There’s no denying it, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet are truly couple goals. They are both massive stars who have managed to keep their lives relatively low key, but at the same time seem like the coolest and most fun-loving duo. They’ve proved themselves as being different from many of Hollywood’s biggest couples, but how different are they? And how does a donkey named Freya fall into the mix? Take a deep dive into their quirky relationship and find out.
On The Late Late Show With James Corden, Aquaman star Jason Momoa described the first moment he laid eyes on his future wife, and the story is not exactly what you would have expected. In fact, Momoa first saw his bride-to-be on his television screen when he was just 8 years old!
Momoa described the moment when he was on TV himself. He said, “I saw her on TV and I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one.'” We’ve heard a lot of love at first sight stories, but we wonder if it counts if a person was spotted on TV. Regardless, it seems that 8 year old Momoa knew exactly what he needed in his life from a pretty young age. But how did he end up marrying his childhood crush?
Even before Momoa actually met the love of his life, Bonet, he was a self-proclaimed “stalker” of the Cosby Show star. In a television interview, he confessed that when he saw Bonet on his TV screen he said to himself, “I’m going to stalk you for the rest of my life, and I’m going to get you.”
He went on to call himself a “full-fledged stalker.” Kind of strange, Jason! Luckily, Momoa chose not to tell Bonet about this until after they had already had two children together, “otherwise it would be creepy and weird,” he said. We have to say we agree on that one. So what happened when they finally met?
After years of Momoa’s self-proclaimed “stalking” of Bonet, anyone can imagine that their first meeting would be anything but standard. The two bumped into eachother at a jazz club where they were meeting mutual friends. In an interview, Momoa described how excited he was when he got to finally meet his childhood crush (he claims he was basically screaming inside).
Momoa said then “convinced” Bonet to give him a ride back to the hotel where he was staying. But they made a stop along the way at a cafe, and that’s where the love story really began. He ate grits, while she ordered Momoa’s own favorite drink, a Guinness. They both described feeling “fireworks.” But where did it go from there, and what does Momoa’s hair have to do with it?
Oh, the lengths people go for love. And if you are Jason Momoa, he even grew out his hair length for love. After pining after his dream woman for years, Momoa admitted that when he first met Bonet, he had hair inspired by his future wife.
On The Late Late Show With James Corden, Momoa revealed that he “actually dreaded my hair almost for her. I had dreadlocks, she had dreadlocks,” match made in heaven! We’re not quite sure what “almost for her” means, but it seems to have worked. He kept the dreads for six-plus years, but soon his “head and neck were starting to hurt a lot,” he said. But Momoa’s long locks still play a major part in the couple’s relationship.
It seems that the bond between Momoa and Bonet is not completely unbreakable. There is one slightly peculiar thing in particular that Momoa says would possibly break them up instantly if it were to change. And what is that one special thing? It’s Momoa’s hairstyle, of course.
Apparently, Bonet is a huge fan of Momoa’s long locks. He even told E! News that “my wife would leave me if I cut my hair, so I just don’t cut my hair. I’m not cutting it for a while, I’ll tell you that much.” Luckily for her and for everyone, he’s kept his signature look. But that’s not the only peculiar thing about the couple.
For years, everyone had just assumed that Momoa and Bonet were already married. And it’s not just because the two lovebirds seem like the perfect duo. No, it’s actually likely that everyone thought that because, well, they pretty much acted like they were married.
How exactly did they act like they were hitched? Well, for starters, they both started to wear rings on their left ring fingers. It was that, along with Momoa’s propensity to call Bonet his “wife” in interviews ever since 2007, long before they actually made it official, which got everyone assuming. But did the two ever officially tie the knot?
While fans had guessed that the couple had been long married, it wasn’t until October 2017 that Momoa and Bonet decided to officially tie the knot. The duo held their nuptials at their home in Topanga, California, in a ceremony that was meant to stay a secret. But along with most Hollywood secrets, this one eventually got out.
Momoa later went on to describe the ceremony as “just a gathering of our families and celebrating our love.” Bonet’s famous daughter, actress Zoë Kravitz, attended the wedding along with stars like Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. But as far as which guest told he press about the wedding, Momoa is not too happy with them. He even joked that he would find the culprit. But the couple’s choice for a low-key wedding wasn’t their only unconventional decision.
For two people who have made names for themselves as being television (and, later, movie) stars, this next fact comes as a bit of a surprise. Not only does Bonet not check her phone in front of her children, but Momoa and Bonet do not have a single television in their entire home to create a “television-free” household. But there’s still one important exception.
The two still have just one computer in their home, and every week they gather around the desktop with a bowl of popcorn to watch their favorite show: Saturday Night Live. Bonet is committed to giving her children a TV-less childhood, thinking it will help their imaginations run free. But not owning a TV set does not mean the couple’s house is empty.
It did not take long after their wedding for rumors to spread about Momoa and Bonet owning a pet donkey. Soon, pictures even surfaced of Bonet taking a donkey for a walk through their hometown, leash and all. It turns out it was not a rumor at all.
When Porter Magazine went to interview Bonet for a cover story at her ranch style home, the reporter and Bonet were greeted by her auburn donkey, Freya. We’re not sure what would catch our eye first, spotting Bonet walking down the street, or spotting Freya in tow. Oh, just another day in Los Angeles, we guess. But a donkey is not the couple’s only unusual pet.
In case a donkey was not already a pretty exotic pet to have hanging around, it seems that the Bonet-Momoa household did not stop there. That’s just one of their more colorful pets that they have living in their Topanga, California, residence.
Besides Freya the donkey, there is also Orpheus, a ball python. But the home petting zoo does not stop there. They also share Amba and Zion, who have been described by Bonet as “my wolves. Well, half-wolf, half-Malamute.” We’ve heard of a “beware of dog” sign, but we do not know where one finds a “beware of half-wolf” sign. And it doesn’t stop there!
With such a colorful and vibrant couple, it is no wonder that they have a colorful and vibrant house to match. Beyond the donkey, the ball python, and the two “half-wolf, half-Malamute” pups that live on the property, there are even more oddities to be found at the Momoa-Bonet home.
Their ranch-style property, which is decorated with Tibetan flags, is basically a playground for the couple and their children. They property houses a skate ramp, a climbing wall, an ax-throwing wall (!), a Native-American style teepee and an old Airstream trailer. Their children are often spotted running around the property barefoot. The family is definitely a tight-knit bunch. But exactly how tight-knit are they?
It only takes a minute of scrolling through either Zoë Kravitz or Jason Momoa’s social media to find that the two love and support each other and share a deep bond between each other. But once they both decided to wear their bond with each other on their sleeves. And we mean that literally.
Momoa and his step-daughter got matching tattoos that say “Etre toujours ivre,” meaning “be always drunk” in script lettering their forearms. A few outlets have reported that Lisa Bonet has the tattoo as well. It definitely takes a pretty cool stepdad to partake in that level of permanent family bonding. But how does Lisa Bonet’s ex, Lenny Kravitz feel about his daughter’s close bond with her stepdad?
If there is one thing Hollywood magazines love, it’s celebrity divorce drama. But when it comes to Lisa Bonet’s relationship with her ex husband, Lenny Kravitz, reporters would be hard pressed to find any messy breakups. The two remain close friends today, and still partake in family traditions.
In fact, Kravitz comes to celebrate Thanksgiving at Momoa and Bonet’s home every year. Bonet described the annual feast as “fantastic. It’s full-on family love.” Bonet even decided once to walk down the 2015 Met Gala red carpet with Kravitz and their daughter, rather than with Momoa, in a totally cool, drama-free way that only the most trusting, cool couples can pull off. But it doesn’t stop there.
In case anyone did not already think that Bonet and Momoa embody the “all in the family” love, it turns out that both Bonet’s current husband and her ex-husband are pretty good pals with each other. Anyone who wants proof can look at Momoa’s Instagram and see plenty of pictures of him with Lenny Kravitz.
And if anyone does not believe the social media hype, then take Zoë Kravitz’s word for it. She told Ocean Drive Magazine back in 2015 that “My dad and my step-dad get along really well, and my dad is close with my brother and sister. It’s really beautiful.” We have to agree on that one.
When anyone is taking a first glance at this Hollywood power couple, there are a few things they might take notice of. Maybe they will notice Lisa Bonet’s effortlessly cool vibes she exudes. Maybe they will notice Jason Momoa’s keen sense of style. But we’re going to go ahead and guess many will first notice their heights.
Not only is there a 12 year difference between the two, there’s also a huge height difference. Momoa is known for being a rather tall guy. He stands at 6 foot, 4 inches in height. Compare that to his wife, who stands at 5 feet 2 inches. That is more than a foot in height difference! But as it goes with most things in marriage, we are sure they somehow meet in the middle. And how do they feel about eachother’s careers?
As actors, taking part in some steamy love scenes is just the name of the game. Plenty of Hollywood couples have had to put their feelings aside and know that sometimes their profession meant taking part in a few love scenes. Momoa and Bonet are definitely one of those Hollywood couples. But that doesn’t mean they have to watch the love scenes.
Momoa told Entertainment Tonight Canada that he cannot watch Bonet’s romantic scenes, explaining, “I just don’t really want to see certain things .. I love her, it’s our job, but I’ve gotta [separate it].” On the other hand, Bonet once secretly watched Momoa’s love scene with Emilia Clarke in Game Of Thrones and called it “amazing.” And believe it or not, without Momoa’s encouragement, Bonet’s career path would have been completely different.
Sometimes, we see that Hollywood stars tend to leave the limelight once they are in a serious relationship, instead electing to spend more time working on their personal lives. For Bonet, the opposite happened when her partner became a major factor for why she got back into the acting industry.
Bonet shied away from the spotlight after The Cosby Show until she went on to take a role on the TV show Life on Mars. But as a quiet person, the idea of going back into television made her nervous. Bonet says that Momoa helped her “prepare emotionally” for the role, and gave her the feeling of safety that she needed to step back onto the big stage. The two obviously care a lot for one another, and they definitely have their own unique way of showing it.
At a wedding, it is customary for the bride and groom to give eachother rings to signify their love for each other. But let’s not act like Bonet and Momoa are the most customary couple. Instead, Bonet did something a little different.
At the Comic Con International in 2018, Momoa was seen sporting a pretty massive turquoise and silver necklace. It was pretty hard to miss. It turns out, that flashy statement piece was given to him as a wedding gift from Bonet herself. And judging by the looks of it, we’d say she has his taste in jewelry down. But that’s not the only way in which Bonet tried to influence her husband.
Anyone who knows about Lisa Bonet’s care-free, flower child personality would not be surprised to hear that the ultra-organic Hollywood star is a big fan of practicing yoga. But she has not had luck trying to get her husband to partake in the exercise.
In an interview with Momoa, he once admitted that “my wife’s trying to get me into yoga, and it is going to take me a while. But eventually I’m going to have to.” It seems like Momoa is already accepting his fate, and that he will be doing some intense yoga poses alongside his wife in no time. But what happens when the tight-knit couple has to spend time apart?
One would think that after all these years together, nothing really surprises such a strong couple. But think again. Apparently, no amount of time will stop these two from partaking in a good surprise. Take, for example, Momoa’s 38th birthday.
For the big day, Bonet actually flew all the way from Los Angeles to Queensland, Australia to surprise her husband. But just in case that was not a big enough gift itself, she also flew their children and some of Momoa’s closest friends to Aquaman’s Queensland movie set. Momoa wrote on social media that he has “never been so surprised” in his life. Talk about going the distance for love! But how much farther are they willing to go?
It is not exactly unexpected that this famed Hollywood couple lives, well, in Hollywood. While Bonet was born in San Francisco, this still makes her a California native. But the two might not be sticking around in California for long.
Momoa, who is a proud Hawaiian, has reportedly wanted to move with his family back to his beloved islands, or he has even suggested moving all the way to New Zealand. Bonet told a magazine that she is “not quite ready to disappear completely,” but suggested she was open to living in Costa Rica. “I don’t think they have an army there. They took that money and put it into education – can you imagine?” she said.
From his roles as Aquaman, Conan the Barbarian and Khal Drogo, to his overall height and stature, many may assume that Jason Momoa is a tough guy. But the gentle giant is apparently just one big softie. At least, that’s what Bonet said of her husband during a magazine interview where she discussed Momoa’s masculinity.
Bonet described Momoa once as embodying a “rare form of masculinity in this day and age” because, despite his on screen image, he is “an alpha male who stands for love and family.” We can head the collective “awws” all the way from over here. But being the alpha male that he is doesn’t mean Momoa doesn’t sometimes get the jitters.
While loving each other comes pretty easy for this power couple, apparently translating that love to on-screen romance is a little more difficult. At least, that is the way Momoa described playing Bonet’s love interest in a movie that he wrote, directed, and starred in.
In Road to Paloma, Bonet appeared in her first movie in a decade. But it was actually Momoa who was nervous. “I always wanted to work with her. It’s funny – she made me shy,” he said. In the end, he called acting in the movie “one of the hardest things I’d ever done in my life.”
While working together and living together can cause stress for many couples, Bonet and Momoa have stuck together through it all. In the future, Momoa says he wants to help Bonet achieve her dreams of directing and working behind the scenes on television and movie sets.
When Momoa was asked in an interview what it was like to work with his wife, he gave the most “aw” worthy answer ever. Not only did he call it an “honor” to work alongside Bonet, but he admitted that “before I met her, it was a dream to work with her.” Talk about total couple goals! Momoa and Bonet are definitely each other’s biggest fans. In fact, their entire family shows their support in a the most nerdy way possible.
Jason Momoa is famously known for playing the fictional superhero Aquaman. And while many fans of his may be of comic books, it turns out Momoa is a big fan himself. And it’s not just him, the whole family have become comic book junkies.
Momoa once said in an interview that he has been a big “Batman fan from Day 1.” His children also have their own favorite superheros. His daughter’s favorite happens to be Wonder Woman, while his son is a big fan of The Flash, Cyborg, and Superman. We bet Bonet’s favorite superhero is Aquaman, but that’s just a hunch.
Sources: Nicki Swift, E! Online, Essence