Today is Jason Momoa’s birthday, and he’s got 40-year-old dudes everywhere reeling. The Game of Thrones star, seafarer, and guy who made 'dad bod' cool again is pretty much living his best shirtless life. Below are seven of the actor’s best no-shirt looks, from the totally ripped, to the dad-on-vacay, and everything in between.
The Burly Look
How do you think Aquaman stays so hydro-dynamic? In 2016 Momoa posted a behind-the-scenes pic from the set of the Justice League movie, showing him preparing for his role as the water-dwelling superhero by getting ready to shave his chest. His post got flooded by emotionally-charged comments like “OMG! I NEED HER JOB!!” and “I’d kick you out of bed for shaving that chest.”
Unwinding After Work
After getting home from a long day, there’s nothing like pouring a glass of wine, drawing a hot bath, and posting a selfie. That’s what Momoa did after an “amazing day” on the Justice League set, giving himself a toast and a “mahalo” to the film’s “amazing stunt team.”
The 'Dad Bod'
This is the picture that made women everywhere say, “That’s dad bod?” and men everywhere say, “That’s dad bod!” The internet was savage on this leaked pic from Momoa’s Venice vacation in July, with haters in shock and disgust commenting “Omg, what happened to the abs?” But Momoa doesn’t let the trolls get to him. When asked if he's bothered by the dad bod designation, he said, “No. Not at all. Tell TMZ I’ll show ‘em my dad bod soon.”
Before he led the Dothraki in the desert in Essos, Momoa saved lives on the beach in Hawaii. The actor starred in Baywatch: Hawaii prior to reaching his fully-evolved final form. You can find some amazing supercuts on YouTube of Momoa looking his boy band dudeliest on the show, which aired from 1999-2001.
Some time between his breakthrough role on Game of Thrones and his current level of superhero super-stardom, Momoa went on a tear posting mountain climbing videos that made the rounds pretty frequently on social media. And he’s not just a random dilettante who saw Free Solo once and thought it was cool. If you could climb this well, you’d do it shirtless too.
Making this list without Khal Drogo would actually be punishable by law. In the first season of Games of Thrones, Momoa traversed a robust character arc portraying the Leader of the Dothraki. As Khal, he went from the scary-as-hell warrior king to the tender-hearted true love of the mother of dragons. But he was hardcore all the way through, like in the clip above where he crushes a guy who questioned Daenerys.
High Fashion Jason
It’s not all just action movies, rock climbing and tearing guys apart with his bare hands for Jason Momoa. He can do high-end too, like in this picture where he's chit-chatting with Susan Sarandon at a Fendi show in Rome. And before you say it, no, that doesn’t count as a shirt. Even though the chiffon sleeves are a nice touch.