Helen Mirren Says She 'Secretly' Took a Photo of Jason Momoa on Plane Because 'He Was so Gorgeous' | 22 Words

When you think of Jason Momoa, you probably think of him as a semi-untouchable, rich and famous Hollywood actor. But this wasn't always the case. In fact, before his breakthrough role as Khal Drogo on HBO classic, Game of Thrones, the actor had worked for many years in relative obscurity.

Now he's a verified superstar - with an icon for a wife and an enviable career. But one facet of his skillset Momoa can never move away from is his heartthrob status. His latest shoot for Esquire has given the internet some of the best Momoa pics we've ever seen - and now another secret Momoa-fan has come forward: legendary actress Helen Mirren.

Jason Momoa is a Hawaiian-American actor.

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Born in 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the six-foot-four actor has only recently become a household name.

In spite of his Hawaiian heritage, Momoa was primarily raised in Iowa.

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.

But there's really only one role that could be deemed Momoa's big break.

In 2011, Momoa was cast in the first series of a relatively small fantasy show called Game of Thrones. 

And, as we all know, it absolutely blew up.

Game of Thrones became far more successful than anyone could have ever imagined. And Momoa's character, Khal Drogo, quickly became a fan favorite.

He had some pretty badass moments.

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.

But there was another storyline that fans didn't expect.

In the early episodes of the show's first season, Drogo was married to Daenerys Targaryen in an arranged ceremony.

But something shocked the viewers.

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.

Khal Drogo met a particularly tragic end.

He was injured during a battle and that injury became infected. 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.

Early in 2019, it was revealed that the movie had earned a coveted spot in the billion-dollar superhero club.

Many were surprised that the film did this well, considering 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.

He has also starred in many television shows.

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.

But Momoa is a man of many talents.

He's also dipped his toe into the world of film-making. Earlier this year, 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.

It also seems likely we haven't seen the last of Aquaman.

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.

And Momoa has an equally exciting personal life.

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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.

The beautiful couple have two children together.

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They share a daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, born in 2007, and a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, born in 2008. Momoa is also step-father to singer and actress, Zoe Kravitz.

And it looks like the actor's future is bright.

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.

All in all, it seems like it's a good time to be Jason Momoa.

From his personal life to his ever-expanding career prospects, it seems that the world is the oyster of this talented star.

And his latest interview with Esquire seems to reinforce this.

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In it, he showcases his softer side. In spite of his imposing appearance, Momoa really seems to be a sweet and down to earth guy.

The pics from the shoot are almost too good to be true.

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"He’s not the scary Dothraki king from Game of Thrones who ripped out a man’s tongue with his bare hands. He’s just a dude who takes bubble baths and razzes his friends and snuggles random dogs."

His interview is promoting his latest acting venture.

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See, an Apply TV exclusive is a post-apocalyptic thriller that's already garnering great reviews.

Momoa plays Baba Voss, the head of one surviving tribe.

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Interestingly, the character is blind, which Momoa has approached as an interesting acting challenge. "He worked closely with Associate Producer and blindness coordinator, Joe Strechay to make sure not only that he was respectful of the visually impaired but also that every move was an accurate reflection of them."

“It’s just amazing how everything else just opens up your body," he says.

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You’re so fooled by your eyes. You cut off all these other senses but just feel and smell and hear, and you can echolocate."

But his career isn't all Momoa talks about.

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He also spoke about his relationship with iconic actress Lisa Bonet. The notoriously private pair have managed something many in Hollywood have failed at - a "normal" relationship.

She was “literally my childhood crush," he says.

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“I mean, I didn’t tell her that. I didn’t let her know I was a stalker until after we had the kids."

Momoa's entrepreneurial spirit really comes through, too.

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"Momoa didn’t become famous until his thirties, and he often appears to be making up for lost time. He always seems to have his hands in something on the side, cooking up a little extra business, milking whatever opportunities he can."

But that's not the main reason this story has gained attention.

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The reason it's basically broken the internet? The fact that Momoa's Esquire cover features him cuddling a cat. 

Honestly, this is what dreams are made of.

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Have you ever been so jealous of a feline before?

And now a potentially surprising fan of Momoa has spoken out.

During a CBS appearance this Monday, iconic actress Helen Mirren spoke out about her unlikely crush.

"I had secretly sort of done something rather uncool on an airplane," she revealed.

"I didn't know him at all at that point. He was with his beautiful wife and my heart just went."

"I was with my husband, but my heart just went!"

"Oh my God, that is just the most beautiful man I have ever seen in my life," she sighed. "Oh my God, he was so gorgeous." We can't say we disagree.

So Mirren admits, she "secretly took a photo of him."

Woah. We wonder if this made for an awkward encounter when the two were paired to deliver an Academy Award this year!

We doubt Mirren felt too sheepish.

"I was sort of rather like Catherine the Great at that moment," Mirren added. "If I'd been her, I would have offered him a palace."