Interestingly, the name she chose sounds Hawaiian, and not long after changing her name she would meet someone from Hawaii that would change the course of her life forever. Yes, you guessed it: the Aquaman hunk himself was born in Hawaii and lived there throughout the course of his young life.
Before becoming the actor we all know and love, he was studying to become a marine biologist, and later transferred his major to wildlife biology in school. He started out his college years in Iowa but then moved to Colorado State. In 1999, Momoa got his foot in the door of the acting world when he landed a role in ‘Baywatch: Hawaii’.
But even though Bonet may have faced these issues in existing as who she was, that didn’t mean that she wasn’t still extremely popular with an enormous fan base. In fact, one of those fans in particular just so happens to be the man she ended up marrying. Her playing Denise on the show led to an 8-year old Jason Momoa discovering his future wife.
The actor knew immediately, even at such a young age, that he wanted to end up with her. He claims to have even pointed at the TV and told his mother, “I want that one.” And he wasn’t going to quit until he made his dreams into his reality – and that’s exactly what he did, once given the opportunity to connect with his dream girl.
Just a couple of years after her divorce from Lenny Kravitz, in 1995, Bonet made the interesting choice to legally change her name. She went to the courthouse and signed all of the paperwork to become Lilakoi Moon. As far as the credits for her on TV, however, she continued to use her more recognizable (former) name.
When asked about why she decided to make the switch at all, she said it was because of “privacy reasons.”
From 2005-2009, Momoa held a regular role as Ronon the soldier in 'Stargate Atlantis'. Those who worked on the show with him all had a running joke that his character was their version of Chewbacca on 'Star Wars'. And thus, began the sort of typecasting Momoa lands of the ruggedly handsome and somewhat funny warrior type.
The next part he held was similar in such a way, too, when he was cast as Conan in 2011’s 'Conan the Barbarian'.
Game of Thrones
Later that year, he was thrown into his next major role, in HBO’s 'Game of Thrones'. Momoa found himself playing the part of Khal Drogo, another character that fell along the same lines as those he’d played previously. In fact, since the leader of the Dothraki didn’t speak English and acted like a brutish caveman, he had some problems finding any other type of role afterward for quite some time.
Luckily, his next move was to co-write the 2014 film, 'Road to Paloma', and show off a different side of himself the world hadn’t seen yet.