Jason Momoa Says Growing Up Without A Father Affects Relationship With His Son: 'Want To Connect'

Jason Momoa Says Growing Up Without A Father Affects Relationship With His Son: 'Want To Connect'

Momoa, who grew up without a father at home, said "I didn't know what it takes to be a dad."

Jason Momoa runs off the field after watching New Zealand enter the field of play on Day 2 of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place on March 10, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Jason Momoa is reflecting on his childhood as he continues his journey as a father, as per PEOPLE. During an interview with InStyle, the 41-year-old actor spoke about his role as a parent. Momoa, who grew up without a father at home, said, "I didn't know what it takes to be a dad." He continued, "And I don't want to just tell my son, 'Because I said so,'" of 11-year-old Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha, a.k.a. Wolf. "I really want to connect, and I want him to be vulnerable and open." He then stressed the importance of embracing one's vulnerability. "I'm a warrior, and I will lay it down," he said.


"But I'm also the first one to say, 'I have a lot of problems, and I want to be able to correct those problems.' " For the interview, Momoa also went all out as he dressed in pink from head to toe, and said that "we all have the feminine and the male side in us, and we need to embrace both." "Pink is just a beautiful color," he replied when asked about his love for the hair accessory. "And I'm pretty secure in my masculinity. I don't really give a s--- what anyone thinks." On the theme of embracing one's vulnerability, Momoa opened up about going to therapy and added it was helpful, especially after filming combat scenes.


"I'm amping myself up all day long, and then my nervous system doesn't know that I'm not lopping people's heads off," he said. "For me to relax and sit still is next to impossible." He also revealed that when he was in school, he got beat up a lot as he was the only mixed-race student in his school. “I got beat up a lot,” Momoa shared. “Just for being slightly different—it was gnarly. I mean, I wore Birkenstocks in middle school, and it was like, ‘You are a freak!’” The Aquaman star said he was “ definitely a product of two very opposite worlds,” he says. He really shot to fame after his role as the great Khal Drogo in HBO's Game of Thrones. However, his role in the show came to a rather dramatic end in the very first season.


That eventually impacted his and his family’s life in a very negative way. Momoa was very open when he spoke about the financial hardships that came his way after he was done with Game of Thrones. The actor revealed that he and his family were “in debt” and hardly making ends meet, “starving” and having trouble paying the bills. Momoa then revealed that it was extremely hard for him to land a new job. Entertainment and Hollywood expert Mike Sington told Bored Panda that it’s not at all surprising that Momoa had trouble finding work after Game of Thrones. He also added that his case was far from unique. 


“He’s such a unique type, eligible roles for him would be limited. It’s very common for actors to be a hit in great roles but then struggle afterward. Audiences often stereotype actors as the character they are known for and have a hard time accepting them in other roles,” Sington, who has met hundreds of celebrities over his decades-long career in Hollywood, pointed out that we, the audience, can have a strong effect on actors’ careers, too. Who else is excited to see Momoa on the silver screen again soon? Well, Dune is set to be released in 2021.





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