Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa moved with his mother to Iowa where he was raised. His origin is Hawaiian on his fathers side, and German/Irish on his mothers side. His uncle is the surfer Brian Kaulana. He returned to Hawaii to attend college, as he was curious about his Hawaiian roots.
Jason Planned on being a marine biologist, but now he wouldn't choose any career over acting. He started out as a model, spotted by the prestigious international designer, Takeo while in college. In 1999, he won Hawaii's Model of the Year and hosted the Miss Teen Hawaii USA contest. In 1999 he also participated in the Governor's Fashion Show, and walked the runway for Louis Vuitton.
His modeling lead to acting, as he got his first role as a series regular on the series Baywatch Hawaii
. He also starred in the FOX special Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding
and the television movie Tempted
. He's also appeared in the movie Johnson Family Vacation
. Jason's hopes for the future Professionally is to be doing feature films and to do theater work like Shakespeare. He's on the cast list of the series North Shore
At the moment Jason is starring in Stargate Atlantis
After a year on the show Baywatch Hawaii
, he went on a journey to Tibet. This trip the Buddhist studying Jason describes as "my best life experience". He's also been to France where he's climbed Fountain Bleu. He's also into arts, and while in Paris visiting his mother he also did some pastel painting. Jason is supporting many charities and community groups. He's been working for the Hawaii Food Bank campaign and has spoken to students at various schools. Jason believes he is blessed by strong family values and enjoys sharing his experiences, especially with the youth of today.
His spare time is spent on rock and ice climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, long board skateboarding and roller hockey. He also spends his free time on Buddhist studies.