Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa Supercon 2014.jpg
Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon
Born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa
(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 36)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Occupation Actor, model, director, writer, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Bonet (m. 2007)[1]
Children 2
Website JasonMomoa.com

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979), better known as Jason Momoa, is an American actor, model, director, writer, and producer. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex (2005–2009) on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009); as Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011-2012); and as Phillip Kopus on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014-2015).

Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). He will appear in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Aquaman, with a solo film for the character following in 2018.[2][3]

Road to Paloma, his first film as director, writer, and producer, and in which he also stars in the lead role, was released in July 11, 2014.

Early life[edit]

An only child, Momoa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Coni, a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter.[4] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother.[5] His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, while his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American ancestry.[6] After high school, Jason began college in Iowa as a marine biology major, studying for a period in the Florida Keys. He then transferred his major to wildlife biology at Colorado State University, before moving to the Hawaiian Islands to reconnect with his father.[7]

Momoa traveled extensively, took up pastel painting in Paris, and studied Buddhist teachings in Tibet.[8][9]


In 1998, Momoa was discovered by international designer Takeo Kobayashi, which launched his modeling career. He 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 Baywatch Hawaii. To get that role, he lied about his modeling experience on his resume, claiming Louis Vuitton and Gucci as past work.[7] Momoa appeared as Jason Ioane in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii (1999–2001). 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 then 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 the Haka,[10] an intimidating Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield.

Momoa sporting the dreadlocks he wore during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006

After the shooting of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 was over, Momoa had his dreadlocks cut off. Their weight had been giving him headaches, and even whiplash when filming action scenes. The program agreed with the decision and had planned to film a scene where Ronon cuts off his hair for Season 5's "Broken Ties", but that change was ultimately overruled by the Sci Fi network. On the first day of filming for Season 5, his dreadlocks were reattached, but the process was too taxing, forcing Momoa to switch to using his stunt double's wig until a custom wig could be made and delivered two weeks later.[11][12] Coincidentally, when he was first cast for the role, the producers asked him to cut off the dreadlocks, but they became a trademark of his character, so the producers allowed Momoa to keep them.

Road to Paloma is an American drama thriller film directed by Momoa, co-written with Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. The film stars Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi.[13] It premiéred 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]

In March 2014, Momoa joined the dark comedy/thriller indie Sugar Mountain alongside Cary Elwes and Haley Webb, which had its principal photography done in Alaska.[16][17]

In June 2014, it was reported that Momoa had been cast in the role of Aquaman in the upcoming superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[18][19][20] Momoa's role as Aquaman was confirmed on October 2014. This will mark Aquaman's live action theatrical debut. He will also be starring in an Aquaman solo film in 2018.[21][22][23] In February 2015, the first look at Momoa as Aquaman was released online and Momoa said he "freaked out" and called the experience of seeing it "amazing." [24] He also portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves.[25]

Momoa starred in the 2014 sci-fi horror movie, Debug, which is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom in November 2014 and which 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 will portray a Cannibal[26] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch, and Arthur Curry / Aquaman in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[27][28] He will star in an action movie titled Braven. [29]

Personal life[edit]

He met actress Lisa Bonet in 2005 after mutual friends introduced them. Bonet gave birth to their daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, on July 23, 2007, and they married November 15, 2007.[1] Bonet and Momoa had a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, on December 15, 2008. The birth was first announced by Momoa's mother on the fan forums of his official site. She said that Nakoa means "warrior" (although the true meaning of the word nakoa is "brave") and Mana stands for “strength/spirit,” while Kaua ("rain") and Po ("dark") pertain to the circumstances surrounding his birthday (he was born on a rare bad-weather night in Los Angeles). He shares his other middle name, Namakaeha, with his father.[30] In a recent interview with Katie Couric, Momoa confessed to having a boyhood crush on Bonet from her role as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show.[31]

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass at the Birds Cafe, a Hollywood, California, tavern.[32][33] He received around 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery, and the scar is apparent in his later work.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Navarro
2007 Pipeline Kai
2011 Conan the Barbarian Conan CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)
2012 Bullet to the Head Keegan
2014 Road to Paloma Robert Wolf Also director, producer and co-writer
2014 Debug Iam
2014 Wolves Connor
2015 Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Post-production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arthur Curry/Aquaman[21] Post-production
2016 The Bad Batch Joe Post-production
2016 Untitled Cullen brothers film Spider Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999–01 Baywatch Hawaii Jason Ioane 44 episodes
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Jason Ioane Television film
2003 Tempted Kala Television film
2004–05 North Shore Frankie Seau 21 episodes
2005–09 Stargate Atlantis Ronon Dex 73 episodes
2009 Game, TheThe Game Roman 4 episodes
2011–12 Game of Thrones 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)
2014–15 The Red Road Phillip Kopus 12 episodes
2014–15 Drunk History Various 2 episodes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jason Momoa of 'Conan the Barbarian' talks about his horse fears, August 20, 2011, Olivia Allin, OnTheRedCarpet.com
  2. ^ McNary, David (January 21, 2010). "Momoa Set for 'Conan' – New Barbarian Set for Franchise Reboot". Variety. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ McMillian, Graeme (October 20, 2014). "Jason Momoa Talks 'Aquaman' Plans, Confirms 'Justice League' Appearance". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sophia Ahmad (February 19, 2010). "Interview with Norwalk’s ‘Conan’ star Jason Momoa | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs". Blogs.desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jason Momoa's short Biography on TVguide
  6. ^ Staff (July 19, 2004). "Momoa Makes Hawaii Hot". Extra. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ a b ""Game of Thrones" Star Jason Momoa – Katie Couric". Katiecouric.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jason Momoa Biography - Yahoo Movies Canada". Ca.movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jason Momoa Biography". Starpulse.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Haka - Dance of War - Maori Haka - New Zealand | Tourism NZ". New Zealand. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sumner, Darren (May 26, 2008). "Momoa: The Dreads Stay Put". Gateworld. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sumner, Darren (February 23, 2008). "New Plot Details on 'Broken Ties'". Gateworld. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jason Momoa Talks CONAN; Reveals He’s Writing and Directing ROAD TO PALOMA". collider.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gordon Cox Legit Editor @GCoxVariety (March 12, 2014). "Jason Momoa’s ‘Road to Paloma’ to Premiere at Sarasota Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Schwartz, Terri (February 26, 2014). "Jason Momoa landed 'The Red Road' thanks to his directorial debut 'Road to Paloma' - Zap2it | News & Features". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa to Climb Sugar Mountain". ComingSoon.net. March 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa Join Indie 'Sugar Mountain'". Hollywoodreporter.com. March 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 14, 2014). "Jason Momoa Is Aquaman in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’". /Film. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ McWeeny, Drew (June 14, 2014). "JASON MOMOA WILL PLAY AQUAMAN IN 'DAWN OF JUSTICE,' AND WE KNOW HOW IT WILL HAPPEN". Hitfix. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit (June 16, 2014). "Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "It’s Official: Jason Momoa is ‘Aquaman’; Solo Movie Coming 2018". Screen Rant. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Warner Bros Massive DC Movie Slate Revealed - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Shawn S. Lealos (February 27, 2015). "FIRST LOOK: Jason Momoa as Aquaman". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Shawn S. Lealos (February 27, 2015). "Jason Mamoa Wolves". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ Jason Momoa Eats a Bad Batch of Human Flesh
  27. ^ Jason Momoa in Talks to Star in Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ for Annapurna, Vice
  28. ^ First Look At Jason Momoa’s Aquaman From ‘Batman V Superman’
  29. ^ "Axe man: Game of Throne's Jason Momoa will star as rugged logger in new action film Braven". Dailymail. 
  30. ^ Staff (January 9, 2009). "Lisa Bonet's New Baby's Name Is a Mouthful – Newborn Boy's Name Is Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa". Access Hollywood (via MSNBC). Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  31. ^ [2][dead link]
  32. ^ a b Staff (January 26, 2009). "Man Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting 'Stargate Atlantis' Actor". KNBC. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Winton, Richard Los Angeles Times October 7, 2009". Retrieved October 15, 2014. 

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