Jason Momoa is one of the hottest stars in Hollywood right now, figuratively and literally. He has many fans who love him for his acting skills as well as his looks. Once you’ve seen his on-screen charisma, it’s not hard to see why he is so adored.
If you’ve been curious about who Jason is when he’s not being absolutely awesome on the silver screen and television, we’ve got you covered.
We’ll be looking at 26 facts about Jason. How many did you already know?
Wanted To Be A Marine Biologist
Jason decided to have Marine Biology as his college major and that was what he wanted to pursue as a career. He did some field research in the Florida Keys which were part of his coursework.
He later changed his major to Wildlife Biology at the Colorado State University.
However, fate had other ideas for this man. He did not complete his degree.
Jason moved to Hawaii to reconnect with his father, perhaps as fate intended. During that time, Takeo Kobayashi discovered Jason as a model. In 1999, he went on to win Hawaii’s Model of the Year.
Jason grew up in Iowa but was born on the gorgeous island of Hawaii. He was raised by his single mother, Coni, and she did a fantastic job.
Jason has a very mixed heritage – his mother is a European-Native-American and his father is native Hawaiian. What an exotic combination!
Sadly, his parents went their separate ways after Jason was born he moved to Norwalk in Iowa with his mom. The actor says being raised by Coni has made him a strong alpha male who is sensitive.
He did reconnect with his father when he was a young man finishing his college studies though.
He Is Younger Than His Wife
Jason is happily married to Lisa Bonet despite the two of them having a 12-year age difference.
However, their love story is good enough to make a movie about it. It started when Jason pointed at Lisa when he saw her on ‘The Cosby Show’ and told his mother he ‘wants that one’. He was only 8 at the time.
Forward 18 years and the two meet through mutual friends in a club in New York. Jason felt serious fireworks when he met Lisa. He was wearing dreadlocks at the time because she had the same hairstyle. Talk about having a celeb crush!
Later, they sat down for a meal and she ordered a Guinness – Jason’s favorite beer. And the rest is history. They got married in 2017 but were dating since 2005.
It just goes to show – if something is meant to happen, it will.
Wasn’t Happy With The Sexy Scenes In G.O.T.
Jason may have made many a lady swoon and drool with the racy scenes in Game of Thrones but he wasn’t a fan.
For him, it was very difficult to shoot the post-wedding scene with Emilia Clarke, who is also a good friend of his. After the shooting, he made up for the graphic scene with lots of kisses. He is so sweet!
He Didn’t Want Lisa To Watch G.O.T.
Jason actually didn’t feel comfortable with his wife watching his performance in Game of Thrones. He even put a stop to their plans to attend the premiere for the show’s first two episodes.
Lisa told him that he couldn’t stop her from watching and she did eventually get a DVD of the first season. After that, she was hooked.
Jason says it was the first time that his wife told him that he is amazing. What a couple.
Jason got his first taste of fame when he landed a role in Baywatch: Hawaii and played the character Jason Ioane.
Out of 1 300 hopefuls, Jason – who was folding T-shirts in a surf shop at the time – was chosen. He kept the role for two seasons until the show ended in 2011.
This big break came after Jason was somewhat sneaky – he lied about modeling for Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Jason noted that after he made a name for himself, there was some stigma associated with his role in ‘Baywatch’.
According to him, people think that anyone who played in the show couldn’t act and was just there because they looked good. That assumption really hurt him. On top of that, he struggled for five years after that to get an agent.
But we all know now that Jason is more than a pretty face – he is very talented.
His Kids Have The Best Names
Jason and Lisa have two gorgeous kids together and their names are something special. The eldest, a daughter, was born on 23 July 2007. She is called Lola Iolani and it’s Hawaiin. Her name means ‘royal haw’.
The couple’s second child is a boy and he was born on 15 December of the next year. He has a much longer name with a lovely meaning.
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha’s name can be broken down as follows:
Nakoa means ‘warrior’ so you’ve got ‘warrior wolf’. Then there is Mana which means ‘spirit’ and Kaua, which means ‘rain’. Po means ‘dark’ and these names were given because the boy was born on a dark and rainy night. How cool is that? Namakaeha is his middle name and he shares that with his dad and grandfather.
He Is Into Extreme Sports
Jason loves surfing in shark-infested oceans and that’s not all he does for an adrenaline rush. He really enjoys extreme sports such as mountain climbing and snowboarding.
Jason Is A Talented Musician
Few people realise this, but the actor is gifted in the music world as well. As if being attractive and charming wasn’t enough.
Jason can play drums and guitar. And now he is learning to play the piano with Lola.
That Famous Scar
Everyone knows about the left-brow scar that Jason has and how it adds to his character. However, not everyone knows just how he got that scar.
He got into a heated argument with a man in a bar and the guy, Dominic Brando, smashed a bottle on his face. Jason was rushed to the hospital and needed a whopping 140 stitches. The injury also required reconstruction surgery to be done.
Dominic spent five years in jail for his behavior and fortunately, Jason recovered nicely.
Got His G.O.T. Role With The Haka
Jason struggled to get good roles after the ‘Baywatch’ role and thought the Game of Thrones directors would dismiss him as well. So, he took a different approach and performed the Haka, a Māori war dance.
The Haka is normally performed before battles as an intimidation of the opposition. This decision paid off, as we know. In fact, it went so well that Jason was called in a second time so the whole thing could be caught on tape.
He Is A Giant
Okay, this is no secret – we all know Jason s a big guy. But did you realize that he is actually six feet and five inches? When he walks into a room, heads are turning for sure.
Funnily enough, the internet argues over how tall Jason really is. Some sources claim he is 6ft 5inches while others state that he is 6ft 4inches. The star himself agrees with the taller estimation.
No TV For The Kids
Jason and Lisa are raising their children with as little exposure to electronics as possible, and this includes television.
There is a good reason for this though – they want the children to learn from the world around them and play outside rather than sit inside all day watching TV and playing video games.
Jason grew up playing outdoors and skateboarding and he wants his children to have the same kind of childhood.
Jason Doesn’t Have A Computer Or Phone
By now, it’s beginning to sound like the guy has some kind of phobia. But he feels these gadgets just don’t add anything to his life. As such, he doesn’t need them.
He does enjoy watching movies though and only watches in the cinema. It’s special for him and a tradition dating back to his childhood.
His Dreadlocks Gave Him Problems
Jason was sporting a handsome set of dreadlocks until the fourth season of ‘Stargate: Atlantis’.
The hairstyle is a heavy one though, and Jason had frequent headaches as a result. Fortunately, the show’s producers allowed him to cut it off and wear a wig for the rest of his time on the screen.
His Knife-Throwing Game Is Real
Jason’s character in ‘The Bad Batch’ could throw knives like a boss and that’s actually a skill inspired by his own talent.
The throwing knives that he uses in the movie is actually his own as well. Just when we thought the guy couldn’t be any cooler.
His Own Tattoo Inspired Aquaman’s Body Art
Jason has a tattoo of shark teeth on his left arm and they are his family crest. The artist who had to come up with Aquaman’s tattoos drew inspiration from this and that’s why the superhero looks the way he does today.
He Loves Guinness
Jason loves beer as much as the next guy but doesn’t drink just any beer. It has to be Guinness or nothing.
His love for the beer is so well-known that the brewery brewed a special one just for him back in 2016 – the very first sour ‘Mano Brew’.
That explains why Jason was so impressed when Lisa ordered a Guinness when they first met.
Jason and Zoë Kravitz Have Matching Tattoos
How cool is it that Jason and his stepdaughter has matching tattoos? He, his wife, and her daughter with singer Lenny Kravitz all have tattoos on their right forearms. It reads ‘être toujours ivre’ which translates to ‘be always drunk’.
He Has His Kids’ Names Tattooed Over His Heart
We know Jason loves tattoos and what better way to celebrate your love for your children than in eternal ink?
There is a red tattoo over his heart with the signatures of his two children. It shows the world that his children will always be first in his heart.
He Showed Real Dedication For Conan The Barbarian
Jason is one of the few actors who really go all out when playing a role. He isn’t a method actor but does go the extra mile.
That’s exactly what happened when he was playing Conan in ‘Conan The Barbarian’. He pumped iron and even got a friend to break his nose.
Yes, he asked a friend to throw a punch and break his nose for him so he would be an authentic Conan.
Jason was working on ‘Conan The Barbarian’ when he was almost killed by a horse. It was during a high-speed scene when the horse lost it footing.
The poor animal flipped over and landed a few feet away from Jason. It was a close brush but didn’t stop him from going on as if nothing happened. The horse threw him off again, and he broke a few ribs.
This isn’t the only injury that he sustained on the set. Jason also cracked his spine, pulled his groin, and injured his elbow. And you thought you had a bad day at the office!
Crazy About Mountain Climbing
We’re all aware of the fact that Jason likes to be active and take part in extreme sports. If there is one sport he loves above all the others, it is mountain climbing.
It is one of Jason’s biggest passions. He feels that it gave him great mental fortitude and overcome his fears.
Perhaps that is why he wants to pass down this love for climbing to his kids. He is often taking them with him on his expeditions.
He Broke A Record In Lifeguarding
Jason didn’t actually get his role on ‘Baywatch’ just because he looked great without a shirt. He was a real lifeguard shortly after dropping out of college. In fact, he was the youngest in the history of the Gulf Coast.
Famous Surfer Family
The popular actor has a deep love for surfing and it comes as no surprise when you learn that it’s in his blood. Jason has two uncles who are famous surfers.
He is the nephew of Brian and Rusty Keaulana. Rusty has a record for winning the ASP World Longboard Tours three years in a row. Brian is known for amazing water stunts.
Clearly, Jason was meant to rule the ocean!
His Spiritual Side
Despite playing aggressive and violent roles, Jason isn’t really all that fond of fighting in real life. In fact, he is a peace-loving Buddhist.
He started his spiritual journey when he was in-between jobs after ‘Baywatch’ was canceled. He traveled to Tibet and learned about Buddhism. For Jason, it was his best life experience.