We all have old pictures of ourselves that we hope will never see the light of day. Maybe we had a terrible haircut, or used to be a bit chubby, or perhaps didn’t quite discover our sense of fashion until later in life.
Thirty-eight-year-old Momoa, who rose to fame on Game of Thrones, was Hawaii’s male model of the year in 1999, and while most people would love to have a modeling career in their past, the Aquaman star finds it embarrassing.
But Justice League actor Jason Momoa’s embarrassing pictures are, well, absolutely gorgeous
Given that he’s now known for the rough and tough, hairy, warrior beast that is Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, perhaps having such a clean cut, pretty boy past isn’t so desirable.
Momoa was working in a surf shop when he was discovered. He was scouted for a role in Baywatch Hawaii, which is a television show packed with pretty, young, model-type actors.
His chiseled, beard-free jaw also scored him roles in North Shore, Johnson Family Vacation and Stargate: Atlantis.
Fans have been digging up photos of Momoa from these early acting gigs, which he did between 1999 and 2001, and people have been losing their minds over them on social media.
Once a hottie, always a hottie
The transformation is stunning, and Momoa is barely recognizable. His old pictures are not so much embarrassing as they are extremely surprising. Who’d have thought that the handsome strongman once looked like this!
It wasn’t until Momoa was older that he began to bulk up, grow some facial hair, and become the all-out imposing gladiator of a man that he is today. At 6’3″, he weighs an impressive 220 pounds, and that’s muscle not fat.
He looks like he could take out anyone who came at him, which brings us to how he got that iconic scar over his left eyebrow. It apparently happened in 2008 during a bar fight.
Momoa had a glass smashed over his head during an altercation at the Bird Cafe bar in California, causing a wound that required 140 stitches. However, rather than being upset that his face had been permanently marked, Momoa was glad.
I got called ‘pretty boy’ my whole life. If anything, it’s like, ‘Good.’ It’s not my thing now,” Momoa told the New York Post about the incident.
Momoa’s face was altered a second time before he started work on Conan the Barbarian, which was released in 2011 just before he made it big on Game of Thrones, but this time he altered it on purpose. And no, I’m not talking about cosmetic surgery.
Breaking into his career
Allegedly, Momoa had told a friend that he’d more closely resemble his character if he had a broken nose, so without hesitation, the friend punched Momoa in the nose, instantly breaking it.
The look certainly seems to be working for him! Momoa definitely wouldn’t have portrayed Khal Drogo with his old Baywatch Hawaii style.
So what do you think? Do you prefer Momoa now or then? If you want even more of Jason Momoa and the kick-butt warrior he’s become, check out this video of him performing the haka for UFC fighter Mark Hunt at a gym in Queensland.