Aquaman stands as the most successful DC movie ever made, and its lead actor, Jason Momoa, is now one of the world’s biggest movie stars. But unlike many of his peers, Momoa is relatively new to the celebrity A-list. In a new interview, he has revealed that his breakout role on Game of Thrones was followed by several years of struggling to pay the bills.
Talking to with Instyle, Momoa explained that he struggled to find work after he left Game of Thrones in 2011, after playing Khal Drogo in the first season of the hit show. “I mean, we were starving after Game of Thrones,” he said. “I couldn’t get work. It’s very challenging when you have babies and you’re completely in debt.” Momoa has two children and is married to actor Lisa Bonet.
The star stated that it was only being cast in 2017’s DC movie Justice League that turned things around financially. Since then, Momoa has appeared in 2018’s Aquaman and will be seen next year in Denis Villeneuve’s big budget adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune.
Aquaman 2 is also on the way, but that won’t be released until December 2022. James Wan is back as director, as are co-stars Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson, who will reprise their roles as Mera and Orm respectively. For more, check out GameSpot’s guide to every upcoming DC movie.
As for Game of Thrones, the main show might have finished, but there is a spin-off series in the works. House of the Dragon will be set 300 years earlier, and will focus on the rise of House Targaryen. The series will consist of 10 episodes, and HBO programming chief Casey Bloys previously stated that he was hopeful we would see it in 2022.