The role of Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe propelled Jason Momoa to instant fame, making him one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. However, Momoa’s rise to fame was far from smooth.
The actor had a difficult childhood as the only child of a single parent in Iowa and struggled with dyslexia. Momoa has persevered through many obstacles to realize his dream of becoming an actor, and he is now using his fame for good.
From Baywatch to Aquaman
A fortunate break launched Jason Momoa’s acting career. He was modeling in Hawaii when he was approached by a producer from the popular TV show Baywatch Hawaii and asked if he would be interested in trying out for a role. Momoa got the role and appeared in multiple episodes.
In the wake of that success, Momoa was cast as the lead in Stargate Atlantis, where he played the role of Ronon Dex. The show’s success over its five seasons boosted Momoa’s profile as a Hollywood actor.
But it wasn’t until Momoa landed the role of Khal Drogo on the smash HBO series Game of Thrones that he became a household name. Momoa’s portrayal of the Dothraki warrior was so well received that it opened doors for him to play Aquaman in the DCEU.
Jason Momoa’s Latest Project: Chief of War
Actor, writer, and director Momoa is filming his latest series, Chief of War in New Zealand. The show follows a Hawaiian chief in the late 1700s as he attempts to unite the islands against colonization by ending their civil war.
Momoa, who is of Native Hawaiian ancestry, has prioritized highlighting the show’s Indigenous perspective in his work. In an interview with Men’s Health, Momoa spoke about the hard road he’s traveled to where he is today.
“Now it’s wonderful, because it wasn’t handed to me. It was a very, very, very hard road. For a good 20 years, no one knew who I was. I worked on TV shows and wanted to be on something better. I gotta help the world. This shit weighs on me.”
Despite his success in show business, Momoa’s efforts to improve the world go far beyond entertainment. He has been an outspoken advocate for environmental causes, including plastic pollution and the work of the Lonely Whale Foundation and Surfrider Foundation.
In addition to his environmental activism, Momoa has also introduced Mananalu, a recyclable aluminum water cans line. And he has promised to give all the money made from the water to environmental organizations.
Momoa’s desire to improve the world stems from his admiration for the sea. He has spoken out about the need to save the ocean from plastic pollution and other environmental threats because he is a passionate surfer.
Source: Men’s Health