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SciFi Magazine June 2014 - Colin O’Donoghue

“He is different than any other Hook,” says Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. “It’s a fantastic thing to be able to get to play such an iconic character and be able to do it in a way where I can put my own spin on it. That was one of the things I thought about when I was coming into it. I was a bit worried about whether or not people would respond to this Hook, or whether they would be like, ‘He’s not like the Hook that we grew up with so we don’t accept him’. But people have taken Hook to heart a little bit, which is good.”

Indeed, O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook, like many of the other characters in Once Upon a Time, has been reimagined. In the fractured fairy tale series he’s a younger, swashbuckling rogue from Peter Pan who has far more shades of gray than the Hook’s we’ve seen in the past.

And now that he’s over his quest for vengeance against Rumeplstiltskin, he’s more than a little taken with Jennifer Morrison’s Emma as they go off on their latest adventure involving the Wicked Witch.

While Hook as gone through a big evolution on Once Upon a Time, from being a young pirate captain named Killian Jones to the sometime villainous, sometimes heroic Captain Hook, O’Donoghue wasn’t so sure he was right for Hook initially.

At his audition, “My first thought was, ‘Well, I’m not old enough to play Captain Hook’. Obviously everybody had that traditional idea of Captain Hook in their minds. Then there’s an opportunity to put my own spin on it, and obviously [creators] Eddie [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] wanted to go for a slightly younger Captain Hook. I thought it was a nice way to put a slant on the guy, try and make him slightly more lovable than outwardly evil, which is how he’s always been portrayed before. He’s just sort of a nasty bad guy in everything else, whereas in this, I wanted people to feel bad for liking him,” says O’Donoghue.

And like him we do, perhaps because he reminds us of another pirate.

“To be honest with you, when we were working on the swordfights and stuff, his style of swordfighting is kind of Errol Flynn-ish. I wanted to bring in a bit of that old swashbuckling myth back into Hook. There’s a little bit of the Dread Pirate Roberts in there as well. He’s a mixture of all the famous swashbucklers,” he says.

“When I first started, obviously he was far more out for himself. I use the term ‘evil’ very loosely. I don’t think he was necessarily evil. I think he was a product of his circumstances. He used whatever he could use for his own gains to try to get his revenge. He was willing to step over anybody to do that. I don’t think it was necessarily that he’s an evil person. You saw in Episode 4 of Season 2 when he first comes in, he falls in love with Rumpelstiltskin’s wife. She chooses to leave Rumpelstiltskin to be with him. It’s not like he stole her away from Rumpelstiltskin. She made a decision that she wanted to leave Rumpelstiltskin and go be with him. But he was in love with her. He always has it in his heart to be able to love. With Emma and Hook, they’re kind of similar. They both are looking after number one for a long time. They were both very lonely. They’re kind of kindred spirits,” says O’Donoghue.

“Hook definitely has feelings for Emma. He sort of said it towards the end of the first part of this season. He admits in the cave that he believes that he can possibly begin to love again with Emma. He’s not lying there. I think he definitely believes there could be a chance of redeeming himself or trying to find love again, and it’s all because of her,” he says.

However, playing an iconic villain and swashbuckling his way on a pirate ship through the various adventures on Once Upon a Time has had it’s challenges.

Most notably, that hook presents a problem when it comes to “not being able to use my left hand. It sounds like a ridiculous thing, but when you’re climbing up a beanstalk that’s 50 feet in the air and you have to do it one handed, it’s a bit of a pain. Other than that, he’s more fun t oplay than challenging. I get the opportunity to do whatever I want with this character, say whatever I want. He’s so full of innuendo and one-liners. You can play whatever way you want with him. I’ve been very lucky because he interacts with the good guys and he interacts with the bad guys. There’s a bit of both in him. I get to play the full gamut, really,” he says.

According to executive producer and co-creator Edward Kitsis, “Captain Hook is always an evolving character. For most of his life, he was hell-bent on revenge. Now that he’s put that to bed, we know that he really has got a thing for Emma…We’re going to see a couple different Captain Hooks. We’re going to see a Captain Hook when he thought he would never see Emma again and he returns to his swashbuckling ways, and then we’re going to see a Captain Hook in the future who has to work with the heroes once again for his own personal safety.”

O’Donoghue credits Kitsis and Horowitz with the vision to take Captain Hook and all the characters on Once Upon a Time far beyond their literary inspirations. “It’s something they do really well, take these stories that we all know and have grown up with and put a slant on them or twist, and turn them into something else. I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how they can come up with half the things they come up with. But I guess that’s why I’m an actor and not a writer,” he says.

“That’s a difficult thing to do with so many beloved characters, to try and give people a new vision of what these character are like in this world of Once Upon a Time. Hats off to Eddie and Adam and all the writers to be able to do that so successfully that people are willing to accept that Snow White and Prince Charming can exist in the same world as Rumpelstiltskin,” says O’Donoghue.

- interview and images here

(Source: boyfriendhook, via onceuponamirror)


He needs to protect her from him

'For the first time in forever, 
I finally understand,
For the first time in forever,
We can fix this hand in hand’

(requested by Sabs)
(warning: drawing this kind of stuff while watching ‘Frozen’ is a very bad idea - can’t compute emotions anymore)

(via colinodonorgasm)

When Ariel appealed to Hook’s understanding of true love, I wanted to scream at her that this wasn’t the right negotiating path; Hook just lost the woman he’d hoped could be his true love, and he sees no value in that concept anymore.

Being a hero—believing in love—has never led to anything good for him. Being a pirate is a well-worn path for him; it’s how he deals with the emptiness that has always come from losing love (Liam, Milah, and now Emma). The Jolly Roger is his, and he has nothing else. Emma was his light after 300 years of darkness, and without her, the darkness took hold again.

Everybody lost the day Emma and Henry were separated from them—heroes, villains, and pirates alike. So for Hook, the hero’s path wasn’t one of value anymore. He chose the only path he still thought he understood: the pirate’s path. - (x)

(Source: fairestregal, via onceuponamirror)


Can we talk about the character development here for a second???

These two have tried to kill each other in the past, and now they are sitting in Regina’s kitchen, having a heart to heart, where they both find common ground and admit where things were right and wrong.  This wasn’t just some false getting along for everyone else’s sake, this was real fucking emotional stuff happening between them.

But the best part is the apples.  Snow is sitting next to a basket of apples, a presumably apple pie, and even holding an apple in her hands!  She never once looks at them as a threat.  In fact, she is playing with the apple in her hands as if it is comforting to her.  And this is all happening in Regina’s kitchen, three feet away from Regina!  Snow no longer feels threatened by her.  She feels comfortable bringing up really touchy topics and holding apples because she knows Regina won’t harm her even is she is still rightfully upset with her.

A lot of things annoy me in this show, but the massive development between them that has taken place from season one is not one of those things.  I only wish we got to see more of these interactions.

(via colinodonorgasm)


New icon and I’m not even sorry.


You go girl.


Walsh is very passionate about his assignment as backup singer.


Idea from: my-broken-resolve
Immediately thereby requested by: Geekalogian
Putting Zelena’s face to the song: allons-youwish
And stkaley also did a comic on the same subject

(via ask-ooc-robinhood)

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