Jason Momoa looks like he’s one part Viking, one part rock star and two parts Hawaiian Jesus — but one thing’s for certain, he’s all hunk. And though his looks are certainly showstopping, they’re not the only reason we love him so much.
He’s handsome, he’s talented, he’s romantic… did we mention he’s handsome? I mean, there are a million reasons we can’t get enough of Game of Thrones, and we’re always wistfully waiting for Momoa to pop back in.
If you’re not as obsessed as we are, it’s officially time for you to hop aboard the Momoa train. Here’s why.
1. He’s got a fire inside
Getting into character for an audition is hard. It’s a sterile environment, and the people reading with you don’t usually give much back. But, dude. Momoa’s audition to land the part of Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in GoT, is crazy good. He performed the Haka, a traditional South Pacific war dance.
“I’m half Hawaiian, and the Haka is a very sacred thing, something your family teaches you,” he said in an interview. “My father taught me.”
2. He’s not afraid to get physical
Momoa is a big dude, but he’s super in shape and isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. At a Comic-Con presentation for Justice League in July 2017, he interacted with fans as he sat cross-legged on the ground, thrashed his hair around as he showed off his trident and even smashed his chair on stage to get everyone riled up (in a good way).
He’ll also happily take a punch for the sake of a role. To play the title role in Conan, the actor enlisted a friend to help, well, rough him up. “I wanted to make it look like he was more barbaric, so I had a buddy punch me in the nose,” he told the Huffington Post in 2011. “He should always have a broken nose, I think — a constant flow of blood coming out of his body somewhere.”
3. He’s #FamilyGoals
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I have never been so surprised in my life. 38 is the greatest to date. I love u my loveee my babies my friends and OHANA to my cast and crew. Mahalo for caring. It was so beautiful. Mahalos to all the warriors It was an honor. #mindblown. #roots #connected #mytribe aloha j mahalo @jasinboland
Not only does Momoa make up half of one of Hollywood’s — and, you know, the planet’s — hottest couples (his wife is Lisa Bonet), but he also has two healthy, happy, gorgeous children.
On top of that, the hulking six-foot, four-inch star is a total softie when it comes to Bonet. “She’s so amazing,” he told HuffPost Live. “She’s an angel. She’s amazing. God bless her.” He also said he wrote her part in Road to Paloma specifically with her in mind because she is his dream girl. “I always wanted to work with her. It’s funny [though] — she made me shy.” Be still, our hearts!
4. He’s a total Renaissance man
Sure, many of Momoa’s roles have been tall, dark and silently brooding types — but the actor is far from one-dimensional. To maintain his manly physique, Momoa likes to take it outside the gym. He enjoys rock and ice climbing, snowboarding, hiking, skateboarding, roller hockey and mountain biking. In his downtime, he devours books, devotes himself to Buddhist studies and composing haikus. He also plays guitar and considers spending time with his kids to be one of his favorite pastimes. So cute.
5. He says things like this
“I think a man needs to be a man. To hold a woman the way she wants to be held,” he told the New York Post. “Just do whatever your woman wants, and you’ll be fine.” We die.
6. Paying homage to his Hawaiian heritage is important to him
For Momoa, one of the coolest things about getting to play Aquaman is representing his culture. “There’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives,” he said at a Walker Stalker Con panel in Atlanta a couple of years back. “My family are some of the greatest water men on Earth. I’m not, but I’m going to train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian.”
And the Hawaiian people are proud of their Momoa too!
It’s been a hot second since he was on the Hawaiian version of Baywatch (yes, that’s a 19-year-old Momoa in the video above), but his old fan base is totally on board with where his career has gone.
7. He’s funny
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When u wake up Read this throw on some ice cube and start blasting " It was a good day". running around the house like home alone Living the fucking dream WILL FERRELL is a god to me. I'm so fucking happy.cccccccccccooooooooommmmmmmeeeeeedddddddyyyyyyyyyyy. FINALLY Sorry about all the fucks I'm just really fucking happy 😊 😜😜😜
If you follow Momoa on Instagram, you’ve caught a glimpse of his thunderous laugh and his sense of humor — but are you ready for him to go full comedy? Apparently, he’s playing freaking Will Ferrell’s son in a movie soon. Yes, you read that right. We couldn’t be more excited.
8. One word: Codpiece
We are so here for Justice League.
Originally published October 2014. Updated August 2017.