With Isabela Merced (still left) in scenes from “Sweet Girl”

Is Jason Momoa as great as he appears to be? Way cooler, we will have to say.

In reality, when we spoke to the 42-yr-aged actor powering this sort of portrayals of Aquaman (“Justice League”), Khal Drogo (“Game of Thrones”) and Duncan Idaho (in the future “Dune” remake) last week, we observed it instantaneously gratifying to be close to these types of grounding, towering existence. The chat was for his most current motion-drama movie “Sweet Lady,” which launches on Netflix this Friday.

Immediately after all, while the 6-foot-4 tall previous Model of the Yr winner rose to fame enjoying larger-than-existence people, there was nary a hint of film-star mind-set in the soft-spoken vibe he emanated during the entertaining job interview.

He even admitted to us that, all in the course of his eventful career, he bought alongside very nicely with all his coactors—except for one particular costar! And, like the cherry on top rated, Jason answered each issue with a warm and welcoming smile, each individual intoned with that manly baritone voice.

In “Sweet Girl,” Jason plays devastated partner Ray Cooper, who vows to convey justice to the men and women accountable for the pointless death of his unwell wife Amanda (Adria Arjona). Having matters into his possess hands has dire penalties, however—because it also places the lifestyle of his only daughter, 16-yr-previous Rachel (Isabela Merced of “Dora and the Shed Town of Gold” and “Transformers: The Previous Knight”), at possibility!

Momoa —PHOTO BY CARTER SMITH

Father

Jason has two kids—a 14-calendar year-outdated daughter and a 12-12 months-outdated son—with spouse Lisa Bonet, whom he married in 2017. By advantage of Lisa’s former relationship to her initially partner Lenny Kravitz, Jason also instantly became Zoe Kravitz’s stepfather.

So, it was not so hard for the actor to channel his emotions and ordeals as a dad, even if his character’s daily life-or-dying predicament and the intuition to secure his beloved ones were being understandably a lot more heightened than his personal.

“I consider not to carry my youngsters into any purpose that I’m playing,” admitted Jason, when questioned how he employed his ordeals as a father and made onscreen rapport with Bela. “But there’s no way to get about the reality of what it feels to be a father when you’re a father, and what it is like to do anything at all in the globe for anyone you enjoy. It’s a wonderful issue to be a mother or father. “In Isabela’s case, there were being quite a few factors that attracted me to her, regardless of whether it’s mainly because of our mutual friends or what she experienced carried out in her career—I realized she was a terrific actor. And we sort of resembled every other (laughs)—and the connection was easy. She appears to be like precisely the way she would if Adria and I really experienced a child.

“Some young ones appear incredibly a lot like to their mothers and fathers, while some others look like they are from another earth (laughs)—but when I satisfied Isabella, creating that father-daughter connection seemed effortless. It felt like she was my have daughter. So, when I’m keeping Isabela, which is unquestionably the way that I would hold my very own daughter.

“My youngsters and I are extremely close, but it is distinct with daughters than with sons because, with the latter, the marriage at participate in is additional masculine. With my woman, it’s just way much more nurturing. I really don’t feel most people have noticed this softer side of me in any of the figures I have played so far—that’s why it’s been nice for me to do this movie.”

Momoa is Ray Cooper —PHOTOS COURTESY OF NETFLIX

Our Q&A with Jason:

The good results of your well known initiatives financial institutions on your powerful chemistry with your costars—like the a person you mine easily with Isabela in “Sweet Female,” with Emilia Clarke in “Game of Thrones,” and with the other superheroes in “Justice League.” In your circumstance, how did you create your chemistry with them? Or did that “magic” happen entirely in the course of the casting method?

No, I just bought actually blessed. In my 23-calendar year profession, I have only had 1 person I did not like … only one—and it reveals in the performance! So, I feel lucky in this regard. And dependent on the figures you are playing, I choose to commit time with other persons on set to make guaranteed that we’re secure and comfy with every single other. Which is how I want to perform—to have a safety internet and not really feel like I’m judging or sense like I’m staying judged, for the reason that that’s when I don’t sense safe and sound, whether or not with the director or cast customers.

With the folks I function for, I’d rather wander into a “home,” simply because which is what it was like for me growing up in Iowa. I understood that they understood my spouse and children and genuinely cared about me. So, I experience like which is also what I want to do—for the organization and for the people today I hire. [You get things done when] you get the job done quite considerably as a family, and you are all involved about each and every other.

You definitely drop your sh*t in this film. We’ve in no way noticed this facet of your work, or expose this aspect of you. As an actor, how did it feel for you to “go there”?

You’re talking about the [hospital] scene with Adria, proper? Yeah, it was absolutely really emotional—even talking about it is hard for me. When we were undertaking that scene, I advised Brian (Andrew Mendoza, the director) I could not just do it proper there [inside the room]. [If this were me,] I would run absent from this and get absent, even while my daughter’s there.

I try to remember my father. He advised me he’d never ever cry all over me. He would be actually stoic, then he would paddle out in the middle of the ocean. He would just yell, scream out in the water—and I felt like I experienced to do something like that. I had to get away from all people and go down this just one area and just consider a hit by way of all that soreness. Brian was really accepting of that.

Yeah it is difficult, emotionally—and that is the explanation why I wished to enjoy this part. You really do not get alternatives like this in a lot of action films. It’s a heartfelt relatives tale, tackling a good deal of intense matters and with a fantastic twist. Hopefully, people today definitely get to see another aspect of me!

You are also coproducing this. What drew you to “Sweet Girl”? What do you look for in a script?

There are a whole lot of factors in this movie that we just haven’t completed prior to, and I favored the idea of staying in a modern movie that follows this standard each day person. Getting the problem involving the pharmaceuticals and govt politics—and how that impacts more compact folks who thereafter want to choose issues into their very own hands in their lookup for justice—was what appealed to me.

As considerably as manufacturing is anxious, this is my first huge movie. We [at Pride of Gypsies, the production company he founded with his partners in 2010] create a good deal of commercials. The just one that I directed for it (“Road to Paloma”) is really small, So, accomplishing this movie is incredibly particular for me—and a big endeavor.

With action and drama all rolled into just one in “Sweet Girl,” it’s like a two-in-one particular deal with for your followers in Manila and close to the environment. How did you put together for these two disparate facets of the movie?

Very well, for the action portion of it, I normally say it is easy to do mainly because I’ve been accomplishing it my whole daily life. I by no means genuinely get to do these more durable acting scenes, but I’m receiving more mature (laughs), so we’ve bought to cram them into these motion flicks. But I do take pleasure in the action—and I have a phenomenal stunt workforce, so I feel incredibly taken treatment of in that problem.

Then, where the remarkable scenes are anxious, I genuinely was more durable on myself simply because I required to make certain that I would disappear into that position. I have my possess foolish, bizarre process (laughs). To some, it may glimpse like absolutely nothing, but there’s anything in there (laughs).

I’m usually worried of acting. I’d alternatively direct and produce—I desire to do all those since acting is always quite, quite, quite demanding!

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