Inside the Tragic Struggles That Jason Mamoa and Lisa Bonet Faced Together

Wed Jan 12 2022

If you’ve ever fantasized about your celebrity crush becoming your forever boo, you should definitely channel Jason Momoa’s energy. Why, do you ask? Well, when the Aquaman actor was just 8 years old, he developed a crush on the beautiful actress he saw playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and that crush would manifest into a real relationship later in life.

Little Jason would probably be shocked the learn that someday, his TV crush would actually become the woman he built his family with. Actress Lisa Bonet already had a full life before getting together with Momoa, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing the girl of his dreams. Through trials and tribulations, this couple has dealt with far more than meets the eye.

Jason’s Childhood Fantasy Came True

Honestly, how many people can say that they saw their future wife on TV when they were a child, and actually pursued it successfully? Well, Jason Momoa is living proof that if you want it to happen, it could happen someday. Your childhood celebrity crush could become something someday, by Jason Momoa’s account.

Momoa the powerhouse was lucky that his dream girl had closed the first chapter of her adult life before linking up with him. She managed to have a full life before him; having a relationship with rockstar Lenny Kravitz, resulting in their daughter, Zoe.

Lenny and Lisa Fell Out of Love

Before her love story with Jason Momoa came to life, Lisa Bonet was romantically linked to rock legend Lenny Kravitz. This couple of mixed raced and gorgeous celebrities had a romance that didn’t last forever, but it did last for long enough for the two to have a child together.

The two instantly connected over shared family history and culture; not only were they both mixed race, but they each had a parent who raised them in the Jewish tradition. Though the two had much in common, they separated in 1991 before officially breaking things off in 1993. Though they are no longer romantically involved, the two remain close friends to this day.

Jason Wasn’t Alone Before Lisa Came Into His Life

Jason Momoa had a serious lover for years before ending up with Lisa Bonet. The Aquaman star was engaged to Australian actress Simmone Mackinnon after years together. He had proposed in late 2004 while on vacation in Hawaii, but despite their mutual excitement, that would soon fade.

Though the two planned to wed in Hawaii, they ended up calling off the engagement not long after Momoa became acquainted with Bonet. With a simple twist of fate, Mackinnon and Momoa called off their engagement. Not too long after, Momoa would find the woman of his dreams.

He Met His Childhood Sweetheart Through Mutual Friends

Lisa and Jason connected after appearing on the same late-night talk show. The two didn’t interact at the studio but were introduced by mutual friends later that evening at a jazz club somewhere in Los Angeles. Momoa recalled being a nervous wreck.

Luckily, Jason overcame his fears and managed to talk to Lisa like a friend. He was immediately lost in her charisma and didn’t know what to do with himself. His dream girl from all these years of imagining was surely exceeding all of his expectations. He was on cloud nine.

They Didn’t Skip a Beat Starting Their Lives Together

Lisa and Jason had different impressions at first. According to Momoa, his feelings were clear instantly. “I turned to my friend and was like [pretends to scream]. I had f—ing fireworks going off inside, man.” However, Bonet didn’t have quite the same impression to start. “I can’t say it was full-on from the moment we saw each other, but we have been together from the day that we met,” Bonet said.

After they met at a jazz club, they stopped for beers and grits at Cafe 101. Bonet reflected on when she knew. “In that moment, love came and it came big, and he did not run as I think a lot of men do. He basically picked me up and threw me over his shoulder, caveman style.”

They Were Ready to Set Off Into the Sunset Together

Within just a couple of years, the couple was welcoming their first child together, a daughter named Lola. They were ready to be together forever. The two jumped into building a life together with no hesitations, but that’s not to say that everything was peachy and sweet all the time.

A few years into their relationship, Momoa was struggling to work and his family struggled to stay afloat financially. For a family with two celebrities at the head of the household, plus a celebrity first daughter, you’re probably wondering how they found themselves in such a situation. You’re not alone.

They Found Themselves Struggling Financially

Though they’re two celebrities who have had a ton of success in their respective careers, the couple was hit with hard financial times when Momoa’s 2011 stint on Game of Thrones ended. He was reportedly in crushing debt and struggled to pay the bills he and his wife shared.

“I mean, we were starving after Game of Thrones,” he told the magazine. “I couldn’t get work. It’s very challenging when you have babies and you’re completely in debt.” He said that he struggled to be taken seriously and that many people blew him off because they assumed he couldn’t speak English.

Jason and Lisa Overcame Tough Times Together

In good times and bad, this couple has overcome so much. His short time on Game of Thrones hadn’t been enough to pay every debt they owed. “For a while afterward, a lot of people bagged on me. It hurt me a lot. People thought I didn’t speak English,” Momoa shared with Entertainment Weekly.

His role might have done more harm than good to his career. “They didn’t know I was playing a role. I’m nothing like Drogo. I’m like Drogo when I’m being lovey and close to the woman I love and being nice, but his other half is not me. But then everyone fell in love with Drogo when they rewatched the show.”

Jason Loves His Step-Daughter, Zoe

When Jason Momoa fell in love with Lisa Bonet, he fell in love with every part of her. He took Lisa’s daughter, international sensation Zoe Kravitz, as his own. Though their family is quite untraditional, he wanted to embrace every part of her he possibly could.

Whenever you sift through social media, you can likely see Momoa and his stepdaughter Zoe embracing each other on a friend-to-friend level. They have developed a close relationship in recent years and have a special relationship that looks more like sibling love than step-parent love.

Zozo Bear and Papa Bear

“Zozo bear” is Jason Momoa’s nickname for his stepdaughter, Zoe Kravitz. The two love having each other in their lives and she even calls him “papa bear.” It must be nice to be best friends with your mother’s new husband, especially when he does all he can to make you feel included.

These two are often seen cuddling, along with the rest of their other children. Zoe and Jason love spending time together and they can often be spotted out on the town spending time together at dinner and different excursions throughout the city of angels.

Jason Was Terrified To Ask Lisa Out

Before the two stars became acquainted, Momoa was “terrified” to ask his future wife out on an official first date. He was a self-described “nervous wreck” before taking that crucial first step. “Especially when you meet someone you’re completely infatuated with and then find out she’s amazing, intelligent, and funny and she’s a goddess and you’re a degenerate,” he told Men’s Health.

The star gave himself some great advice. “Be you. Try to be funny and make her laugh,” he told himself. Had he not been his own confidence boost, there’s a chance he might have never gotten together with the woman of his dreams. We’re glad he pushed past his nerves.

Zoe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet Have Their Own Thing Going

It seems that no matter who Lisa Bonet is romantically entangled with, she will always have her daughter’s back. Zoe Isabella Kravitz spent her early childhood in a “hippie enclave” with her mother in Topanga Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles. They had a flock of chickens and two dogs.

When Zoe moved in with her rockstar father, it made her appreciate the slow life with her mother. They love spending time together and reuniting whenever possible. Plus, Zoe wants to be involved with her siblings and their lives, so that makes the family extra close.

Zoe’s Childhood Surroundings Gave Her Unrealistic Expectations

Zoe Kravitz spent most of her childhood surrounded by the gorgeous supermodels her parents had spent their time with. She was constantly surrounded by people who made her question her personal body image, and that didn’t always help her out.

Zoe was constantly surrounded by supermodels, which led her to question things about herself and her own body. She would constantly find herself asking, “am I skinny enough?” and would later find herself struggling with bulimia and anorexia.

Jason and Lisa’s Family Grew Significantly

Within the first few months of their relationship, the two welcomed their first child. It wasn’t long before they decided to add another rugrat to the mix. Soon, Momoa and Bonet would have their own little army of artistic children to help their family grow.

Their two children, Lola Iolani Momoa and Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, helped Bonet and Momoa create the family they always yearned for. These two take a pretty non-traditional approach to parenting and it’s not half bad.

Lisa Experienced Heartache That Jason Helped Her Cope With

Remember a little guy named Bill Cosby? Well, Lisa Bonet does. One of her breakout roles was as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and while she was grateful for that experience on screen, she was notably fired from the spinoff for particularly strange reasons.

She opened up about her former TV father’s vibes on set. “There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed,” she said. She wasn’t shocked in the slightest to hear about allegations made against him but divulged that if anything had happened to her, she would have been open about it. “The truth will set you free,” she shared.

Their New Family Is Full of Culture

Having parents as connected as Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet certainly comes with its own perks. What else is the point, if you can’t completely milk the experience of having famous parents? Well, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf have lived the high life through and through.

Jason Momoa definitely got his kids into the same kind of hardcore music that he fell in love with himself. Why not connect his kids to something they can bond over? This Slayer concert is just one of the many awesome experiences his children have had with him.

The Kids Don’t Have Access to Social Media

Lola and Nakoa-Wolf, better known as Wolfie, have grown up without the same access to technology that other celebrity kids find themselves engulfed in. Not only do these kids not have social media accounts, but they also don’t even have cell phones to make them from.

The children spend all of their time reading, swimming, hiking with their three family dogs, and generally being kids outside of technology’s tight grasp. They aren’t allowed to watch TV, either, as an effort to keep them from living their lives behind a screen.

Jason Takes His Stepfather Role Seriously

When he committed to Lisa, he committed to her past, her present, and her future. So, naturally, he takes his role as Zoe’s stepdad incredibly seriously and does everything he can to make Zoe feel like his own. They’ve been blessed with a blended family.

Zoe also has the unique experience of her birth father and her stepfather being friends in real life. That’s right, Lenny and Jason are buddy-buddy to the extent that Lenny even posted on social media to wish his ex-wife’s current husband a happy birthday.

A Perfectly Blended Family

Lisa and Jason have created a truly gorgeous blended family. The love for their diverse family dynamic stretches across every family member, with each person offering their own perspective. Zoe, herself, is a huge fan of her beautifully blended family.

“My dad and my stepdad get along really well, and my dad loves and is close with my [half] brother and [half] sister.” the only Kravitz daughter revealed, “It’s really beautiful. As long as everyone can be in the same room together, and have love for each other, it’s totally healthy.”

Their Kids Live Full Lives

Watching their kids grow and progress as people make Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet happier than they could have possibly imagined. “It’s real love,” Momoa says of becoming a dad. “Seeing them grow, learning from them, teaching them…it’s just the greatest thing in the world.”

He’s given his whole life to his kids and only wants to give them more. Since he has matching tattoos with his stepdaughter Zoe (“etre toujours ivre,” French for “always be drunk”), we can only imagine he’s gonna plan to get the same kind of deal with his other two kids.

Jason and Lisa Co-Parent Through It All

This couple has managed to push each other through thick and thin, proving that they are building the family they want to be. Momoa knew he wanted to build his family with Bonet and not spare a second. Years later, they’ve successfully raised two happy kids together.

Momoa’s wife reportedly runs a tight ship, and life at home during the initial coronavirus lockdown was something else. “My wife is very sophisticated and smart and [our kids and I are] kind of like animals that need to be trained a little better,” Momoa told People. “I’m constantly a work in progress, and I’ve just been trying to get better as a father and a husband.”

Lisa’s Previous and Current Husbands Have Matching Rings

Lisa and Lenny realized their love was not meant to last forever, but they didn’t use that as a reason to hate each other. In fact, they remain close friends to this day. Her husband is even close himself with her ex. Come on, he’s Zoe’s stepdad… he’s really going the extra mile.

It seems like Lenny and Jason have the utmost respect for each other. While many might be threatened by parts of their ex’s past, they aren’t going to let that get in the way of their relationship blossoming. Guys need friends too, and if that happens to be with the father of your wife’s child, then so be it.

Their Love Knows No Age Boundaries

Well, let’s be clear; their love knows no age boundaries within what is legal. Jason Momoa is 12 years younger than his wife Lisa Bonet. When he first saw her on TV when he was an 8-year-old boy, she was already beginning her 20s. She had already experienced womanhood.

Still, he felt he needed to experience her to become the man he needed to become. He was smitten with her from the moment that they met and was destined to dedicate his life to making her feel good. She’s a drive he felt he needed to really grow up and whip into shape.

Who Is the Queen or King?

Momoa set the record straight about who the real head of the household is when they’re at home with the kids. “I may look big and tough, but I’m not. I’m not even the king of my own house! I’m absolutely terrified of my wife.” That’s right: Lisa’s totally the head honcho.

He will never forget how he made her feel right off the bat, the way she swept him off his feet. “Especially when you meet someone you’re completely infatuated with and then find out she’s amazing, intelligent and funny, and she’s a goddess and you’re a degenerate.”