Jason Momoa has come a long, long way since he starred in the 1999 series Baywatch: Hawaii as Jason Ioane. With his handsome physique, long, wavy hair, and signature brow slit, the Hawaiian-born actor is well known for his notable roles in Game of Thrones, Aquaman, Justice League, and Dune. Though Momoa post his memorable stint went through a rough patch in his career on the HBO hit show (which “starved” him and his family, per Entertainment Weekly), Momoa is now one of the most successful and highest-paid stars in the business, with an estimated net worth of a whopping $25 million. Dollars per Celebrity Net Worth.
But even as he has found success in his acting career, Momoa said he doesn’t want any of his children to catch the acting bug and follow in his footsteps. In his 2021 interview with Entertainment Tonight, the “Sweet Girl” star said he wasn’t a big fan of the idea of his kids Lola and Nakoa-Wolf getting into showbiz too. “I don’t know … I love storytelling, I love theater stuff, I like directing and making films, but I just want them to do other things really,” he said, adding, “I don’t know.” I’ll do my best to keep her out of this.” Fine, but why?
Jason Momoa wants his kids to take a different path
Hollywood, for all its glitz and glamor, can be a tough and unforgiving industry, and only those strong enough to withstand the crushing pressure would survive. Jason Momoa said in his 2021 interview with ET that’s exactly why he doesn’t want his kids to follow in his footsteps and join Tinseltown — although one of them has already expressed an interest. “I’m not a fan,” said the actor, who shares his children Lola and Nakoa-Wolf with ex-wife Lisa Bonet. “I don’t want them to do it.”
Acting, he explained, is a rewarding but very demanding job and he wouldn’t wish the stress that comes with it on his children. “It’s very hard for people and I don’t want them to have that pressure,” he said. “I’m tough, I can handle it, but I wouldn’t want to put anyone I love [through] that.” However, Momoa said he wouldn’t get in each other’s way if one or both of his children turned out to be as passionate about the craft as he was.
Remarkably, Momoa isn’t the only celeb to have expressed disapproval of his kids going to Hollywood. Stars like Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Brooke Shields and Britney Spears have also spoken out against their kids following in their footsteps, with the pop superstar telling Cosmopolitan in 2010 (via HuffPost), “If my sons told me they wanted to be in the entertainment industry, I would lock them in their rooms until they were 30.”
Jason Momoa is a strict dad
However, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone if Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet’s kids followed in their footsteps – after all, they practically grew up in the spotlight. In addition to visiting their father on set and meeting their idols, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf also accompanied their parents to red carpet events, including the world premiere of “No Time to Die” in London and the premiere of “The Batman.” New York only this March. Although, according to Momoa, they are not yet allowed to interact with fans and the press. “Mahalo to the fans and press for being generous and giving us space for the kids,” the actor wrote in his March 4 Instagram post. “It’s hard enough breaking up in public. We appreciate the continued privacy in these times.”
Momoa’s strict and protective upbringing stems in large part from his own upbringing, which he spoke about on The Kelly Clarkson Show in 2019 while promoting his movie Aquaman. “I’m definitely strict [as a father]. I was raised by a very strong single mother who is German, so…” he said. And unfortunately, this means bad news for future suitors of her daughter Lola. “I am sorry [them]” he said. “I mean, it’ll be fun when the boy comes. All those guns, you know what I mean?” But if it were up to him, Momoa said he’d like to see Lola stay away from boys forever. “She’s going to be a nun!” he exclaimed. “Lola’s a nun, she’s a saint!” Oh, fathers!