The Red Road

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Ja­son as Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones. Sea­son 1 M-Net Edge (*102) 19:00 Ac­tion

Six years af­ter he was killed in sea­son 1 of fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones (2011 -cur­rent), big bad Ja­son Mo­moa is still a fan favourite as Dothraki war­lord Khal Drogo. And he’s con­tin­u­ing his rebel ways in two-sea­son ac­tion drama The Red Road (2014-2015), as ex-con­vict­turned-drug baron Phillip Ko­pus.

As in­tense as his roles are, 36-year1

old Joseph Ja­son Na­makaeha Mo­moa is pretty laid­back, which he cred­its to his Hawai­ian up­bring­ing, pho­tog­ra­pher mom Coni and painter dad Joseph. “I grew up with artists, I grew up rock climb­ing, I grew up with surf­ing. I’m not a bar­bar­ian,” he laughs.

But he cer­tainly had what it took 2

to play one. Ja­son was picked from over 200 ac­tors to play Co­nan The Bar­bar­ian in 2011’s re­boot of the fan­tasy movie that made Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger fa­mous in 1982.

While he con­fesses to “de­test­ing 3

weights in the gym”, Ja­son is very sporty and does yoga, cir­cuit train­ing, swim­ming, moun­tain-bik­ing and rugby to stay fit. And you can keep tabs on his pre-work to play su­per­hero Aqua­man in 2017 sci-fi movie Jus­tice League on his In­sta­gram page @pride­of­gyp­sies, where he also posts videos with him drink­ing beer and play­ing gui­tar.

Beer al­most cost him his eye­sight 4

in 2008 when he was slashed in the face with a beer bot­tle in a bar fight. He needed 140 stitches and jokes that “I got called ‘pretty boy’ all my life. Now that’s not my thing any­more”.

One of his “things” is his fam­ily 5

– Ja­son’s been mar­ried to ac­tress Lisa Bonet since 2007. The cou­ple have two kids, daugh­ter Lola Iolani Mo­moa (9) and son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Na­makaeha Mo­moa (7).

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