According to the lore, Jason Momoa was once asked what he would write down for the DC Extended Universe haters so that they would abandon the Marvel Cinematic Universe to join DECU! The ‘Aquaman‘ star countered with an epic reply: “F**K Marvel!”
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the son of a father who was a photographer and a mother who was a painter, art and art appreciation were things that Momoa was exposed to at a young age. He spent his childhood in Norwalk, Iowa along with his mother. After two short stints with Marine Biology and Wildlife Biology, Momoa turned his head towards fashion modelling. His passion for movies slowly took shape over that period. Meanwhile, he worked as a part-time staff in a surf shop to find the money for his bills. Soon, the aspiring actor with sharp native American features landed his first role in the action drama series ‘Baywatch Hawaii.’ He played the character of Jason Loane in the show for one year, from 1999 to 2000. The actor also appeared in ‘North Shore’ (2004), ‘Johnson Family Vacation’ (2004) and ‘Stargate: Atlantis‘ (2005).
Momoa’s breakout role came when he was cast in the comedy-drama series ‘The Game‘ in 2009. After garnering positive reviews for his performance in the show, he landed his next breakout role in the 2011 adventure film ‘Conan the Barbarian.’ The actor played the titular mythical hero Conan in the movie, which was a reboot of the 1982 film of the same name. The project also became a turning point in Momoa’s fledgling career as Conan was made popular by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 flick. After stepping into the shoes of the ‘Terminator‘ star, Momoa went straight to audition for the role of Khal Drogo on HBO’s cult ‘Game of Thrones‘ series. Though his character Khal Drogo lasted nearly a year, the actor left with a significant fan base and a crucial place in the character map of Westeros.
“I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive”, Momoa once told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way.”