Jason Momoa is known for his set of diverse iconic roles like Aquaman and Khal Drogo. In his latest offering, he returns with a Netflix revenge thriller, Sweet Girl, which also stars Isabela Merced. He spoke about working with Isabela and the team at 87Eleven, along with a few other exciting things. Check it out below!
How did being a father change your perspective on the world and how did this film speak to that aspect of you personally?
Jason Momoa: When I became a father, it changed my life because it really made me learn to take care of myself.
Prior to that, I didn’t give too much thought to that. Everything’s to live for after you have babies. I’ve never learned more in my life by having children. I really don’t know what I was doing beforehand. By having children, I felt like my life was then born from that moment on.
When I first read the script, it really resonated with me as a father. It made me think about what I would do if this were to happen to me and if I was in this situation. What would I do? How would I feel about it? What measures would I take into my own hands? Obviously, we took things really far in the film, and we have some amazing twists that I’ve never seen before, but there are some parts of this movie that just rip your heart out, too.
I had to go to some pretty gnarly places I’ve never been to before, especially in the beginning of the film. It’s definitely the hardest thing I’ve had to do to date. I’m playing an everyday man without any superpowers — just a guy trying to keep his family together — and it’s emotional. It’s a horrible feeling when a father can’t protect his family.
What was it like working with Isabela Merced?
Jason Momoa: When I became a father, it changed my life because it really made me learn to take care of myself. I love her too much. She feels like my daughter; it’s as if she’s family. We just really hit it off and connected. She’s already accomplished so much for her age and she just kills it in this movie. I’ve done a lot of stunts and, and you know, you wouldn’t think she can punch or fight like she does for someone so petite, but she’s amazing. I mean, we had a phenomenal stunt team, but she’s got that drive and she just knows how to move.
You’re no stranger to stunt work and training with the team at 87Eleven. What set this film apart from previous experiences?
I’ve been trained by 87Eleven since I was 26 or 27. I’ve been with them pretty much through Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian, to Bullet in the Head and Aquaman. They’re my favorite stunt team in the world and we create beautiful things together and they also keep me safe. So, I obviously wanted them to be on this movie.
As far as the action goes in this movie, it was fun because I didn’t wanna use a gun.
I thought it would be out of character. Ray wouldn’t use a gun to take out his revenge. So we had to get really creative with the ways that we did the fight sequences, which, if you’ve seen the film, adds another layer of complexity to everything.
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Sweet Girl releases tomorrow only on Netflix. Stay tuned for the review!