A model and actor, Jason Momoa was born in Honolulu but soon moved
to Norwalk, Iowa where his mother raised him. Like his character in
Baywatch, Jason longed to learn about his Hawaiian roots and returned
to the islands to attend college. It wasn't long before international
designer Takeo discovered the 6'4," green-eyed actor and launched
his modeling career.
His passion for adventure took Jason to the top of Fountain Bleu France.
An avid rock climber, the Fountain Bleu was a challenge that Jason conquered
head on. A natural athlete, Jason enjoys ice climbing, mountain biking,
snowboarding, long board skateboarding and roller hockey. He also has
a love for the arts, culture and spirituality. He dabbled in pastel
painting in Paris and traveled to Tibet this year, where he deepened
his spiritual knowledge of the Buddhist teachings.
LIFE'S A BEACH Jason's a newcomer to the spotlight and definitely one to watch (not that he's hard to look at!) He plays "Jason" (we know, quite a stretch) one of the lead cast members, on Baywatch Hawaii. Even Jason admits he's a lucky guy and not just because he spends his days tanning in the Pacific Sun. "I never did the struggling actor thing, never did drama in high school. I never read plays, but now I can't get enough of it." Funny, we can't get enough of him!
SWIMS WITH FISHES Jason always knew he would spend his days by the ocean, but he thought he would be studying it, not frolicking in it (the surfer dude planned on being a marine biologist). So, just how did this Hawaiian hottie end up in front of the camera? "I went to Hawaii to hang out with my father and uncle (famed surfer Brian Keaulana) on the set of the film "In God's Hands" when I met my managers." The managers sent him off to do runway modeling for Louis Vuitton, but had him back in Hawaii when Baywatch came to town. "I kept trying out for a month and then got the job the day I was supposed to leave."
PARADISE FOUND After spending a year in the Hollywood limelight, introspective
Jason needed a break from his newfound fame. "In my off-season,
my managers took me to Tibet." The trip was quite meaningful for
the actor, who happens to be studying Buddhism, a philosophy for which
he has the utmost respect. "Tibet is serene, amazing, the people
are so beautiful. They have nothing (materially) and they're so happy--
it kinda puts everything in check. It was a great experience, probably
my best life experience." Next on his travel calendar is a trip
to the Swiss Alps and then he's off to France for what he refers to
as "the Mecca of climbing," followed by time spending some
time with Mom in Paris (how sweet!)
EXTREME JASON In addition to surfing, kayaking, snowboarding and camping, Jason's obsessed with a dangerous sport. "I went to Canada to do some mountaineering & discovered ice climbing." Always up for a challenge, he's quite confident about his new passion saying that he likes the fact that it's a "real mental game."
PICTURE PERFECT This isn't Jason's first experience with Teen magazine. "When I was thirteen, a girl in my neighborhood sent my picture into Teen for their GUY OF THE YEAR contest." Surprise! Jason was picked and profiled in the mag. "I got beat up all through high school 'cause of that."
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