'I didn't know what it takes to be a dad': Jason Momoa reveals his parenting struggles

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Jason Momoa has revealed how growing up without his father has affected his bond with his own son.

In an interview with InStyle Magazine for their December issue, the Aquaman actor spoke candidly about how his upbringing.

Momoa, who has a daughter Lola, 13 and Nokoa-Wolf (Wolf) 11, with wife Lisa Bonet, told how he recently sought therapy to work through some issues from his childhood. Particularly around growing up away from his father.

Momoa was raised by his mum in rural Iowa, while his dad lived in Oahu, Hawaii. The lack of a close relationship with his dad meant Momoa had no framework to draw from when it came to being a father, he said.

"I didn't know what it takes to be a dad," he told the publication. "And I don't want to just tell my son, 'Because I said so'. I really want to connect, and I want him to be vulnerable and open."

Describing himself as a warrior who can "lay it down", Momoa admitted men too needed to talk things out at times.

"But I'm also the first one to say, 'I have a lot of problems, and I want to be able to correct those problems'."

Despite any parenting hang-ups, Momoa's affection towards his kids is clear. He has their names tattooed over his heart, using the stencils from when they first wrote their own names, according to InStyle.

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He also has a matching tattoo with stepdaughter Zoe Kravitz. The pair share the script 'Être toujours ivre', which translated from French roughly means "always be drunk".

"You know, just intoxicated with life. Not necessarily drunk," he clarified.

While there's no doubting his A-list status now, Momoa also spoke of never feeling as if he fitted in while growing up, either in Iowa or in Hawaii during visits to his dad. He said he was bullied for being a little left of centre and for being the only bi-racial kid in his town.

"I got beat up a lot," he said. "Just for being slightly different—it was gnarly. I mean, I wore Birkenstocks in middle school, and it was like, 'You are a freak!'"