Jason Momoa sees Pinoys as ‘family,’ and things we learned from ‘Aquaman’ presscon

Vincent Garcia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2018 01:45 AM | Updated as of Dec 12 2018 07:27 AM

Jason Momoa reveals that he sees Pinoys as 'family,' given the number of Filipinos living in Hawaii. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

One question during his first-ever press conference in Manila held this Tuesday and it was clear that Jason Momoa, star of "Aquaman," already knew how to charm the local crowd. 

"As far as I'm concerned, the Philippines is like the 10th island of Hawaii," the Hollywood actor said after being asked about the importance of engaging their fans, no matter how far they were. 

"There are more Filipinos in Hawaii than Hawaiians! We're kinda basically family! So I feel like it's an honor for me to be here." 

It was a fairly short Q&A with the media at the Grand Hyatt Manila, bereft of any exciting revelations. 

Though that will matter little --after all, they came here to meet their Pinoy fans first and foremost and it was not to make any huge announcements ala what they do at comic cons. 

Jason Momoa proves that he's a natural charmer, even drawing a few cheers as he took his shirt off in the middle of the presscon and tying his hair into a bun. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

For some, the mere fact that Momoa, who also portrayed a popular "Game of Thrones" character, is actually here is already good enough, given the overwhelming desire of local die-hard supporters to see their Hollywood heroes up close. 

He was with co-star Amber Heard, who played Mera, and director James Wan. The limited number of questions --of which included a puzzling one about whether they had trouble going to the bathroom in their costumes-- signaled that they already had an eye towards the fan meet hours later. 

Amber Heard explains why her Mera character is the "main driving force" of "Aquaman," George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Still, there were some interesting answers: Heard talked about how her character is actually the "main driving force" of the film; Wan discussed how he incorporated his background with the horror genre into his first superhero movie; and Momoa joking that his preparations involved lots and lots of alcohol.

Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and James Wan were all excited to meet their Filipino fans. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Check them all out below: 

"Aquaman" premieres in the Philippines this Wednesday (December 12).