Jason Momoa: Yoga ‘was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life’

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Reading a Jason Momoa interview is like trying to read the jumbled thoughts of a happy puppy. It’s joyful, but scattered. Momoa covers the December issue of Men’s Health to promote his work in Dune, and he’s incredibly proud of the film and his performance. He’s also just… happy. He’s so much fun, and he really is that hot, big-hearted goofball he appears to be. You can read his interview here. Some highlights:

He loves old cars & motorcycles: “My wife makes fun of me all the time because everything I have breaks down. I like old, beautiful things. It feels like you’re in a time capsule when you’re riding an old bike.”

He likes big, fancy things: “I don’t do incognito. Here’s this flamboyant Cadillac I’ve had since I was 22, because I love Elvis. Here’s my top-hat collection, because I love top hats. Here’s my ridiculous pink fur coat. I have a lot of weird things.”

He worships his wife: “I’m nothing like Khal Drogo. I’m not even the king of my own house! I’m absolutely terrified of my wife. We’ve all gotten so much closer [during the pandemic]. My wife is very sophisticated and smart and [our kids and I are] kind of like animals that need to be trained a little better. I’m constantly a work in progress, and I’ve just been trying to get better as a father and a husband.”

He loves his Dune costars HARD: He stands while I sit, bouncing on the toes of his boots while telling me all about his costars, from Chalamet (“as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside”) to Oscar Isaac (“my new man crush”) to Josh Brolin (“who I look up to so much”) to Javier Bardem (“like a god to me, the roof”).

Midwestern values: “Even though I work in Hollywood, I’m 100 percent roots Midwest. I work hard and don’t take anything for granted. I’m a big family guy.”

He can’t believe his kids like to read: “I can’t believe it—they love reading. I’m like, ‘Stop reading! Get outside.’ It’s insane.” Now that they’re doing remote learning, “they can do school on the road and come be with Papa. Woo-hoo! And I can take them everywhere, forever.”

He was not cool about his stepdaughter Zoe Kravitz dating: Once Zoë started bringing boyfriends around the house, Kravitz played the whole thing super cool (no surprise there), while Momoa was the house worrier. “Lenny is way cooler than I am. I was baffled.” He says part of the reason he cried about Lola turning 13 was that he knows at some point she will start dating and he will inevitably freak out. “I’m not going to do well with it. I’ll just hate it if she brings home some dipsh-t bad boy. I’m like, ‘If you find a man who treats you better than I [treat Bonet], good luck!’ ”

He doesn’t have to work on his body that much: “It’s just genetics. Hawaiians are big people. I rock climb a lot. Maybe I’m an ape. I love the way it feels. I like being upside down. I always loved climbing trees as a kid and swinging in the breeze. But lifting weights is challenging.” Bonet is big into Pilates and yoga, and she’s been urging her husband to join her. “So I tried yoga the other day, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’d rather squat a car. Climbing El Capitan would be easier than doing two hours of yoga. I can’t bend over anymore! My hamstrings are so tight. It’s pathetic. I remember one time I was all yoked out for Conan the Barbarian, and I was in a yoga class with these older ladies in Topanga and everyone was just holding their arms up and I was like, [screams] ‘This is so hard!’ ”

[From Men’s Health]

I was laughing my ass off at Jason’s complaints about yoga and how hard it was. He was literally screaming his head off about lifting his arms above his head. He’s one of the most ripped guys out there and he can’t handle a yoga class. It’s amazing. I love him so much. He’s pretty much the sweetest guy in the world. Anyway, there’s tons more about his family in this piece, and how he considers Lenny Kravitz his family and how much he adores Zoe and all of that. Just good energy, all around him.

Cover and IG courtesy of Men’s Health.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    I feel him for the Yoga!
    I tried it and it drove me crazy.

  2. Astrid says:

    he seems really nice

  3. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I’ve never heard a bad word about Jason and I pray I never do.

  4. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Yoga *is* work, especially vinyasa and ashtanga.

    I used to frequent a studio run by the wife of a former NFL player turned offensive coordinator. As a consequence, periodically these big, strapping players used to come in to work on their flexibility, and did they ever complain. It was pretty funny.

  5. Gobo says:

    I feel him on the yoga front. I cannot do it. Tendons are way too tight for it.

  6. SpankyB says:

    Same here. Some people just aren’t made for yoga. I’m not one of them. But I keep doing it because I like the way it elongates my body. I prefer HIIT type workouts, I love lifting and the fast pace of HIIT. I’m bored out of my head with yoga and I’m not long limbed to where yoga comes natural, I have to really work at being limber. I like the way I feel after yoga, also, but man is it torture to get through.

  7. SarahCS says:

    This is delightful, thanks for sharing with us.

    I’ve been into pilates for a few years now and I’m constantly talking it up to guys (and gals) because it does so much for you but I also love how people just underestimate how hard it is until they give it a try. Evil cackle.

  8. Seraphina says:

    We have runners in some of Pilates and yoga classes. True core strengthening, not for the faint of heart.

    • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe k8 says:

      I am a runner and I have to make myself do yoga. It’s uncomfortable and I hate the feeling of the blood rushing to my head in some of the poses. But when I made myself do it, I found myself healing from injuries that I had been dealing with for a long time. I need to get back into it.

  9. Nerdista says:

    I eyerolled super hard at “midwest” values. I hate that narrative so much. Otherwise he’s a damn delight!

  10. Nev says:

    I used to be so great at yoga and over time let it go. I hope after all this crap I can start taking hot yoga and get back on board.
    He’s incredibly yum.

  11. Chanteloup says:

    Jason Momoa is a bit of sunshine in our fucked up world!
    Thanks, I needed this!

  12. OK says:

    Apparently there are two physical types, bendies and stiffies. The bendies find yoga easy and pleasurable because they have naturally suple bodies. The stiffies are the reverse and find running and weighting training relatively easy and more satisfying . I guess we know which one Jason is.

  13. tcbc says:

    I don’t care for him, because I don’t like empty-headed himbos, no matter how enthusiastic they are. But I wish him well, and I hope he’s saving his money, because he does not have the talent or savvy to last long in his chosen profession.

    • FF says:

      There are plenty of talentless, or mediocre, nepotism hires in the industry currently booking like there’s no tomorrow. Talent really isn’t what keeps people in the industry. It’s whether people want to work with you, the energy/comraderie someone brings to a set while being professional, box office value, social media following, what industry connections a person has, who they’re related to and/or friends with, i.e. being some big name’s protege. There are plenty of talented people who routinely get ignored, dismissed blacklisted for dumb and petty reasons, or just traumatised, chewed up and spit out by the industry.

      If Momoa was going to wind up washed up that would have happened already, nevermind that plenty of actors got labelled “himbos” and moved past the label: Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto, even Tom Cruise.

      What I’d like to know is why whenever there’s a post about a PoC, at least one person has to randomly announce that they don’t like them – no real reason given – as some odd non sequitur statement that’s just personal opinion. It just gets weird seeing it because personal opinion and… okay, I guess?

  14. FF says:

    When are he, Keanu, and Dwayne Johnson going to work together? When?