Jason Momoa has come a long way from the 1999 television series Baywatch Hawaii. As the 37-year old has developed into one of the biggest names and faces in the industry. In 2011 after years of toiling away on small projects, the big offers came thick and fast. First it was warlord Khal Drogo in the smash hit HBO program Game of Thrones, quickly followed by the reboot of Conan the Barbarian as Arnold Schwarzenegger's old character.
While some might consider his acting career as typecasting, moving from one warrior role to the next, the Hawaii native understands how far he has progressed and the lucrative deals open up the possibilities to expand his horizons. Speaking with THR, Momoa outlined to the publication how he is feeling just weeks from shooting the DC blockbuster Aquaman.
New Fame But Still The Same Grounding For Star
Teased in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before he makes his complete debut in the DC world for Justice League, Momoa is able to have the perspective of looking back and enjoying the view. With two children Lola Iolani and Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha under 10, the actor is not out for personal glory.
"I haven't been an actor who's been able to pick and choose roles," begins Momoa, "and being a family man, it's been about putting food on the table. This has been the best moment of my career because the superhero roles are letting me get the other roles I want."
While Game of Thrones gave him a new platform to millions around the world, there was one issue that didn't showcase his complete talents, like talking!
"You get a lot of respect for Game of Thrones, and it was a lot of fun to play," explains Momoa, "but it didn’t help my career a lot because Khal Drago doesn't even speak English."
Bold New Netflix Frontier For Jason
Playing a fur trader who takes no prisoners, Momoa's new Netflix series Frontier makes it's opening on January 20, 2017 as he transitions from a major blockbuster to the streaming site. The actor was drawn to the lead character who came from a diverse background.
"He's half Irish and half native, as am I, so it really resonated with me," said the star. Moma's own story is quite unique, having Hawaiian, German, Native American and Irish heritage of his own. "When you find out that he's lost his family, when you pull back each layer, it was a beautiful place to go as an actor. I've never played anything like that before."