While audiences these days are more familiar with her husband Jason Momoa, there was a time in the late eighties and early nineties when Lisa Bonet had a chokehold on America.
The actress, from her days on The Cosby Show to now a semi-retirement, has been everywhere Hollywood has to offer during her forty-year time in the business.
Lisa made her debut to the world at large in November of 1967, already close to the entertainment business in San Francisco California. Just one of eight children, all half brothers, and sisters from both parents, her childhood would be a little crowded.
While she would grow up with music in her family, she instead decided to move into acting not long after high school.
Don’t Trust Cosby
She would begin modeling not long into her teens, taking guest spots in different sitcoms and dramas across television before hitting a big role (and bigger trauma) with The Cosby Show in 1984.
Her part as Denise, the teen daughter of the Huxtable family, would last through a majority of the show and into the spinoff A Different World in 1987, staying until her pregnancy in 1988 before landing back at The Cosby Show until its end in 1991.
She would also meet her first husband during that time, a young up-and-coming musician named Lenny Kravitz.
Lisa would help Kravitz produce his first album, getting him a connection with the sound producer in charge of The Cosby Show and getting his foot in the door for an album release just in time for the nineties to come roaring in.
Lisa would also make a break into big-screen acting during the time, taking on a lead role in Angel Heart alongside Robert DeNiro and a less plastic-filled Mickey Roark.
Both the film and her acting would receive praise, leading her to more roles once The Cosby Show ended, opening her up to roles in Thrillers after like Bank Robber and Dead Connection, which were significantly worse than Angel Heart was.
Motherhood and Divorce
Her career would take sporadic breaks here and there as well following the birth of her and Kravitz’s daughter in 1988. Zoe Kravitz would go on to become a noted actress herself, appearing in everything from X-Men: First Class to the most recent incarnation of the Dark Knight, The Batman as Selena Kyle.
Unfortunately, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz would separate, leading to a divorce in 1993. Around the same time, Lisa would also legally change her name to Lilakoi Moon.
Though the roles would slow down as she raised her daughter, supporting parts in Enemy of the State and High Fidelity would keep her moving through the new millennium one step at a time.
She would keep going into the new decade with smaller roles in films Lathe of Heaven and Biker Boyz before her life would have another massive development in 2005 as she met a new flame.
Other Fish (or Aquamen) in the Sea
Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa would meet in 2005, with Momoa still being a young up-and-coming actor and Bonet being on the scene for twenty years already.
The two would spark up a romance, dating and welcoming two children into the world before finally marrying in 2017.
Unfortunately, the two would announce a separation in 2022, though are reportedly working on their marriage and putting their best foot forward to try and maintain their relationship.
Bonet would continue acting into 2008, appearing mostly in indie films like Whitepaddy and mainstream drama Life on Mars before taking a break from her career, not returning until 2014 in Road to Paloma, a film written, directed, and starring her then-boyfriend Jason Momoa.
The film would do relatively well with critics, though it was a much smaller release with not much box office presence.
Even though she didn’t make a long-term return to acting, she did take on roles for a while in the mid-2010s before seemingly going on an extended hiatus again.
Making appearances in dramas like The Red Road on AMC, Ray Donovan on Showtime, and even Girls would bring her back to audience minds for recurring roles throughout the first two series until making what seems to be her final appearance to this day, in a short film meant to advertise a Chanel perfume in 2017.
Where is Lisa Bonet Now?
Since then Lisa has been relatively silent, only coming out in recent years to speak out and tell her story of what she saw and experienced while working with Bill Cosby throughout her childhood. Spoiler, there weren’t a lot of good things to say about Cosby.
Otherwise, Lisa tries to stay out of the limelight, now choosing to continue seeing her children off into adulthood as the youngest is entering their teenage years.
Bonet and Momoa are reportedly working on their marriage and looking to continue their relationship, which is a lot more promising than most Hollywood couples these days.