Once Upon A Time Q&A: Colin O'Donoghue On Hook's Backstory & Sporting A Ponytail
Colin O'Donoghue as Killian Jones and Captain Hook in 'Once Upon a Time' -- ABC
He wasn't always a one-handed, leather-wearing pirate, and on Sunday night's "Once Upon a Time," fans will set sail on a journey into Captain Hook's past.
Irish actor Colin O'Donoghue, who plays the sexy swashbuckler on ABC's fairytale drama, said it was fun to see another, more moralistic side of his character -- one who sported bangs (or "fringe," as Colin calls it) and a military jacket.
Some of that strong moral compass that was part of Hook's earlier life as Killian Jones has started to come back to the character. At the start of the season, Hook took the Charming family (and Regina) to Neverland where they continue to try and rescue Henry from Peter Pan's clutches. Actions like these have also helped him grow closer to Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) as well, and the two finally share a kiss in this week's episode.
On Friday morning, Colin dished on the Hook-Emma kiss, David's (Josh Dallas) dream shade troubles, and which side of his character he has more in common with. And somehow, talk also turned to grunge rock and flannel.
AccessHollywood.com: We're getting a kiss between Hook and Emma this week. Is all as it seems in the previews?
Colin O'Donoghue: In what way? If you mean that it's a kiss, then yeah. It's all as it seems. The kiss... it's sort of a spur of the moment thing. ... They've had a connection for a while -- Hook and Emma -- but at the end of the day, everybody is in Neverland trying to save Henry, so that's sort of the most important thing on everybody's mind. But... they kiss. Who knows where that will go or what will happen.
Access: Especially with Neal being in Neverland.
Colin: Well, that's the thing. There's a history there with Hook and Neal, obviously, that spans hundreds of years and at the moment, Hook and Emma sort of believe that Neal is dead, so it doesn't come from a place of spite.
Access: In other previews, you've got your hair combed forward... you have a blue jacket on... What are we going to get with the younger Hook?
Colin: You get to see a completely different side of Killian Jones. He's a naval officer and he believes in right and wrong and has sort of a very strict moral code and stuff, so you see a completely different character. It was great to be able to get to play almost two completely different people in the one episode. I think it'll be an interesting take. I think people will sort of begin to understand a little bit more as to why Hook is the way that he is and maybe in some way feel for him. And definitely, in this episode, a small bit of Killian comes back into Hook, I think.
Access: Does that mean we'll see something that will make us realize why he made the turn to the dark side... and started wearing leather?
Colin: He goes shopping for leather pants, that's what happened. No, you do see something that sort of informs who he is now and I can't really tell you what that is because then it would ruin the whole episode, but you do see it and why he becomes a pirate and why he is the way he is now -- part of it.
Access: But we won't see shopping though, just to clarify (laughs)?