If you ever dreamed about marrying your childhood crush, you’re not alone—but Jason Momoa actually did it. The Aquaman star recently gushed about his good luck in an interview with Esquire Magazine, calling his now-wife Lisa Bonet his “dream girl” and noting that he fell for the actress years before they met. “Literally my childhood crush,” he tells the magazine. “I mean, I didn’t tell her that. I didn’t let her know I was a stalker until after we had the kids.”
Momoa and Bonet met (for real) in 2005, fell in love and had two kids, Lola and Wolf. In 2017, they legally married—and that’s just one page from his wildly entertaining life and career. The towering action star is an open book with Esquire, coming off as a gentle giant who loves animals, enjoys a good pint, and overshares on social media (have you watched his Instagram Stories? You should). His life is fantastical and filled with characters that seem straight out of a movie, from his hulking trainer to the crew of family and bros that often join him on the road. Momoa enthusiastically raves about his co-stars—including the four-legged ones—and admits to enjoying a good bubble bath and yes, is still wearing the pink Fendi scrunchie from the Oscars that set the internet ablaze. One thing he doesn’t rave about? His own talents.
Momoa doesn’t consider himself a particularly smart guy or gifted actor, noting that he’s known for his physique and action roles. This humble, self-deprecating vibe is somewhat surprising, given his success in both film and business. Instead of acknowledging his accomplishments, the 40-year-old describes his relatively slow rise to fame with gratitude, explaining that he may have struggled with it at a younger age.
Momoa refers to his Dune co-star, 23-year-old Timothee Chalamet aka maybe the style icon of his generation, as someone who rapidly climbed the Hollywood ladder with grace. “I would never be able to handle what he does,” he tells the magazine, while remarking on Chalamet’s talent.
“He’s so f****ing talented, man. I don’t know. I’m a little dumber, needed some time. Which is probably the best for me, because it would have been bad if it happened when I was younger. I just would have f****ed it all up.” He goes on to refer to George Clooney and Brad Pitt as “movie stars”, implying that he’s not one—a statement many fans, including his 13.6 million Instagram followers would readily refute.
If Momoa can teach us anything, it’s to hold on to your dreams, especially if those dreams involve becoming Aquaman, owning several businesses and marrying your celebrity crush. As he tells Esquire, “If someone says something isn’t possible, I’m like, ‘Listen here, I married Lisa Bonet. Anything is f–king possible.’”