Jason Momoa: “I don’t say a lot of things or use big sentences. I’m not ‘very smart.’”

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Jason Momoa covers the November issue of Esquire. The black cat he’s holding looks like my a–hole black kitty. I should definitely send my kitty to Jason Momoa, I think they would get along really well. Jason Momoa is basically what would happen if you turned a very happy puppy into a human through magic. He’s very sweet, he slobbers, he’s easily excitable and he thinks everyone is his best friend. Jason is promoting See, one of Apple+’s new series. See is not getting the kind of attention that The Morning Show is getting, but Apple+ is spending a ton of money on this too, and it’s largely built around Momoa. It’s a sci-fi dystopia, but I’m not going to get into the plot, because Jason barely talks about it anyway! He’s mostly just happy to chill and drink beers and play with dogs and talk about how much he loves his wife and kids. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

His home with Lisa Bonet: Bonet’s section of their house in Topanga, on a sprawling five-acre ranch where she does yoga, is the nice part, while his man cave (yes, he uses the term “man cave” a lot, as in “I feel like Tom Waits and Neil Young might stay the night in my man cave”) is . . . the less nice part. “Goddesses belong up there,” he says, holding one hand high above his head. Then, lowering it to the ground: “Dirtbags down here.”

He can’t keep a secret, not even about his secretive show: “But let’s be honest: People leak sh-t. Like, don’t f–king tell me, because I’ll say something. That’s why I’m not the best at interviews, because I start saying sh-t I’m not supposed to say.” He jokes that he can’t even keep his own kids’ secrets, and that they know not to come to him to divulge their misdeeds. “I’d tell Mom right away. I’m not going to get busted over your sh-t.”

On Lisa Bonet: She was “literally my childhood crush… I mean, I didn’t tell her that. I didn’t let her know I was a stalker until after we had the kids.”

Struggling to find work in his 20s: “I fell in love with the art of acting. But no one took me seriously. Baywatch isn’t known for its . . . quality of acting. I couldn’t get an agent to save my life… If someone says something isn’t possible. I’m like, ‘Listen here, I married Lisa Bonet. Anything is f–king possible.’ ”

He’s modest: “I’m not known for my acting. I’m known for action. I don’t say a lot of things or use big sentences. I’m not ‘very smart.’”

On Khal Drogo not leading to bigger roles: “I mean, where do you put Drogo? He’s not going in a rom-com. No one even knew I spoke English.”

His thoughts on movie stars: “I think of Brad Pitt as a movie star. You know what I mean? Like George Clooney is a movie star. Those guys are like, boom.” He just worked with Timothée Chalamet on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, coming out in December 2020. “I would never be able to handle what he doe. He’s so f–king talented, man. I don’t know. I’m a little dumber, needed some time. Which is probably the best for me, because it would have been bad if it happened when I was younger. I just would have f–ked it all up.”

On his environmental work: “Everyone just has no idea what you get to see firsthand when you live on an island. All the sh-t and garbage that rolls up. The rising of the tides.”

[From Esquire]

“I’d tell Mom right away. I’m not going to get busted over your sh-t.” That made me LOL. He’s THAT dad. He’s the one who halfway acts as if his kids are his biggest playmates and that Mom sets all the rules. That’s one of the themes of the interview too – he’s trying to convince Bonet that they can get another dog, and he’s basically using his kids to convince her. Also: I friggin’ love that Momoa is in awe of Timothee Chalamet! That’s so cute to me. And I think Jason is smart… about some things. But in that part of the piece, he was talking about how he’s seen as an actor. Like, he’s not up for “playing a nuclear physicist.” He never gets that call, to play someone “smart.”

Cover and video courtesy of Esquire.

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  1. Snowslow says:

    If he’s advocating for a cleaner planet that’s damn smart in my book.

  2. koko says:

    I work with some really “smart” people. I find “not very smart” people much more interesting.

    • Harla says:

      I work with a bunch of people who think that they’re really “smart” but I find them to be opinionated bores.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Yeah considering he took money to visit and promote Saudi Arabia as a “great place”…I’d definitely say he’s not smart. Ugh. 🙄

    • Bebe says:

      Wow, how disappointing! Ugh.

    • FlyLikeABird says:

      What’s wrong with promoting Saudi arabia? lemme guess, human rights record? Have you met the USA? you americans kill me. the actions of saudi Arabia are mild compared to the actions of the US in the middle east, Asia, Africa and Latin America. oh and in America against black and brown people. save the faux outrage please.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        The US has done horrible things, but I would NEVER categorize what Saudi Arabia has done as “mild”. FFS. Jamal Khashoggi.

      • Anna says:

        Agreed with @flylikeabird

      • FlyLikeABird says:

        @tiffany what do you think american drones did to Yemeni children, entire somali communities, Afghani and syrian hospitals? you think the bombs killed them in their sleep? nah they were dismembered and torn limbs from limbs. and Napalm girl, remember her? that’s just a few examples.

      • Mia4s says:

        Not American, but thanks for playing! 😏

        You won’t find me venerating the USA by any means, but whataboutism doesn’t fly when he happily took cash money to do a smiley PR tour specifically on behalf of Saudi Arabia. That was the product he was selling.

        Hey how’s Loujain al-Hathloul doing?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Go ahead and minimize bone saws being used on journalists, but I will never agree to that kind of whataboutism. Civilian casualties during wars are tragedies indeed, but targeting and dismembering a journalist is a serious crime and shouldn’t be dismissed. There’s also SA’s overall record on human rights and how they treat women and the gay community. As far as I know, it is the Russian military that has been bombing hospitals in Syria, not the US. Additionally, it is Saudi Arabia that has bombed civilians in Yemen. They did it with weapons bought from the US, which is why so many Americans are against selling weapons to SA.

      • Lillian says:

        Heh. This is really petty and I hope no one takes this too personally, but “thanks for playing” is rarely as bad@ss as it sounds. Pro tip.

  4. westcoastbestcoast says:

    I’d send my kitty to Mamoa any day :)

  5. just a small town girl says:

    I’ve been aware of him since his Atlantis days and all the con stories even then were about how he’s 99% big dumb puppy who is constantly getting into things but you love nonetheless. I distinctly recall one such story of him mooning his costars out of a moving vehicle to win an informal street race? So his less-than-enlightened stances on some things don’t surprise me in the slightest, but he seems like a good guy and I think he’d like to know and learn when he does wrong.

  6. tmbg says:

    I knew there were more reasons I loved this guy. I don’t feel very smart either. When I read comments on here, everyone’s insight and informative opinions leave a real impression on me. I’d like to be able to express myself that well.

  7. Nicegirl says:

    Jason resembles my son’s father- I’m a redhead, we’re going as Mera & Aquaman for Halloween 🎃

    Smart is over rated. I spent years with a super smart dude. I’m interested in a good dude nowadays. Not saying smart can’t be good 🤦‍♀️ ya know

  8. sammiches says:

    It’s good to be self aware and all, but I HATE IT when people speak like this about themselves, it breaks my heart.

  9. Whatnow says:

    Met him a few times at conventions. He’s very good to his fans.

    One event he was late due to flight delay. Came right from airport and stayed until all his fans waiting were able to meet him.

    He takes fan pics even though that is frowned upon at conventions (they want you to pay).

    My several encounters with him were wonderful and he seems genuinely appreciative of his fans and his good fortune.

    I noticed he also stay good friends with Joe Flannagan (Star Gate Atlantis days)

    That’s all I got LOL

  10. DaisySharp says:

    It’s okay baby! I’m smart enough for us both!

    hahhahaha

    omg thank you for that Instagram video Kaiser. wow.