 years before finally making it official. The couple tied the knot with each other in a ceremony in their home in Topanga, California. The pair bought a marriage license from an LA registrar 2 weeks before they got married. After the wedding, Jason became a stepfather to Zoe Kravitz. Lisa gave birth to Zoe when she was married to rocker Lenny Kravitz.

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