When you think of Jason Momoa, you probably think of him as a semi-untouchable, rich and famous Hollywood actor. He is a verified superstar – with an icon for a wife and an enviable career. But his latest role has got Game of Thrones fans very excited – thanks to a certain Peter Dinklage as a co-star …
Born in 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the six-foot-four actor has only recently become a household name.
And many don’t know that, before he started out as an actor, Momoa actually studied both marine biology and wildlife biology – proving that he’s more than just a pretty face.
One of his first bigger roles was on Stargate: Atlantis.
The sci-fi military hybrid was actually fairly successful. Momoa starred as Ronon Dex, to much critical acclaim.
In 2011, Momoa was cast in the first series of a relatively small fantasy show called Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones became far more successful than anyone could have ever imagined. And Momoa’s character, Khal Drogo, quickly became a fan favorite.
As the leading warrior in the savage Dothraki tribe, Momoa was, unsurprisingly, pretty violent. In one particularly memorable scene, Drogo brutally murdered Viserys Targaryen by pouring molten gold onto his head.
In the early episodes of the show’s first season, Drogo was married to Daenerys Targaryen in an arranged ceremony.
The two seemingly opposite characters developed real feelings for each other and their relationship became one of the cutest and most genuine love stories in the show.
He was injured during a battle and that injury became infected. In order to save his life, Daenerys was forced to sacrifice her unborn son to a witch. But the Drogo that came back was alive in name only. He was without any consciousness and Daenerys was forced to euthanize him.
In spite of his early departure, Momoa is still a fan-fave in the Game of Thrones canon.
And since the show, his career has really taken off. He first appeared as DC superhero, Aquaman, in 2016’s Batman v Superman – and Aquaman was so beloved that he went on to star in his own solo movie in 2018.
Aquaman was also a part of 2017’s Justice League.
The character was so well-liked that in 2018, the DC Universe decided that it was time for a solo film. Aquaman was a massive success.
Many were surprised that the film did this well, considering the fact that, in the comics, Aquaman is often considered to be a bit of a joke. People were also thrilled to see a superhero played by a person of color.
Since the success of Aquaman, Momoa has gone from strength to strength.
He had a starring role in the 2018 Canadian action movie, Braven, to commercial and critical success.
One of the most famous is the CBC series, Frontier, which first aired in 2016. It tells the story of the North American fur trade in the eighteenth century and has recently come to Netflix.
He’s also dipped his toe into the world of film-making. In 2019, he created a short film in collaboration with clothing brand, Carhartt, called Canvas Of My Life. The movie tells the story of Momoa’s experience of fatherhood.
The much-loved character has now become a firm fave in the DC Universe, meaning there’s plenty of chance for future collaborations in other superhero movies.
In 2005, Momoa met actress, Lisa Bonet, and the pair began a relationship. Although there were reports that the two had married in 2007, they actually didn’t end up tying the knot until 2017.
They share a daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, born in 2007, and a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, born in 2008. Momoa is also a stepfather to singer and actress, Zoe Kravitz.
It was recently announced that Momoa is set to star in the movie adaptation of classic sci-fi novel, Dune. The film will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, and will likely be released in 2020.
From his personal life to his ever-expanding career prospects, it seems that the world is the oyster of this talented star.
For fans of Game of Thrones, it’s a dream come true.
Peter Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister, will be on board, too!
It’s an action-adventure vampire thriller called Good Bad & Undead.
While Momoa is a vampire.
But it’s still very exciting!
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