ONCE UPON A TIME: Colin O’Donoghue and Edward Kitsis on the Appeal of Hook
February 10, 2013 by Marisa Roffman
ONCE UPON A TIME has introduced a whole batch of new characters since the show premiered in 2011, but few have prompted quite the reaction that Colin O’Donoghue’s Hook has.
“I’ve been on Twitter a lot and I knew they teased the character [at Comic-Con],” Donoghue told reporters on the Vancouver set late last year. “So that was a thing I was very aware of when my first episode was coming out, because obviously I knew there was an expectation there. I hope the fans aren’t disappointed with Hook and the way he’s been portrayed.”
Of course, in the months since he’s debuted, he has heard some of the opinions from viewers thanks to social media.
“We’re up here working and my family and friends are all up in Ireland, and you go, OK, you do the work,” he said. “On Twitter, it’s a bit strange, because some of the stuff people say…I’m very proud of the fact that the fans [of my character] are called Hookers. I think that’s great. But none of that is real. You have to get on to doing your job and staying alive, so it’s funny. I’ve had some strange things requested!”
And he’s not the only one hearing that feedback. When I spoke with ONCE UPON A TIME co-creator Edward Kitsis last month, he told me he’s been blown away by the reaction to Hook, too.
“I will tell you, from the moment Colin auditioned, and I was home and watching it, [it was clear,]” Kitsis said. “My wife never watches auditions with me, and I’m seeing it, staring at it like I’m transfixed, and I hear this, ‘You better f—ing hire him.’ And I turn around and it’s my wife. I’ve never seen a reaction to anybody like I’ve seen with Colin. Like, it’s crazy. Network executives, I have a lot of female executives and they’re like, ‘Is Hook in this one?’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ And they’re like, ‘Can Hook be here?’ [My reply is] ‘This scene is just Henry alone on a slide.’ [And they joke] ‘That’s all right: Hook likes playgrounds!’ Colin has just done an unbelievable job and the character is so much fun.”
ONCE UPON A TIME airs Sundays at 8 PM on ABC.
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