The 44-year-old actor opened his introduction with a shout-out to moms in the audience, joking that she was “still recovering from giving birth to me.”
“I’m so happy to be here. I love this place. I love life. I love waking up and washing my luxurious hair with all-over shampoo,” he said, shaking his ponytail. “And I love playing Aquaman because I love the ocean.”
Momoa went on to discuss his love for the water and said he wanted to be a marine biologist when he was younger. “That makes sense because I was born to be a scientist,” he quipped.
The actor, who was born in Hawaii and raised in Iowa, said living in the Midwest caused problems for him when it came to his love of sea life. He decided to move here after watching “Hand of God,” a 1998 surf movie set in Hawaii. Back away.
Momoa boasted that landing a role in “Baywatch” sparked his career. “I call it the B-word, but I fell in love with acting,” he said.
He added: “I only stayed for a few seasons because you really don’t want to get stuck. Now I feel like my life has come full circle.”
Momoa concluded his monologue by discussing his aluminum water bottle company, Mananalu, which aims to “eliminate single-use plastic water bottles” and curb ocean pollution.
The “Aquaman” star joked that the Hawaiian translation of Mananalu is “suck it, Dasani.”
Saturday marks Momoa’s second time hosting the NBC sketch comedy. He first came to power in December 2018.
Momoa referred to his time “on the island” in a sketch titled “The Island”abandon”, he returns from life at sea to visit his ex-fiancée Elaine (Chloe Fineman) and her husband Dennis (Andrew Dismukes).
“This island changed me,” Momoa’s Laird said of living on a deserted island for five years after a plane crash. “The only thing that mattered was survival and how big a fire I could make with my own hands.” And) the raw skills I can call upon to hunt.”
Momoa’s Laird leaned on himself during the skit, pushing Elaine to the ground while Dennis tried to fight him off with a push-up contest.
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This article originally appeared in USA Today: ‘Saturday Night Live’: Jason Momoa stirs up buzz with opening monologue, Dasani expresses displeasure