#ManCrushMonday: Jason Momoa

#ManCrushMonday: Jason Momoa

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Always on the verge of something big, when will this hippie hunk finally break out?

If you like your men with a healthy dose of boho spirit, Jason Momoa may just catch your fancy. Tall, tan and tattooed, Momoa has been known to hit the red carpet with long locks, a statement hat and more bracelets than Johnny Depp. Still he pulls it off with aplomb. Being gorgeous underneath all that scruff doesn't hurt. Another plus? Momoa's mixed ancestry — he has Hawaiian, German, Irish and Native American blood — that makes his looks kind of implaceable though vaguely 'exotic' and makes him the go-to guy for hunky, 'ethnic' characters.

Can't quite place where you've seen him before? You may recognise him as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones or as the dreadlocked Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantic. Here are five other thing you may not know about Hawaiian-born actor Jason Momoa.

1. He used to be in Baywatch Hawaii
So we caught Momoa way back when, in the so-bad-it's-good series, set in his native Hawaii. Nothing much happens — beyond the usual dramatic sea rescues and middling drama — but he does run in slow motion... we think.

2. He is Aquaman
Yes, Momoa is the superhero no one wanted to be. Looks like this island boy is destined for sea-dwelling characters. Although we have to say, he looks pretty impressive in the first released character photo. Look out for him in the upcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and in a standalone Aquaman movie in 2018.

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3. He is married to actress Lisa Bonet
The couple married in 2007 and have two children together, a daughter named Lola Iolani and a son called Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha. Yes the hippiness runs deep with this two as they seem to have a shared love of dreadlocks and layers and layers of clothing. By default, he's also the step-daddy to Bonet's daughter with musician Lenny Kravitz, Zöe Kravitz.  

4. He also writes and directs
More than a devastatingly handsome face, Momoa also co-wrote, directed and produced the 2014 thriller Road to Paloma, which co-starred Bonet, Sarah Shahi and Lance Henriksen, about a Native American man fleeing the law. 

5. He has a new TV series up his sleeve
It was just announced that he will be appearing in a new Netflix drama about the 18th century fur trade called Frontier. Momoa will play Declan Harp, a ruthless trader. Though the series has not even started filming, fans of other Netflix originals like House of Cards and Master of None can look foward to some high-quality drama. More Momoa? Always a good thing.

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