Jason Momoa: I’m just the hot dude this second, then I’ll go back to little movies


Jason Mamoa was just named one of GQ Australia‘s Men of the Year. With his work protesting construction on Mauna Kea, and his speech at the U.N. about the threat of climate change to small island nations, it’s not surprising that he was chosen. There’s also his busy acting career, including blockbusters like Aquaman and his great sense of humor. He sat down with the magazine for a profile to promote See, his new show on AppleTV+. He also talked about being a father and growing up with a single mom. He has two children with Lisa Bonet: daughter, Lola, 12, and son, Nakoa-Wolf, 10. He’s also step-father to Zoe Kravitz. Here’s some highlights from GQ:

On his career
I had a couple of great things as an actor but also my own stuff. A really cool personal highlight I want to continue has been the activism I’ve been getting involved with environmentally, to spread awareness about climate change…

It’s a massive ever-evolving circle, man. I’m going to be up right now and it’s phenomenal and an honour to be accepted this way. And then shit will hit the fan and it’s just a roller-coaster. It’ll all go down again.

I’m just the hot dude this second, then I’ll go back to trying to make small little movies that matter to me. But money’s not what I’m going for, it’s movies that I care about.

That said, when Zack Snyder sent me Aquaman and told me we’re going to take this lame character that everyone made fun of, I was like, “Well f-k yeah dude, I’ll make Aquaman cool”. I thought it was awesome that it should be an Islander doing this as there’s so many things to speak about.

The oceans need a voice, and being able to make a movie about that, for all the kids and brown skin kids, to grow up with brown-skin superheroes is cool. I didn’t have that as a kid, so to be able to honour other islands and kids like that is cool.

On being told he’s “a man all men want to be like”
Haha, how can I answer that? The biggest thing for me is I’m searching, and I’m honest with myself. I get really happy and stoked about stuff, I just go for it, and I’m not afraid to say that. Maybe that’s an attractive thing – the guys I love and follow are like that, they’re doers, everyone from a musical friend to someone who’s an outdoorsman.

It’s important to be funny too and in touch with your feminine and masculine side. I just feel like it’s OK to be a man, it’s OK to be a sensitive man, it’s OK to be a strong man. That way, slowly you come into it all.

On if he gets to read much
I wish I got to read more, man. I’ve been trying to read The Odyssey. I travel around with it but can’t finish the thing. But between extra footage on See, directing my next movie, producing and starring in another, if I’m reading anything it’s the scripts that we’re writing or I’m reading with my babies.

My daughter is so smart, she’s 12 and has read every Harry Potter. It’s absolutely gorgeous. We don’t have TV so they read a lot. The imagination is a beautiful thing and I’m trying to support that.

[From GQ Australia]

I really appreciate what Jason says about the importance of Aquaman on multiple fronts: It reminds people about the necessity of protecting the oceans and shows audiences a brown-skinned superhero. Jason seems humble, not full of himself, and very relaxed about the changes that are happening in his life. That seems like the healthiest way to handle success and fame. Enjoy it, but don’t let it be all-consuming, I also want to find out more about his water company, Mananalu, which aims to get rid of single-use plastics. He’s gone to the U.N. Maybe he’ll join Jane Fonda soon?

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  1. ME says:

    Well he definitely knows Hollywood. But also, he’s a man. He can be the “hot guy” for 20 more years. As a woman, she’d be thrown off the cliff already.

  2. Darla says:

    I’m a huge superhero film fan. And I hadn’t known Jason was so active with the environment and the oceans when I first saw him in the role. Which I though he completely shined in. When I found that out, it made his casting so much more. It’s really so perfect. Just perfect casting in every way. This same thing happened for me with Evans. I really was least interested in him when the Avengers first came out. Then his twitter came to my attention, then some interviews. Then I realized that he grasped the importance of Cap in the trump era. It turned me completely around on him. Jason I always thought was one of the hottest men I’d ever seen, by far. Evans, was really blah to me until then and I took a close second look. It’s interesting. You know, this stuff does matter. It’s like modern branding. I don’t want to do business with a company that works against my values. A LOT of young people, most of them now, feel the same way and it’s changed the branding game. Look to Nike for a lesson on that.

    • Jerusha says:

      A lot of old people have been doing it for decades, too. I’ve been boycotting things and businesses anti my values ever since the sixties when I started with table grapes and lettuce to support the UFW. I’m not perfect and I’m sure some slip by, but I try to put my money where my mouth is as much as possible.

      • Darla says:

        I’m not one of the young ones Jerusha, to be clear. lol. I was just mentioning that I think it’s a growing thing. I’m in between, age wise.

      • Jerusha says:

        Yeah, it’s just that every generation has its idealists, its “we’ll change the world” groups. And, like so many of my sixties cohorts, some of us hold on to our ideals and some grow more conservative. It’ll happen with today’s young people, too, although I hope to a lesser extent. I hope more of them realize we’re at a crisis point re climate change and can make a difference. At 75 I only have another 40 or 50 years on this earth(😉), but for future generations it’ll be brutal if nothing changes.

  3. Ennie says:

    I like him and his personality very much

  4. styla says:

    He has such a pure vibe. A bit like child-like enthusiasm for life mixed with tough guy manliness mixed with goofball stuff. He’s the first tough guy I’ve ever seen who didn’t take himself too seriously.

  5. Laura says:

    What a wonderful mini-mental break; to read about this caring, smart, active, hot-ass man. More Jason Momoa, please!! :-)

  6. Charfromdarock says:

    He shot Frontier and parts of Aquaman in my area. By all accounts he is a super nice and friendly guy.

  7. Psu doh nihm says:

    I bet that’s what The Rock told himself, too.

  8. Noodle says:

    I love what he says about Aquaman being an islander. Representation is so important, and I love that he is inspiring others to speak out on climate change and inspiring other POC to speak as well.