Jason Momoa covers the December issue of Shortlist Magazine and has an extensive interview inside. There is also a selection of photos, which can be seen in the gallery below.
On being comedic:
“I don’t normally get to do ‘silly’ things,” he says later, reflecting on the shoot while biting down on a skewer of chicken. “I’m normally hired to play that guy – the barbarian, the brute. After Game Of Thrones, no one was thinking I’d be perfect for a rom-com.”
On auditioning for Baywatch: Hawaii (and telling a white lie):
His acting career was built on a simple white lie. Aged 19, working in his father’s surf shop before heading to college in Colorado, Momoa was offered an audition for Baywatch: Hawaii. When he wasn’t folding T-shirts, he spent his time standing on the beach, with his shirt off, checking out girls. One day someone asked if he’d like to be an extra on the show – which paid $100 (£79) a day for him to stand on the beach, with his shirt off, checking out girls. He figured since he was doing exactly that and making no money, it was a savvy business move. “It’s not as though I took Baywatch to hone my craft,” he says, arching an eyebrow.
But they needed a resumé, and he had nothing of the sort. “When they asked if I’d done any modelling, I just said, ‘Yeah.’” He was a clean-cut, handsome dude – who would argue with that? He holds his paddle-sized palm out and counts the names: “Louis Vuitton, Gucci…” He pauses – had he fake-modelled for Prada? He can’t recall. “I just made that sh*t up. I mean, what are they going to do?”
On his next project:
He’s directing next, a film called The Last Manhunt, and is thrilled that he doesn’t have to be in it. “I’ve had to take many roles just to put food on the table. It’s not a hard choice. But now, I feel I’ve paid my dues. Some people get lucky in their careers,” he says, implying that he was not one of those people. “But I’m not worried. I know who I am, and I’m OK with who I am.”
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