Lisa Bonet is an actress, a wife, and a mother, but she is also somewhat of a mystery because she has chosen to live her life (mostly) away from the public eye. She lives a peaceful existence in the mountains, where she walks around barefoot, takes strolls with her pet donkey, and doesn’t own a television. She also has no desire to share her life on social media, and an interview with her is just as rare as it is to see a candid snap (although fans do occasionally catch a glimpse of her on Jason Momoa's, or her eldest daughter, Zoë Kravitz’s, social media accounts).
But what is well-known about Bonet is the love she has for her family. She is a dedicated mother to three children, a loving wife to her husband, and her relationship with her ex, Lenny Kravitz, has made their big, happy family total goals. Bonet is an incredibly down-to-earth woman who is not afraid to be silly, she works hard and her hands are not manicured, and she’s someone most people would love to have in their circle of friends. Below are 20 times Lisa Bonet was one of the most relatable celebrities around.
20 She’s Super Down-To-Earth And Loves Being Silly With Her Husband
Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa have a celebrity relationship that’s perhaps not as well known as some other celeb couplings out there, take Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, as an example -- despite both these pairs no longer being together. But Bonet and Momoa have a wonderful relationship which has withstood the test of time, as they’ve been together since meeting in a Jazz bar in 2004, Net-a-Porter reports.
Bonet is also one of the most relatable celebs because of how down to earth she is, and she can be silly and loves to have fun with her husband. In an interview with People, Momoa said, “Not a lot of people know how absolutely hysterical she is. She makes me laugh and is just really quirky.” And Bonet told Essence she and her husband are “goofy, like, we just laugh.”
19 Lisa Has A Fantastic Bond With Her Eldest Child, Zoë, And They Are Often Photographed Together
Lisa Bonet is somewhat of a mystery because she has chosen to live her life off the grid. It’s rare when she gives an interview, and just as rare to see a candid snap of her, but what we do know about her is how much she values her children and the relationship that she has with them.
She appears to be incredibly close to her eldest daughter, Zoë Kravitz (who she shares with ex-husband, Lenny Kravitz). Not only do the pair look a lot alike, but they also appear to have similar interests. What we mean by this is Zoë chose to recreate her mother’s 1988 Rolling Stone cover, years later, and the two women have both pursued a career in acting. Plus, they’ve appeared in a Calvin Klein campaign together.
18 But She’s A Mom To Three Children, Zoë And Two Others With Her Current Husband, Jason Momoa
Although her eldest daughter, Zoë, is more well-known (and much older) than Lisa Bonet’s other two children, she is a mom to three in total. Zoë Kravitz was born to Bonet and Lenny Kravitz in 1988, and years later, Bonet added to her family with current husband, Jason Momoa -- the pair secretly married in 2017, after more than 10 years as a couple, E! News notes.
Their first child together was a daughter who they named Lola Iolani Momoa, and one year later, the couple welcomed a son, who they named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. According to Mom.me, Nakoa means “warrior” in Hawaiian, the country of Jason’s birth, so it seems the pair paid tribute to his heritage with their unique baby name.
17 She Wants To Live Her Life Away From The Public Eye And She’s Pretty Much Off The Grid
We previously mentioned that Lisa Bonet has chosen to live off the grid, and Net-a-Porter notes that she lives around an hour outside of Los Angeles proper, on five acres of “canyon country.” She has chosen to live a peaceful existence in the mountains, where she walks around barefoot, and Bonet told the publication her home is “quiet, tranquil and, yeah, a bit reclusive.”
As for why she wanted to live here, surrounded by animals, instead of in a high-rise apartment in the middle of a city, Bonet explained that the reclusive bit is her “Scorpio nature," adding, "I already have that loner personality.”
16 And She Protects Her Children From The Limelight Because She Doesn’t Use Social Media (Or Share Anything Online)
She also doesn’t like to share much of her personal life, and this is unlike many other celebrities who use social media as a tool to aid their stardom. Bonet is different from other celebs, and if ever there was a star who could be referred to as “normal,” many would probably consider it to be her.
When asked in an interview with Essence, how much social media she absorbs, because it doesn’t seem like much, she responded by telling the publication that in addition to not using many popular social media apps, which are simply “not on my radar,” she was also “television-free.”
15 She Found A Way To Co-Parent Like A Pro With Ex-Husband, Lenny Kravitz
One of the most impressive things about Lisa Bonet’s parenting is how she and ex-husband, Lenny Kravitz, have found a way to not just be co-parents, but also friends. This must have taken an immense amount of understanding and respect for each other, but it’s really benefited the whole family. And we mean the whole family because Kravitz is even friends with Jason Momoa.
“It’s fantastic. It’s full-on family love,” Bonet told Net-a-Porter of the two families spending time together.
Kravitz has also spoken about his amicable relationship with Bonet, and according to Rolling Out, he said, “Zoë’s mom and I now are best friends. That’s how the relationship started. It makes you feel really good when you can do that.”
14 And Now Their Blended Family Is Total Goals For Others In The Same Situation
Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz, and Jason Momoa are really blended family goals, and they are living proof that it can be done (although it probably didn’t happen overnight). The three parents’ decision to form a friendship has positively benefited not just Zoë Kravitz, but also Bonet and Momoa’s children, as Lenny explained to People.
“After Lisa and I separated, we learned to find a new relationship,” he said. “Then I met Jason when they got together and I love him, he loves my kid and I love their kids and we’re all one big family. It’s beautiful.” He and Jason even have matching rings to symbolize their friendship, so you have to know they’re tight.
13 Lisa Is A Hands-On Mom Who Wants To Create A Life That’s Better For Her Kids Than Her Own
Lisa Bonet wants to create the best possible life for her children. In an interview with People, she described herself as a “hands-on mom” and added, “A parent’s hope is to pass on wisdom so they don’t repeat the same mistakes you did. You want a better life for them.”
She also spoke about how Jason Momoa had given her a feeling of “safety,” and it’s clear they are a very close family, who love each other dearly. According to E! News, Jason Momoa explained that when he has downtime from filming, he likes to spend it outdoors with his wife and kids. "Cuddling babies, kissing my wife, playing in the dirt, rock climbing, just being with my kids. I love being with my kids out in nature,” he said of the way he likes to spend his time.
12 When She’s With Her Kids, She Places Importance On Being Present And Never Checks Her Phone
There is no denying that technology plays a big part in most of our lives. When we wake up in the morning it may be to the sound of a phone alarm going off, and while half asleep we start reading texts from the night before and responding to emails. After work, many people relax in front of the TV or browse social media. But as adults, we know the importance of limiting the use of technology, and as parents, we understand that being present with children is important and this means turning off distractions to spend quality time with them.
This is something Lisa Bonet does (although her house also has no television and just one computer) and in an interview with Net-a-Porter, the publication noted how she “never checks her phone in front of her kids.”
11 She Praises Her Husband For The Man He Is — And There Is A Reason Why This Relationship Has Lasted More Than A Decade
Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa have a beautiful love story. After meeting in a jazz club in Los Angeles in 2004, they instantly connected. According to Net-a-Porter, Bonet gave Momoa a lift home, and on the way, they stopped off at a cafe.
“I can’t say it was full-on from the moment we saw each other, but we have been together from the day that we met,” Bonet said. That day is now around 15 years ago, and there is a reason why this couple has made their love last. They really do have a lot of love and appreciation for each other, as Bonet explained, “What’s cool about Jason is that he’s an alpha male who stands for love and family. And to circle back to my own wounds, having an absent father, then to be fully met by a man of that stature, is really incredible…”
10 She Found Inner Strength When She And Lenny Kravitz Divorced, And She Was Strong For Her Daughter
Lisa Bonet and her ex-husband have a fantastic relationship now, and the pair are living proof that co-parenting can work. But she has also experienced pain, and divorce is never easy.
When Bonet’s relationship with Lenny Kravitz fell apart in 1993 (they married when he was aged 23, and she was aged 20), after six years, Net-a-Porter notes it was “crushing.” Bonet had a young daughter to think of though, and she needed to be strong for her, or, as the publication notes, she didn’t want to pass on her emotional baggage.
“I didn’t want to pass on those heirlooms, and this fresh wound of a divorce,” she explained. “I think there are probably times when these thresholds can either sink you, or you can see who you are and rise and dust yourself off.”
9 She Encourages Her Children To Play Outdoors And Use Their Imagination
Lisa Bonet is proud of the woman who Zoë Kravitz has become, and told Essence, “She’s a well-balanced young woman, and so not affected, and deep and funny and thoughtful,” but her daughter is an adult now, and she is raising two other young children. And like her eldest daughter, she is also raising them to be thoughtful individuals, telling Net-a-Porter she encourages them to play outdoors and use their imaginations.
She also spoke to Essence about not allowing her children to watch TV, but they do have a computer at home “—we’re not that much in the Stone Age!” she exclaimed, adding, “I feel strongly about remaining as media-free as we can. I really want to cultivate my children’s imaginations. I love that they can go off and play for hours making paper airplanes.”
8 She’s Not Just A Mother To Zoë, She’s Also Her Friend (Or Some May Say, Her Twin)
Lisa Bonet looks a lot like her daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and although she doesn’t give many interviews and is reluctant to share her thoughts on social media, we do know that these two are not just mother and daughter, but that they also share a friendship, and we know all this because when Zoë shared this image she captioned it with “my pal.”
In part, this friendship could have been cultivated by the trust that Bonet has for her daughter, and she fully believes that she is going to make the right decisions about her life. “I mean, really, for a parent to have a child out in our insane world and not have to worry about her other than the general “may she always be protected”— in terms of her making decisions for herself, I feel completely at ease with that, and that’s such a great thing,” she explained to Essence.
7 Instead Of Seeing Her In Flashy Cars, You Can See Her Walking Her Donkey Around Town
Not that there's anything wrong with having fancy cars and wearing expensive jewelry, it’s just that Lisa Bonet prefers to live a simpler life. What this means is that instead of seeing her drive around in a sports car, some fans may see her walking her pet donkey around town (near her home in Topanga, California). Her donkey means a lot to her, and Net-a-Porter notes how her “family – including her pet donkey – always comes first.”
She has been photographed on one of her strolls with her donkey, Freya, and needless to say, it caused great excitement in the media, although Bonet offered no explanation at the time. However, one thing we do know, is that this pet, and pets in general, mean a lot to Bonet, and when referring to her donkey in the interview with Net-a-Porter, she exclaimed: “Isn’t she beautiful? We’ll go walking later, honey.”
6 She's Completely Dedicated To Her Family, And Her Famous Husband Has Stated How Lucky He Is To Have Her
It’s hard not to like Lisa Bonet because she seems like the type of person most people would want in their circle of friends; down to earth, funny, and a person who really cares about the world and the creatures in it. She is completely dedicated to her family, and the feeling is mutual because her husband, Jason Momoa, feels exceptionally lucky to have her in his life.
“She’s an angel. She’s amazing. God bless her. She’s seeing this one through,” he told Huffington Post Live, adding, “I’ve done a lot of dumb things in my life.” When he refers to seeing “this one through,” he is referring to their relationship, and how his “dream woman” has stayed by his side.
5 She’s Graced The Covers Of Prestigious Magazines, Yet You Won’t Find Her Sharing Selfies
Lisa Bonet found fame from a young age on a popular TV show, and she has been on the cover of multiple magazines, including Rolling Stone, yet despite this, you won’t find her standing in front of the mirror for hours (at least, I don’t imagine she would) or sharing selfies online.
Now, that’s not to say she has never posed for a selfie, she has with her daughter, but it’s her relationship with social media that makes her unique from many other famous people. And her reluctance to be in the public eye is because she has reservations about attention, and has described herself as “shy” in an interview with People.
4 Celebs Go Overboard (And Spend Millions) On Weddings, But Lisa And Jason Kept Theirs Simple And Special
After more than a decade together, Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa decided to get married, and exchanged vows in 2017, although there had been reports years earlier that they had wed. W magazine also notes how Momoa had referred to Bonet as his “wife” in multiple interviews over the years.
Celebrities like to go overboard when it comes to their weddings, and they spend millions of dollars on a night, or sometimes a weekend, surrounded by hundreds of guests. In contrast, Bonet and Momoa opted for a quiet ceremony, which according to E! News, took place at their family home.
3 She’s Been Called A ‘Phenomenal Mother’ (And It Seems This Is A Title She’d Appreciate More Than Any Other)
Lisa Bonet was strong for Zoë after her divorce from Lenny Kravitz, she has commented on how proud she is of her children in rare interviews, and publications have noted that for Bonet, family comes first. She is a woman who has many titles, including actress, celebrity, friend, and wife, but it seems mother is the one she appreciates more than any other.
She is such a wonderful mother that Jason Momoa made an effort to compliment her for this in an interview with People. “My wife is amazing. Her ultimate art form is being a phenomenal mother,” he said.
2 In Her Own Words: ‘My Hands Are Definitely Not Manicured’ — And That’s Why We Love Her
Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying the finer things in life and getting your nails or makeup done, for example, this is not Lisa Bonet’s thing. She has referred to herself as “scrappy” and told Essence, “I fall somewhere between a princess and a peasant. A princess not in the fashion sense but more in the sense of a certain standard, a connection to nature. And in terms of a peasant, I feel like I’m very of the people. I’m not afraid of hard work. My hands are definitely not manicured.”
And this is perhaps one of her greatest (and most relatable) quotes.
1 Her Idea Of A Good Outing Is Exploring Flea Markets With Her Family
Some celebrities' idea of fun would be to go to swanky bars and expensive nightclubs, others may be to spend time at the front row of fashion shows, or shut down an entire venue so they can explore, but Lisa Bonet is relatable because her outings including exploring flea markets with her husband.
Jason Momoa had really nice things to say about his wife in an interview with People, and among his comments, he spoke about how they like to spend time together, doing simple things. Speaking of one of their favorite pastimes, he said, “My wife and I love to go to flea markets. We like getting little trinkets and shopping for antiques.”
Sources: People, Essence, Net-a-Porter, Fashionista, E! News, Mom.me, Rolling Out, Huffington Post, W magazine.