Actor Jason Momoa is featured on the cover of the November issue of Esquire talking about his upcoming television series See as well as his wife Lisa Bonet and other hot topics. Check out some excerpts below and enjoy the photos!
Jason Momoa did not steal the dog. He wants to make that absolutely clear. He’s just borrowing him for a little while. Sure, yesterday he walked off the set of his new Apple TV+ show, See, with the slobbery German shepherd puppy who plays one of a scrappy pack, and sure, he brought the puppy back to his Vancouver hotel suite to cuddle with him in bed for eight hours, and sure, he immediately renamed him Rama, which was the name of a dog once belonging to his wife, Lisa Bonet, but this is all just a temporary arrangement.
A gleeful smile appears across Momoa’s face as he starts to applaud. His claps sound like thunder. This grown man—who’s forty, and a dad, and the lead in a major entertainment franchise—is getting pure, ecstatic joy from Rama’s fecal theatrics. “I’m not, like, an old soul,” he says. “I’m a young puppy.” He turns his attention back to the dog. “All right, buddy!” he hoots, bursting with pride. “Good boy! And the smell following right behind. This interview smells like shit!”
He’s wearing a slouchy T-shirt with an illustration of the Hawaiian volcano Mauna Kea on the front, dirty pink flip-flops, a ratty pink velvet scrunchie holding back his sun-streaked mane, and a pair of black-and-gray-striped “boardshort pants” that he designed himself for his new label, called Aloha J. He got the name for the surfwear line (which is coming soon, he swears) from the regular sign-off he delivers to his 13.4 million Instagram followers; he trademarked the phrase in May.
Momoa uses social media not to reinforce his reputation as an actor but to subtly undercut it; he’s not the scary Dothraki king from Game of Thrones who ripped out a man’s tongue with his bare hands. He’s just a dude who takes bubble baths and razzes his friends and snuggles random dogs. The only part of his life that Momoa says he won’t put online is his relationship with Bonet. “She’s very, very, very private,” he says. “I’m the opposite, like, Come on in!”
Though he’s already carried a successful superhero franchise—Aquaman is to date the highest-grossing film based on a single DC character—See marks Momoa’s first time shouldering a television series. As a show of confidence, Apple reportedly spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million on the pilot alone. “It is the biggest pilot that was ever shot,” he says in a near whisper, a proud smirk appearing at one corner of his mouth. This is debatable, but it speaks to his sense of pride in the project.
It occurs to Momoa that perhaps it’s something he should not have mentioned. Apple likes to keep these things tight. “But let’s be honest: People leak shit,” he sighs. “Like, don’t fucking tell me, because I’ll say something. That’s why I’m not the best at interviews, because I start saying shit I’m not supposed to say.” He jokes that he can’t even keep his own kids’ secrets, and that they know not to come to him to divulge their misdeeds. “I’d tell Mom right away,” he says, laughing. “I’m not going to get busted over your shit.”
Momoa wore sleep shades for a couple weeks in order to properly experience being blind. “It’s just amazing how everything else just opens up your body,” he says of wearing the blindfold. “You’re so fooled by your eyes. You cut off all these other senses but just feel and smell and hear, and you can echolocate.” It was Momoa who helped bring some echolocation details into the show; he suggested that his character might navigate by splashing through water and listening to the current.
You can read the entire interview HERE.
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