Jason Momoa: Why Aquaman Is Important To His Family & The Baywatch Connection


Jason Momoa's acting career began by playing lifeguard Jason Loane on the television series Baywatch: Hawaii. Since then, he has done his best to make people forget he was ever on the show, but ironically he will had back into the ocean for his most important role, Aquaman. “It’s a trip,” Momoa told The Daily Beast. “I spent 15 years trying to dig myself out of the Baywatch hole, and now I’m Aquaman. Life is very good.”

Like Paul Bettany, Jason Momoa is happy he has a comic book role that will offer his family the stability of knowing he has acting jobs in the future. “It’s awesome as an actor to know what your future is going to be because I have children and I’ve busted my ass to put food on the table,” he said.

It is also important to Momoa that he will be working alongside The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Amazonian Princess (Gal Gadot), and his family idolize the characters and can sit enjoy those films. “It’s awesome knowing that I’m going to be in Justice League because my son is the biggest Batman fan and my daughter loves Wonder Woman," Momoa explained. "It’ll be cool for them to see me in something because they’re not going to be watching Game of Thrones or Red Road anytime soon, but now they can see Daddy kicking ass in IMAX.”

Once again Momoa preached how important it is that a non-white actor secured a role in a comic book movie. “Aquaman is especially cool because being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that," he said. "And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.”

Aquaman comes to theaters July 27th, 2018