Nowadays, Jason Momoa is well on his way to becoming a household name. He played one the most beloved characters on HBO’s Game of Thrones. DC’s Aquaman starring Momoa is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2018 and his Netflix series Frontier is doing so well that it’s already been renewed for a third season. It’s hard to believe that Momoa would ever have a difficult time landing any role but, the actor says there was a time where he couldn’t even get auditions.
Momoa appeared Monday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they, of course, talked about Game of Thrones. As it turns out, Momoa was so convincing in his role as Khal Drogo on the series that it actually impacted his ability to get auditions after his character was killed off in 2012. Momoa said that most casting directors didn’t realize he spoke English in real life which put a damper on his job searches. Momoa said:
“Not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was very challenging. What do you do with Drogo? Like you’re not going to put him in a comedy – he’s pigeonholed, a little bit.”
Momoa said he couldn’t understand what the issue was and why he wasn’t getting calls for auditions until he met up with comedian Fred Armisen (Portlandia). Armisen, being the good friend that he is, shed some light on the mystery for Momoa.
“My stepdaughter Zoe did Portlandia and he [Armisen] was so excited to meet me. He’s amazing and then he said, ‘I didn’t even know you spoke English’ — it was heartbreaking. It was like, ‘that’s why I’m not getting any jobs!’”
Thankfully, things turned around for Momoa and we get to see him reprise his superhero role when Aquaman hits theaters this year on December 21, 2018.
Check out the full interview with Jason Momoa and Jimmy Fallon below: