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“Josh doesn’t do well with no sleep,” Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin says of her on- and off-screen husband, with whom she has two young sons. “And neither does David,” Josh Dallas adds. And thus sets the stage for this Sunday’s episode (ABC, 8/7c), in which Charming aims to settle some unfinished business while his misses continues her unbreakable slumber.
As revealed earlier this season, the death of David’s father, long-ago back in The Enchanted Forest, may have been no accident. So while Snow White remains zonked by a sleeping curse, Charming will set out to uncover the truth.
“He’s got so many things that he wants to fix before she wakes up, so he stays up a little longer than he should,” Dallas shared with TVLine during our visit to the Once set this week. “That erratic, up-all-night, haven’t-slept-for-days kind of takes over David, and he becomes single-minded in not only trying to save Emma [from Gideon], but trying to figure out the truth of his past. He’s visited by the ghost of his father (played by Van Helsing‘s David Cubitt), and his past is not what he thought it was.”
Charming, though, will need a helping hand (singular) in his mission, so he turns to a certain resourceful buccaneer. “He forces Hook a bit into helping him,” Dallas says, “and thank god he does, because Hook ends up saving him in many ways, and forcing him to see clearly.”
Hook, in turn, sees an opportunity to prove himself more than a pirate to David, whom he just might be thinking of calling “father-in-law” at some point.
“Hook knows that he wants to be with Emma,” Colin O’Donoghue explains, “so he kind of wants to get David’s permission to propose to her.”
But as seen in promos, things between the gents get tense, possibly derailing Hook’s bid to repair his reputation. “Yes, something will bite him in the butt…,” O’Donoghue hints.
In the end, though, what Charming comes to discover will have significant ramifications. “It changes the course of his life from here onward,” Dallas teases, “because he thought it was one way and it was actually another.”
Surveying the two-hander (as it were) as a whole, O’Donoghue says, “It’s always great to have two-person scenes on the show, and it was great to have those scenes with Josh, and really get to explore that relationship of Hook and Charming.
“I’m hundreds of years older than him, but I want him to be my father-in-law,” the Irishman notes with a laugh. “And we’re friends, we’re not friends…. It’s complicated, so it’s really good!”
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Once Upon a Time‘s midseason premiere. Read at your own risk!
The years have been unkind to Wish Realm Captain Hook!
During Once Upon a Time‘s midseason premiere, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) enlisted the help of Pinocchio (Eion Bailey) to build a new wardrobe, thus providing a portal back to Storybrooke. However, with a bounty available upon Emma’s safe return to the Wish Realm castle, a familiar face was all too quick in attempting to “rescue” Emma so he could claim the reward. Her supposed hero? Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue).
However, this wasn’t the Hook that Emma (or OUAT fans) remember. Like most others in the Wish Realm, Hook actually aged, though he definitely did not keep his figure — the pirate’s penchant for rum didn’t serve him well.
“It was one of my favorite incarnations of the character,” O’Donoghue tells EW. “It was great because the guys were like, ‘Look, you’re going to be old, fat, and just a crazy version of yourself,’ and I was like, ‘Okay!’”
It took roughly two and a half hours in the makeup chair to put together this new version of Hook. “I hoped it would take longer to make me look like that,” jokes O’Donoghue, who explains that the look was created with just makeup, not prosthetics.
“It wasn’t until I got the makeup on and the hair and the costume that I figured out who he was going to be,” O’Donoghue says. “I really wanted him to sound like Hook, but different, older. It was just funny. He was a big bumbling idiot. I wanted him to be a complete contrast to who Hook is at the minute, but also he, in his mind, believes that he is God’s gift to women and that he has this fantastic debonair air about him when in actual fact, he’s just a mess.”
Seeing the creation come to life was a treat for Morrison. “It was so fun,” the actress says. “He had such a good time doing it. We’ve been calling it Old Hook. It’s a really fun exchange where we come across him and, obviously, Emma is trying to stay serious, but it’s pretty funny because she knows that the repercussions of this aren’t real, as long as we get out of this realm. But maybe we should lay off on the alcohol a little bit.”
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our postmortem with Morrison and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on Emma surviving the prophecy here, and read our postmortem with Kitsis and Lana Parrilla about Robin’s return to Storybrooke here.
This Sunday at 8/7, ABC’s Once Upon a Time is heading 20,000 leag—, er, many fathoms under the sea, as Hook crosses paths with another famous seafarer — while in present-day Storybrooke, the pirate grapples with his decision to deceive Emma, by holding onto the magical shears with which she might ultimately excise her Savior status.
“He loves Emma and is obviously very concerned for her. That’s his whole reason for keeping them,” Colin O’Donoghue explains to TVLine. “He sees this as a way that he can protect her and save her from dying,” should she choose to abandon her role as a seemingly damned Savior.
“Hook knows that deep down, he’s sort of betraying her,” the actor continues, “but he’s doing it in his mind for all the right reasons — much in the same way that she kept him alive when he said he wanted to die, in Camelot, rather than become the Dark One.”
As Hook conceals his guilt, he will flash back to his first boarding of the Nautilus, the submarine helmed by Captain Nemo (played by American Crime‘s Faran Tahir), as revealed in the exclusive sneak peek below:
“Nemo wants to try to enlist his help for something. And Hook being ol’ Hook, it’s very difficult to get him to go anywhere without forcing him to do it!” his portrayer observes with a laugh. “That’s why he is brought there at harpoon-point.”
Once properly introduced, the two captains arrive at “a weird sort of mutual respect,” O’Donoghue previews. “Hook, who at that point [in his life] is quite a selfish person, sees that Nemo has a way about him that he respects. So he ultimately wants to ‘honor his wishes’ in a sense.”
As for these flashbacks’ overall purpose, “There is somebody on Nemo’s crew that Hook has a history with,” O’Donoghue teases, “and that speaks to the bigger picture of why the Nautilus and Nemo are on the show.”
Meanwhile in Storybrooke, Hook’s complusion to keep a secret from Emma could not have come at a less opportune time, given the to-Hell-and-back strides they have made in their relationship, most recently culminating in the decision to live together. “It’s something that will weigh on him quite heavily, but he’s doing it so that he has a ‘get-out clause’ for her if worse comes to worst.”
Whether or not this deception marks a longterm setback for Hook and Emma, O’Donoghue has been quite pleased with Killian’s growth since first crossing paths with the Storybrooke heroes, especially as he does what he can to right his (many) past wrongs. Case in point: the olive branch he recently extended to Belle, who on more than one past occasion was assaulted by the pirate.
“For this version of Hook —Once Upon a Time for the Hook who wants to try to be a hero, who wants to try to do his best for Emma, who wants to be integrated into society — [the détente with Belle] was very, very important,” says O’Donoghue. “The way they’d written the scene was very good, and I always have fun with Emilie [de Ravin].”
Alas, such developments are cold comfort to the “Captain Swan” fans who for so long have hoped for a truly happy ending, and now must sit and wait to see if Hook’s lie sinks their ‘ship. To that fretting following, O’Donoghue can only offer this: “If you watch on Sunday, you’ll see how things come to a head… and perhaps get resolved.”
Yes, Colin O’Donoghue Has Seen All of Your Fan Art
An interview with the ‘Once Upon A Time’ fan favorite
Throughout six seasons of Once Upon A Time, dozens of characters from the pantheon of Disney and fantasy stories have been introduced. But Killian Jones, AKA Captain Hook, has retained his status as perennial fan favorite.
It’s not hard to see why: Hook has the smoky eyes of a 00’s punk rocker and the quintessential attitude of a bad boy with a heart of gold. He does the wrong things, sure, but he only does them because he loves so much. Hook is also half of the “Captain Swan,” the ship name of the relationship between Hook and Emma Swan, a love story so romantic it launched a thousand pieces of Tumblr fan art.
Now in his fifth season on the show, I talked to Once Upon A Time’s Colin O’Donoghue about what it’s been like to play the pirate that everyone loves to love.
When did you realize you were a fan favorite?
O’DONOGHUE: I mean I knew from the first episode—I was surprised the way people reacted to the character because Captain Hook is essentially a villain, and he was when he came in originally. So it was a strange thing people kind of liked him. But I guess the whole point of the character and the way I wanted to play him was that he would be somebody that, while he was a villain, people would like and want to hang about with. He’s kind of like the friend who gets in all of the trouble, but you sort of go, “Oh, that’s okay, that’s what he’s like.” The only difference is this friend would have killed people back in the day.
I wanted him to be different from any previous incarnation of Hook, because when you take on such an iconic character—it’s difficult because obviously Dustin Hoffman and Jason Isaacs played him in such an incredible way. I wanted to play him a little different, a little bit of a bad boy character, but a little bit more refined, if that makes sense.
Did you watch other versions of Captain Hook to prepare?
I had seen all of those movies. I had seen Hook growing up—it was one of my favorite films—and I had seen the version of “Peter Pan” that Jason Issacs was in, and I had seen the older versions, obviously the Disney version. So I researched it a little bit but I didn’t want to, specifically for this character, put other things in my mind. Sometimes you sort of read a role and get a very clear idea of how you would play it and I didn’t want to influence that in any way.
This is my fifth season on my show, and I guess Pirates of the Caribbean was also very relevant at the time, and I also really wanted to steer clear of the Jack Sparrow element of what people expect pirates to be like now and put my own stamp on it.
So what makes your version of Hook different?
I think he’s sort of a pirate with a conscience. Certainly now, he is, but he’s always have a moral code that he, in his pursuit of vengeance, was willing to bend. He always knew what he was doing was wrong, but he always thought he was doing it for, in his reason, the right reasons, to get revenge on the death of the one that he loved.
Have you Googled any of the fan art for your character?
I don’t have to Google! A lot of people send it to me on Twitter. I mean, I’m amazed at the amount of talent, and the fact that people spend the time to draw a picture of a character I’m playing. Some of it is really incredible. I wasn’t prepared. for any of that stuff when I came on the show.
Aside from Emma and Hook obviously, who do you ship on your show?
I’d like to see Granny with someone! Maybe Granny and Pinnochio’s dad [Gepetto.] I don’t know what you’d call them. “Gepanny”? Their shipping name, that’s what I’d call them. That’s my ship.
Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) has his work cut out for him in this week’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. First up, he knows his beloved Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is keeping something from him. And now Belle (Emilie de Ravin) seeks the pirate’s help disappearing so Gold (Robert Carlyle) can never find her and their unborn child. All this as the Untold Stories chapter unfolds, the evil Hyde (Sam Witwer) controls Storybrooke and the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) returns. O’Donoghue gave us a tease of this week’s episode.
It sounds like Hook and Belle are hanging out a bit in this episode. What’s going on?
Yeah, Belle and Hook have had a complicated relationship in the past. He has tried to kill her [Laughs] but we saw last season they worked together in the library to find ways to counteract whatever was happening at the time. They’ve buried the hatchet and Belle needs some help now. She doesn’t want to have Gold in her life or her child’s life so she wants to be hidden and there’s no one better than a pirate to hide some treasure.
Given Hook’s rocky history with Gold, he must also enjoy the chance to hurt him.
He’s not upset to get one up on Gold. But that’s not his main reason for helping Belle. He’s trying to make amends for what he’s done to her in the past. He genuinely wants to help her.
Emma is keeping her visions and her trembling hand from Hook, but he knows something’s going on with her, right?
He knows something’s not right. They’re very well connected with each other and I think they can sense when something is off. He wants to get to the bottom of that.
If she’s not going to tell him what’s going on, is he going to try other ways to find out?
Hook will do whatever he can to find out what’s happening with Emma. He’ll try to figure anything he can do to help her,
This season’s theme is untold stories. Does Hook have an untold story of his own that he doesn’t want to see revisited?
He’ll definitely be a part of it. He’s knows some of the people from the Land of Untold Stories and he’ll have a relationship with some of them and maybe some of that might affect his current relationships with the people of Storybrooke.
We’ve seen Hook on the straight and narrow since he’s been with Emma, but how will the return of the Evil Queen back affect his good behavior?
The Evil Queen is definitely the big threat to everyone in Storybrooke this season. She’s going to do whatever she can to get her own way and that will definitely include Hook, but he’s a pretty wily character so he’ll be OK.
When you first heard about this arc of the Untold Stories, what did you think?
I think it’s great. It’s a great opportunity to dive into so many other characters and have such a wealth of different characters that we can use on the show. I thought Jekyll and Hyde were great additions and now we can go anywhere and go into any book and any story and take characters from there. It’s great!
Belle needs help hiding from Mr. Gold in this Sunday’s “Once Upon a Time,” and stepping up to assist her is Hook.
“She asks for help and he says he’ll help her. And there’s nobody better that a pirate to sort of hide treasure,” Colin O’Donoghue, who plays the reformed pirate, told Access Hollywood, previewing his character’s arc in “A Bitter Draught.”
Sunday’s episode sounds jam-packed, with the introduction of another character from the Land of Untold Stories – the Count of Monte Cristo (Craig Horner) – and more from the Evil Queen.
Colin O’Donoghue as Hook and Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan in ‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 6, Episode 2 — ‘A Bitter Draught’
Access Hollywood turned to Colin for more details on it all, and of course, for his thoughts on how Hook may feel when he finally finds out Emma Swan has been having visions of what could be her final fate (visions she’s keeping from him).
But first, we had to ask about the news that Colin’s friend Sean Maguire, who played Robin Hood, is set to return to the show. (Entertainment Weekly reported Sean is back for “multiple episodes.”)
AccessHollywood.com: The news is out that Sean, your buddy, is coming back. Have you guys talked about his return to the show?
Colin O’Donoghue: We have actually talked. Yeah, I’m very excited to have Sean back up with us. … It’ll be fun. … I literally don’t know anything about what’s happening, but I’m very excited that he’ll be here.
Access: Do you guys have any things that you do when you are together on set? I know he sings as well. I was just curious if there are any routines you have when you two get together on the ‘Once Upon a Time’ set?
Colin: (laughs) Like standup routines? Sean is just a bundle of energy so he has us all rolling around the place laughing on set, so it’ll be nice to have him back on set.
Access: The Count of Monte Cristo arrives this episode. [Did they have any] special sandwiches that day at craft services? I’m curious if they made Monte Cristos, because that would be a fun thing to do to welcome Craig [Horner] to the show.
Colin: It would be fun. … I think that they were in such a rush to shoot the episode that they forgot to the sandwiches, which is a shame.
Access: Does Hook get a chance to interact with him this episode, or is that something that might come later?
Colin: Not so much this episode. Hook was sort of on his own on his own kind of journey during this episode, which sort of kept him away from The Count. But again, with the idea of the Land of the Untold Stories and stuff like that, it’s been fantastic that all these characters are able to sort of come into the show now and it’s kind of opened up a whole new world for us, which is great.
Access: This week, you get to stick with one of your core characters, Belle. Obviously she needs your character’s help hiding. I’m [wondering] how far Hook is willing to go to help her hide. Gold is so dangerous … [and is] always getting the upper hand, but no one has a bigger chip on his shoulder against Gold than your character, fair to say.
Colin: Yeah, in this context, Hook is helping Belle because he feels like that is the right thing to do. It’s not for any other reason than the fact that he’s trying to do the right thing and kind of make amends for – I mean, Hook’s been a bit of a jerk to Belle in the past, so I think he’s trying to make amends by helping her. However, it doesn’t hurt that he is sort of getting one up on Gold at the same time.
Access: When you read Episode 1, and you found out that Emma was lying to Hook, what did you think of that from your character’s perspective? I imagine that’s how you look at the scripts – how would Hook feel about this if he knew, right?
Colin: Yeah. … For Hook, I think he would be disappointed that sort of maybe she doesn’t trust him enough to sort of deal with these problems together, but they have a very, very deep connection and he knows obviously something is off with her and he would want to help her in anyway that he could. So that’s sort of where he is at at the minute and he just wants to try and do right by Emma and kind of be the best boyfriend, I guess, that he can be.
Access: Any chance we’ll see you facing off with the Evil Queen any time soon? That’s something I’m expecting at some point.
Colin: Yeah, you’ll definitely see Hook and The Evil Queen go at each other. They obviously have a history and know each other well. The Evil Queen is sort of the big threat to Storybrooke this season, so everybody will have a relationship with her and Hook is no different.
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sunday at 8/7c on ABC.
Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) may be living out his happily ever after with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) in Storybrooke, but now that the Savior is keeping a huge secret from her friends and family, that ever after might be getting a little less happy.
Emma’s unavoidable death — if that Oracle (Jordyn Ashley Olson) is to be believed — is a serious threat hanging over the entire season, and we’re more eager than ever to figure out just who is under that hood.
We asked Colin O’Donoghue to help us speculate who’s under the hood, how Hook and Emma will weather this newest storm and what to expect from his team-up with Belle to hide her from Rumplestiltskin.
How is Hook dealing with Emma keeping this huge secret from him?
Colin O’Donoghue: Hook sort of knows that she’s keeping something from him. They’re pretty close, and they can tell when things are off with each other. He knows that something’s not right, and it’s bugging him a little bit that she won’t share. He’ll definitely confront her about it.
He broached the subject with her very quickly, but Emma, when she’s guarded, can be very guarded. Hook always seems to manage to break her down and break down those walls though.
Is that going to eventually take its toll on their relationship?
Assuming that he finds out, I would think he would be disappointed and slightly annoyed that she doesn’t feel that she could trust him enough to share. But Hook loves her and is willing to do whatever he can to help her and be the best man that he can be for Emma, so I think he would forgive her pretty quickly.
Do you have any theories about who is under the hood?
I haven’t got a clue actually, and I’m dying to find out, but they won’t tell me. Who do you think it is?
I think it might be an existential crisis sort of thing and Emma will kill herself, but that’s a little dark for ‘Once Upon a Time.’
“Once Upon a Time” is pretty dark. I mean, I’ve died three times — four times? We do rip out hearts from living people, so I don’t think that’s terribly dark. That’s a good one.
What can you tell us about Belle and Hook’s storyline coming up?
Hook sort of is willing to help Belle purely just to do the right thing. She wants to get away from Gold and keep Gold out of her life and her unborn child’s life at the minute. She asks for help and Hook wants to help. He knows that he’s not been the nicest to her in the past, and their relationship is good now, so he wants to make sure she’s protected. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s getting a one-up on Rumple as well.
Do you think Hook’s involvement will reignite the rivalry between him and Rumple?
I’m not so sure the rivalry has ever died down. I think Hook is trying to be the hero that everybody thinks that he can be, and he’s really trying to do his best by Emma and by everybody.
Are there any particular Untold Stories characters that you want to tease Hook’s connection to?
We know that we’ll see that he has a relationship with some people, and people know that Captain Nemo is coming in. He might have a history with Nemo, but that’s about all I can say. I think it’s around episode 6, so it’s early enough in the season. All I can say is that [Nemo] knows who Captain Hook is.
Fans love to see the Hook/Charming friendship, so can we look forward to more of that?
Hook is obviously dating his daughter, so you’ll see quite a lot of interaction between the two of them. There will be a more in-depth side of their relationship later on in the season, which is very interesting.
With so many villains in Storybrooke right now, who do you think Hook should be most worried about?
The thing about Hook is that I don’t think he’s ever scared of anyone. Like even when he’s faced Rumplestiltskin, he’s always believed that he would be able to get the upper hand even though Rumple is the darkest of dark. I don’t think he’s terribly worried. He’s probably more worried about his past coming to sort of bite him in the ass.
He also knows that Emma has said she will forgive anything that’s happened in his past because of the man he is now and who she believes he can be. That’s more important than anything.
Here’s the thing, we have the Evil Queen, the Wicked Witch and the darkest of all Dark Ones living in Storybrooke already. I’m pretty certain they’re the worst.
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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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