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Colin O'Donoghue and Jennifer Morrison talk Once Upon a Time Tension

November 19, 2012   |   Written by Examiner

The first season of Once Upon a Time did a great, albeit frustrating, job of taking away any possible love interest for Emma (Jennifer Morrison), just when it seemed like something might finally spark between the characters. It was a show about fairytales, and yet it seemed at times that the one true savior was going to be the one character without love in her life and therefore without the possibility of a happy ending.

But as the show has gone on, we’ve gotten glimpses at just how and why Emma’s journey can’t be as simple or easy as finding some guy with whom to ride off into the sunset. She loved once—and whether or not he was her true love, she was deeply hurt by his seeming betrayal. It has kept her closed off and guarded and fiercely independent in a way that can be very lonely—but also character building. And it is when she comes to truly be okay with the fate that has befallen her, that is when she should be open enough to find true love.

Or so the fairytales like to say.

“Emma’s plight seems to constantly be to be the victim for the greater good…She’s really had to sacrifice her own feelings and her own emotions over and over again because she has this calling on her life to do things for other people. I think ultimately her journey is finding a way to embrace that and realize that is actually a good thing, but along the way there will also be a lot of heartbreak and pain to reconcile that,” Morrison said when LA TV Insider Examiner visited the Vancouver set* of Once Upon A Time last week.

But Morrison also noted that she certainly hopes Emma finds a little love in her life soon because it has been such a while, and she has been through so much.

This second season of Once Upon A Time introduced not one but two potential contenders in the form of Henry’s baby daddy (Michael Raymond-James) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). Henry’s father left Emma once, and though he had a great reason, it may not be one she can see past the hurt to understand. Hook, on the other hand, she can see coming and can manipulate him just as well as he attempts to do with her.

“It’s been really fun working with Colin and having Emma interact with that character because they’re kindred spirits,” Morrison continued.

“They’re both thieves, and they both come from troubled paths, and they’ve both lost someone that they love, and they recognize [that] in each other, so there’s that camaradarie and that combativeness right away.”

O’Donoghue reiterated this sentiment, saying that Emma and Hook have a “mutual respect,” even if an “unusual relationship” from the start. She did, after all, leave him on the beanstalk—an action that Morrison laughed he should understand, considering he’s not deserving of trust.

“They kind of see an element of themselves in each other [but] there’s an element of distrust there, especially on Emma’s part because he’s a pirate and he’s ruthless,” O’Donoghue said.

“I don’t know if Hook trusts her or not; I don’t think he cares. I think he’s the kind of guy who thinks ‘Oh, I’ll have a go, and if it works out, it works out, and if doesn’t, it doesn’t’.”

To that note, O’Donoghue admitted that Hook is a pretty selfish character— “not adverse to using his sexuality to get what he wants,” But right now, what he wants is revenge and only revenge. Any sparks that might fly (and O’Donoghue teased that Hook will have sparks with “a bunch of women in general”) will be as a manipulation to move him further on his path toward revenge.

“His loyalty lies with himself. His loyalty doesn’t lie with anyone but for Hook. His motivation is sort of to get his revenge on Rumplestiltskin, whatever that means and however he can get there. That’s what it’s all about for him,” O’Donoghue said.

“I think that’s his overriding motivation in life now. He’s just completely self-serving, and if that means that he can have a relationship with one person to get what he wants out of that relationship, [he will]. He’s sort of a sociopath—just somebody who sort of manipulates someone and uses them for their own game. He’s a charming one, but that’s my take on it.”

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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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