Conan The Barbarian actor Jason Momoa has revealed he found it hard to find work after Baywatch.
The actor recently admitted he wasn't taken seriously after he played the role of Jason Ioane for two years in Baywatch and as a result struggled to find other film roles.
However, Momoa, who also starred on hit sci-fi television series Stargate Atlantis, said he was still grateful for his part in Baywatch.
He told Movieline: "I love that it got me into acting, because I was 19 when I got it and it's now 13 years later."
"I love that it gave me the opportunity to fall in love with acting, but it also really, really hurt me, being on it. Just because it's Baywatch, people don't think you can act. I'm constantly fighting that stigma."
The actor explained it took him a few years to prove himself, and went on to praise Stargate Atlantis.
"It took me four or five years just to get an agent," he added. "I couldn't get a job afterwards. No-one would take me seriously. So I went, 'Screw them' - I went to school, trained, I travelled the world and finally got in there a little bit."
"Then Stargate Atlantis was very great to me. I loved Stargate, and I had fantastic crews and cast. It was like getting paid to go to school. It set me up to play Conan."
Directed by Marcus Nispel, Conan The Barbarian is a reboot of the 80's franchise and will see Jason Momoa star as warrior Conan. Other cast members will include Rachel Nichols, Stephen Land and Rose McGowan.
Conan The Barbarian will be released August 26.