In the past decade, Game of Thrones has been arguably the most successful TV show. So much so that the addictive saga dominated the entire television landscape.
The show not only smashed an Emmys record by earning 32 nominations for its final run (the most ever for a single season) at the 2019 Emmys, but it also took home the prize for outstanding drama series.
However, despite its humungous success, which sky-rocketed the careers of its stars like Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, and Kit Harington, Jason Momoa from the part of season 1 didn’t benefit much from the Game of Thrones popularity.
This week, Jason, famously known as the Aquaman, revealed that his quick stint as Khal Drogo did not grant him the fame and fortune like his co-stars.
In an interview with InStyle, he opened up about losing his Game of Thrones job in 2011 and how it left him “completely in debt.”
When Jason joined Game of Thrones in Season 1, he had a house in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Lisa Bonet, and their two children. While the HBO series became a huge success, Jason’s character, Khal Drogo, was killed off after just 10 episodes. And suddenly, he found himself scrambling to pay his family’s bills.
“I mean, we were starving after Game of Thrones,” Jason said. “I couldn’t get work. It’s very challenging when you have babies and you’re completely in debt.”
While he struggled to find work, he only got lucky in 2016 by being a part of the ensemble in the Justice League. Two years later, he headlined his solo adventure in the mega hit American superhero film Aquaman.
With the superhero franchise in hand, money started rolling in.
What’s Next In-Store For Jason Momoa?
With a $748 million box office success with Aquaman, Jason’s calendar is packed for the coming years. He is booked until 2024 with projects like See, the Apple TV+ series now filming its second season, and Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve.
When Jason saw the Dune trailer for the first time this summer, he was ecstatic looking at the cast.
The movie (postponed to next October release due to COVID-19) is the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s acclaimed 1965 novel. The film also stars Timothee Chalamet who plays the young ruler Paul Atreides, and Momoa is his most trusted warrior, Duncan Idaho.