Game of Thrones is responsible for launching the Hollywood careers of actors like Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, but Game of Thrones was once more of a curse than a blessing for Jason Momoa.
The Hawaii-born actor told The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that after his warrior character Khal Drogo – the hugely popular love interest of Daenerys Targaryen – was killed off in 2012, he struggled to even land an audition.
Pretty soon we’re gonna see him as Aquaman, which is very exciting for obvious reasons.
But surprisingly it wasn’t always easy for Jason Momoa to score jobs because…well, Game of Thrones kinda ruined it for him.
When Jason appeared on The Tonight Show for a little chat with Jimmy Fallon about the new series of Netflix show Frontier, he explained that after he starred in GoT people didn’t think he could actually speak English.
Because if you remember way back to Season 1 of the show, Khal Drogo speaks in Dothraki.
“Yeah, not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was very challenging,” is what Jason apparently told Jimmy. (I was too busy staring at his face and I can’t multitask.)
“It’s like, what do you do with Drogo? You’re not gonna put him in a comedy.”
And Jason didn’t realise people thought this until he met Fred Armisen, who starred in the TV show Portlandia alongside Momoa’s stepdaughter, Zoë Kravitz.
“He was like, ‘I didn’t even know you spoke English’ and it was heartbreaking. I was like, that’s why I’m not getting any jobs.”
Momoa, who has two children with his wife and former The Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet, explained that after a frustrating period of unemployment, he got a life-changing call from Justice League director Zack Snyder.
“That whole audition process is pretty crazy,” he said. “Zack was a huge fan of Game of Thrones … and I couldn’t get a job and Zack called me in.
“It was funny because I had no idea what I was even playing. He just called me in. I had an audition for Batman. Obviously, Ben [Affleck] was cast. I was like, ‘I’m just basically gonna be the bad guy. I’m gonna fight Batman and Superman. I’m gonna play the villain.’ And he’s like, ‘Wait, no. Aquaman!’”
It was a major turning point in his career – after starring in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, he went on to reprise the role in the ensemble Justice League movie, and his first stand-alone Aquaman blockbuster will be released later this year.
You can watch the full video here.
Game of Thrones star Faye Marsay quit social media because of abuse after playing the Waif
The Waif from season six of Game of Thrones may have annoyed viewers the way she acted to Arya (Maisie Williams), but actress Faye Marsay has been forced to quit social media after admitting she got “a lot of shit” after the role.
Because people can’t tell the difference between actors and their characters, apparently.
Marsay played the stick-waving assassin in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game of Thrones, notably stabbing Arya in the recent season. But Faye has now quit Facebook after receiving some online hate.
Speaking at a press conference, the actress revealed her dislike of social media since taking on the role, adding that some people want to know a little bit too much.
She said: “I got a lot of shit after Game of Thrones but people were also really nice.
“I’ve had people trying to figure out who I’m in a relationship with and all that shit.”
“I was a teenager in the ’90s. I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 15, so for me, this shit scares me as well,” she said. “I remember the ’90s and nothing was that intrusive.”
In fact, Faye confessed to quitting Facebook over her worries about social media.
She added: “I’ve just come off Facebook three days ago. But I’ll go to check it and be like, ‘f**king hell, I’m not on that anymore’, and thank god I’m not. It’s terrifying, social media, it terrifies me.”
Maybe not as terrifying as getting stabbed by a Waif who wears the faces of dead people, but we see her point.