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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.
Now that the Land of Untold Stories has been unleashed on Storybrooke, everyone’s pasts will be coming back to haunt them on Once Upon a Time — and that’s especially prevalent for Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) as he grapples with trying to be a hero this season.
During Sunday’s episode, Hook will take a step a step in a heroic direction by protecting Belle (Emilie de Ravin) from Rumple (Robert Carlyle), even if he has his own motives for doing so. Little does Hook know, however, that there’s an even greater threat roaming Storybrooke who may be responsible for Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) demise. How will Hook feel when he finds out about the prophecy? EW turned to O’Donoghue to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start off with Sunday’s episode. Belle will be turning to Hook for help in hiding from Rumple. What can you tease?
COLIN O’DONOGHUE: She obviously wants to shield Rumple from being in her life or her unborn child’s life, and who better to hide something than a pirate, you know what I mean? He helps her escape and hide, but I can’t tell you where yet.
Does Hook still desire to kill Rumple?
That’s a very complicated and complex relationship. We haven’t really explored it so far this season, but I think deep down that will always be there. It’s been a part of Hook for hundreds of years, so I think it’s whether or not he decides to act on it or how he would go about doing that. In a way, even trying to hide Belle — even though he’s doing it for the right reasons, he’s doing it to help her — there’s a slight little one-upmanship going on there with Rumple and trying to get one over on him. But this season, Rumple, or Mr. Gold, he’s particularly dark. He’s as dark as probably any Dark One can get. So I guess maybe it will always be in the background.
Hook already suspects that Emma is hiding something from him — will that only intensify in the coming episode?
Yeah, she hasn’t told him the truth about her hand, and she hasn’t said anything about the vision that she had. Hook knows her so well that he can tell something is not right. The one thing that they’ve always had in their relationship is honesty — at times, they’ve even been brutally honest with each other. In hiding things from each other, they can tell when something is not right, so it will definitely play a big part in the coming episodes.
How do you think that’s going to start to affect their relationship, especially when he does find out about the prophecy?
Obviously I’d imagine that he wouldn’t be too happy that she’s been keeping something from him, something that is such a big thing. He probably just hasn’t been able to know her and be able to help her in whatever way she needs. I think he would probably find that as some sort of betrayal. I mean he loves her, so he’ll be annoyed I would think, but he’d probably forgive her.
What lengths do you think he will go to, as well as her family, to try and prevent her death?
He’d sacrifice himself for her if he had to. When he has to help her or if she ever needs anything from him, I mean, you saw even with getting her to kill him to go to the Underworld, he saved everybody, he’s willing to die for her. So he’d go to the ends of the Earth.
We are going to learn much more about Hook’s past this season. What can you tease in that regard?
We see a little bit, I think it’s episode 6 or something and there’s quite a bit we see in Hook’s past. We might learn a little bit more about his family, his father’s side of the family that Hook didn’t know about. We learn a little bit more about that and see some of the characters that he’s encountered in his past. We get to see a bit more of Hook’s past and I was delighted to get to do that.
How is he struggling this year with trying to be a hero?
I think he’s accepted it, that that’s who he is at the minute. He’s not really struggling that much at the minute with the idea of being that, because he’s enjoying being a part of Emma’s life and trying to make a life with her. Now that he’s found love again, he’s happy to go back to being an honorable person. Obviously, there’s so many things that he’s done in his past that are bound to bubble up and affect his relationship with others in Storybrooke. At the minute, he’s enjoying being a part of Emma’s life.
There’s a lot of people coming in from the Land of Untold Stories. What connections will Hook have to these people?
Yeah, you definitely see that in this upcoming hour, not in this episode, but the one that I was just talking about with Hook’s backstory. We’ll meet a couple of characters there who Hook had encountered in his past and they managed to find a way to the Land of Untold Stories. They come back and haunt him a little bit and, in some ways, affect his relationships with some of the people that he’s very, very close with. He has to find a way to deal with that and put his past in the past.
What kind of dynamic does he have with Captain Nemo?
He definitely knows Captain Nemo and he has spent time with him. I think he has a healthy respect, if you want to call it that, for Nemo and we’ll get to see a little bit of their relationship and how they’ve interacted with each other.
How does Hook feel about the Evil Queen being alive? What threat does she pose to him in particular?
The problem with the Evil Queen is she’s the real threat to everybody this season, because she doesn’t have any of the restrictions that Regina would have had, even though she was evil. The Evil Queen is now pure evil. Hook doesn’t particularly like her, because she wants to basically kill everybody, so he will try to stop that and try to find a way to get rid of the Evil Queen.
There’s trouble in paradise on Once Upon a Time for Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) now that Emma is keeping a major secret from her love.
In last Sunday’s season premiere, Emma began getting visions of her own death and found out at the end of the episode they are visions of the future and there’s nothing she can do to stop her death from coming. That sounds like something you should tell your boyfriend who you just went to the underworld to save, right? Apparently, that’s not how this is going to go down.
TVGuide.com caught up with O’Donoghue to talk about how Hook feels about the secret, this juncture in the “Captain Swan” relationship and what else is in store for Storybrooke’s swashbuckling hero.
Emma is keeping this huge secret from Hook. Does he believe her when she says everything is fine or is he suspicious at all?
Colin O’Donoghue: Oh he doesn’t believe her. He definitely knows that something is not right. We saw in the premiere episode that she’s quite short with him and says to go and she’s never like that with Hook. They’re honest with each other. I think he knows something is up and he’ll try and figure out a way to get that out of her and find out what that is.
How long is it going to take him to confront her about it?
O’Donoghue: [Laughs] Not too long! We see that he’ll approach it and see what’s going on with her. I think if he does find out the truth that she’s hiding something … he’ll be mad with her but he loves her so he’ll do whatever he can to help her, you know?
Well, is he going to confront her directly about it or is he going to come up with a long-term game plan to softly approach her about it? Or will he figure it out on his own?
O’Donoghue: He’s able to confront her about it. He’s never been shy about confronting [her] and saying “I know you’re holding something from me and you need to tell me what it is.” I think he has no problem doing that.
And how well is that going to go?
O’Donoghue: [Laughs] Well, I guess you’ll have to watch to find out! But look, they love each other and they don’t really want to have any secrets. They’ve said that in the past. Emma has said whatever Hook has done in his past life she’s willing to let that go because of who he is now, and he knows that she knows all of these terrible secrets about him so they really don’t keep things from each other anymore. That’s why it’s so strange why he would not tell him the truth on this.
Would you say he feels betrayed or do you think there’s a part that understands or thinks “there has to be a good reason why she’s keeping this from me?”
O’Donoghue: I think it depends. … If he found out he might feel a bit betrayed, but that’s if he finds out.
Assuming that he finds out eventually, how would he react to the truth?
O’Donoghue: I think he would be disappointed that she didn’t feel confident enough in him to trust him with the knowledge of her visions or whatever.
And they’ve gone back and forth a lot over the years. Do you think he also sees this is as a step backwards, like a regression almost? Last year she said “I love you” to him.
O’Donoghue: He knows that she loves him and that they have a good relationship, but I think … maybe not a step back. I just think he would be disappointed she wouldn’t trust him enough to tell him and figure out a way to combat it together as opposed to her dealing with all that on her own.
If you were their couples counselor what would you recommend they do to get over their communication issues?
O’Donoghue: I don’t think I can say that [laughs]. I would say that they need to be more honest and open with each other and trust that the other person has their back.
On Sunday’s episode Hook is going to help Belle hide from Mr. Gold. How is that going to work out? This is the second time Hook has come between Gold and and the woman he loves.
O’Donoghue: In this situation Hook helps Belle because she wants help. She doesn’t want to have Gold in her life anymore and at the moment she doesn’t want Gold in their son’s life. … Hook is helping her because that’s the right thing to do in that moment. The fact that it’s getting one up on Rumple doesn’t hurt as well. But he’s happy to help her and wants to do whatever he can sort of make amends for how he treated her in the past. So we get to see a little bit of that. And also, she wants to be hidden and who better to hide anything than a pirate?
So he doesn’t have any ulterior motives, like he actually wants to help Belle?
O’Donoghue: He wants to help her, yeah. Hook now is trying to be the best person that he can be and be the hero that everybody agrees that he can be. That’s why he’s helping her.
Captain Nemo is showing up later this season, and we know he has some sort of history with Hook. What can you tease about that?
O’Donoghue: I can’t tease a huge amount other than exactly what you just said. But he does show up, and you see he has a past [with Hook]. I’m pretty certain when it was announced that Captain Nemo was going to be [in this season] that everybody would assume he had some sort of past with Hook. It’s fascinating. And Faran Tahir, who played Nemo, is just phenomenal. So it was great to get to play with him, but it’s a really interesting story and it’s a really good take on Nemo and the whole Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea world. And yeah, it was very, very exciting to do that.
Can you describe Hook’s reaction to seeing him at least?
O’Donoghue: Surprised, I guess? [chuckles] That’s about all you’re going to get!
Alright, Oncers — listen carefully! Remember in the past when we’ve advised you to keep an inhaler by your side before you read one of our Captain Swan-themed articles? This is one of those breath-taking times.
We just got off the phone with Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue and asked him everything your Hook-loving hearts have wanted to know about season six. What’s up with Killian’s past? Where is Hook currently living? Is he so excited that his BFF, Sean Maguire, is going to be returning as Robin Hood?
We’ve got all of those answers (plus many more!) jam-packed into the article below and we’re challenging you to see how many times you can re-read his responses before this Sunday’s all-new episode.
Oh! And did we mention we asked O’Donoghue to plan Emma and Killian’s ultimate proposal? Enjoy…
ET: What was your reaction when you found out that Emma would, once again, be hiding her secrets from Killian?
Colin O’Donoghue: Yeah, it was a bit mean of her not to tell him what’s going on, but I think for Hook, he’ll do whatever he can to help Emma and he believes that they have a relationship where they can be honest and open with each other. I think that he knows that something is not right, and that she’s hiding something and, at this point, there’s something that she won’t share.
How long are we going to have to wait until Killian really finds out what’s going on?
I think that he’ll approach the subject with her pretty much straight away. I mean, he’s not shy with approaching her and tackling things, so I think that he’ll say something pretty soon.
We have seen Killian go to hell and back — literally! — in season five. What’s next for him in season six?
He’s trying to be the best person that he can be, and be the hero that everyone believes that he can be. He also wants to be the best man for Emma, so whatever he can to do to prove to her that he’s worthy of her love, that’s where he is at the start of this season. You’ll see him in this next episode where he helps Belle and he’s doing it simply because he wants to just help. He wants to try and make amends for some of his past actions, with Belle and just in general. He knows that he has done wrong by people and he wants to make amends for all that.
We got a little bit deeper into Killian’s past last season and learned even more about his brother, Liam. Will we be diving even deeper into what makes Killian tick this year?
Yeah, we’ll definitely see a little bit more of Hook’s past. I can’t really talk about it just at the minute, but we’ll see some of the relationships that he had in his past, and sort of a little bit more about his whole family life. I mean, Hook is hundreds of years old, so there’s a lot of stuff to get through, but it’s always fun to play old Hook and sort of explore what he was like hundreds of years ago. We’ll definitely see more of his past.
We’ve always seen a really fun and interesting dynamic between old Hook and the original Evil Queen. With The Evil Queen coming back into the picture, are we going to see any fun scenes between her and Hook?
Yeah, you’ll definitely see some scenes with Hook and The Evil Queen. I mean, Hook definitely is a different person now then he was back then. I don’t even know what kind of a relationship he and The Evil Queen had back then! [Laughs] But he’s a different man now, and I think he definitely wants to try and figure out a way of stopping The Evil Queen from achieving whatever she’s trying to achieve. She’s now The Evil Queen without any of Regina in her — that part that would’ve maybe questioned things in the past. Now she’s just pure evil. She’s the Mr. Hyde of that relationship.
One of your best friends, Sean Maguire — who we’ve missed desperately as Robin Hood — is coming back to the show for a bit. What was your reaction when you found out that Robin isn’t completely gone for good?
Wait. Who said best friends? I never said that. Did he say that? [Laughs] No, I’m very excited. It’s great to have him back up. I literally know nothing abut the context of the story, or how that’s going to work, but it’ll l just be great to have Sean back for a little while. He’s just a great guy, but don’t tell him I said that. It’ll be fun, we’ll have fun times.
Are we going to be seeing where Killian will be living this year? He’s kind of been all over the place — he was on the Jolly Roger, he was in Granny’s, etc. Has he officially moved in with Emma yet?
He hasn’t officially moved in at this point where we are, but he picked out the house, so he really should be there. I’m not even sure in the next episode on Sunday exactly where he lives. I don’t know if he’s on the Jolly Roger, or if he’s at Granny’s, or where he is. I think he’s just kind of floating around at the minute. Hopefully, soon he will find a place to live. Hopefully.
Hopefully with Emma because, you’re right, I totally forgot that he picked out her house!
Yeah, he’s got good taste!
Alright, Colin, when I caught up with you [at Comic Con] I asked if season six is going to be the year that either Killian or Emma pop the question to the other. How would you plan their perfect proposal?
[Laughs] I wouldn’t have a clue! Maybe some rum on the Jolly Roger? A candlelit dinner with grilled cheese and French fries, and a nice vintage rum, and I guess that would probably be it.
Do you think it would be Emma or Hook doing the proposing?
I don’t know if he would be the one to pop the question or not. That’s a pretty big step. I think that they’re navigating having a relationship in a town where they’ve got so many evil people trying to kill everybody! [Laughs] I don’t know if they have time, really, to think about popping the question.
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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