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Once Upon a Time‘s Captain Hook is due for a makeover during Season 4, presumably keeping the guyliner while shedding some leather.

With the ABC series’ premiere still six weeks away — but on the occasion of the Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD sets hitting stores — TVLine spoke with Colin O’Donoghue about Hook’s adventures to date, what the bad boy buccaneer sees in good Miss Swan and more.

TVLINE | Watching the Season 3 Blu-ray set’s blooper reel, it appears that steering a galleon does not come naturally to you.
[Laughs] It came to me naturally, but I’d been steering it for a few hours at that stage – I wasn’t sure what direction I was supposed to be going!

TVLINE | Were you the star of any other outtakes that didn’t make the cut?
I’m sure there are probably a few choice words [Laughs] that didn’t make it on…

TVLINE | Looking back on Season 3, did you prefer one arc to another, for any reason?
Not really. I was excited when we started last season exploring the Neverland world, and I think we did it justice — it was fun to take someone like Pan and turn him into this creepy, malevolent figure. And the way that Wicked Witch was treated in the second half was brilliant. It was very clever how they put “two seasons” in one.

TVLINE | And you and Jen Morrison had that fun “Back to the Future” episode to close Season 3.
Yeah, that was fun. Jen and I had such a blast in all of those scenes.

At least a few characters in ABC’s Once Upon a Time have found their way from the dark side to the light side. We’ve watched Rumplestiltskin stumble along that path, we’ve seen the Evil Queen Regina become decidedly less evil, and we’ve also watched Captain Hook alter his selfish ways. Played by Colin O’Donoghue, Hook has stepped away from a life of piracy and all the negative activities that come with it and transformed into a better man.

Love played a big part in pushing that development, and we saw it play out last season as he fell for Emma Swan. With Season 3 coming out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, we caught up with O’Donoghue to discuss how Hook changed in Season 3 and where he’ll be in Season 4 – especially in relation to the Frozen characters who are coming to Once Upon a Time.

IGN also has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the Season 3 home video release, as O’Donoghue and Once‘s crew discuss Hook’s changes.

SheKnows spoke exclusively with Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue about what’s coming up for Hook and Emma in Season 4. Check out what he had to say about romance, costume changes and more.

The news from OUAT gets more exciting the closer we get to the show’s fourth season. Last year saw the residents of Storybrooke going on adventures with Peter Pan in Neverland, then heading back home to find themselves with a new enemy: the Wicked Witch.

We already know that the show will be adding characters from Disney’s Frozen, and O’Donoghue promised “all kinds of hijinks and shenanigans” will ensue. With so many new people being added to the show, fans might wonder how the story will work, but O’Donoghue said viewers “won’t be disappointed with how they interact with the characters from Once Upon a Time.”

O’Donoghue also remarked on what it’s been like to shoot the winter scenes in the middle of summer. “Yeah, it’s a strange one because the weather is nice in Vancouver at the moment,” he revealed. “The weather can get pretty wet and cold here in the winter, [but] it’s strange to see snow and ice in the middle of summer.”

As for Hook, O’Donoghue promised at least one big change to come. “Hook will have a change of costume [that] I can tease about,” he said.

Anything on Hook and Emma on Once Upon a Time?
Hook and Emma might’ve ended things on a good note last season, but as we all know by now, nothing’s simple in Storybrooke. Colin O’Donoghue revealed that season 4 picks up right where we left off, which means that “the relationship is still very very complicated and they both have to sort of figure out who they are and how they can make it work if they’re going to make it work,” he said. “Hook is still a pirate at heart even though he very much cares for Emma and really has strong feelings for her, that point being who he is will sort of complicate things. And in the same way, I think with Emma, she’s got her own walls that she needs to break down and figure out if she’s able to feel again and love again. It’s going to be complicated. It’s not going to be plain sailing. Excuse the pun. You know what I mean.” And about Hook’s bad boy side? “You might see a little bit of that,” O’Donoghue teased. “I think people will be happy with his development in this season and they can expect to see a little bit of the pirate back, I think.”

Any scoop on The Knave’s arrival to Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time?
I asked O’Donoghue if he was at all worried about The Knave stealing any of Hook’s “stud thunder” and he didn’t seem too worried. “I think that The Knave and Hook are very different characters. I think Michael [Socha] is fantastic, and I think he’s a great addition to Once Upon a Time. Obviously, in Wonderland he was fantastic. I’m excited to see how he’ll interact with the characters from Once Upon a Time and with Hook.” O’Donoghue added: “Maybe they can have a dual, a stud-thunder duel.”


Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue may not be revisiting Neverland any time soon, but we have a few more details about Hook’s up coming season 4 appearance.

As more and more casting information arrives for NBC’s latest musical, fans of Once Upon a Time will not find their own version of Hook on the list of cast members. Colin O’Donoghue auditioned to bring a very different Hook to the screen for NBC’s Peter Pan: Live. O’Donoghue does dabble in the world of music, however, Christopher Walken’s stint in Hairspray (and other credits) made a more convincing argument in favor of Walken.

Never fear Hook fans, the suave Captain Hook and Storybrooke’s latest resident is not going anywhere. However, when we meet him again this season, he may have a new look to show off for fans.

Edward Kitsis tells E! that Emma and Hook will go on their first official date when the series returns. He says, “If you notice, they haven’t had a proper date. Their dates have been running from time travels and portals and monsters, so they’re going to have a proper date.”

How hard can a date in Storybrooke be to accomplish? Well, it may not be the typical dinner and a movie most people expect. With any luck it will go better than the meal he crashed in New York City at the start of season 3.

As for his wardrobe change, after two seasons wearing the same clothes, Hook updates his look for the transition to gaining his land legs in Storybrooke. O’Donoghue says, “You will recognize me. I can’t go into specifics but it’s an ’80′s shell suit. It’s a nice little number.”


Here are three fun .gif images of Colin with fellow castmates and other celebrity Comic-Con goers at the Entertainment Weekly Social Photo Booth. Click on the image for the full, animated image.

Check out more images from the photo booth on the EW website!

I will be adding high quality photos of Colin at the San Diego Comic-Con International throughout the day. The first batch of photos include Colin with the Once Upon A Time cast in the TV Guide Magazine yacht shoot and the show’s panel. A big thanks to: Kieran, Claudia, Carol, and FarFarAway!

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This post will be edited throughout the day to include more videos featuring Colin at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International! If you have any videos you would like posted here, please tweet links to us! If you took the video yourself, we’d be more than happy to include a link credit.

I have put the videos under a READ MORE due to there being a lot of videos!

I have added 5 high quality images of Colin at the Playboy and A&E “Bates Motel” party at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA on Friday, July 25, thanks to FarFarAway.

Please keep checking back for updates on the Once Upon A Time and TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites panels that Colin will be attending on Saturday, July 26.