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This Week’s Most Noteworthy Performance by an Actor

March 9 – 14
Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon A Time)

Colin O’Donoghue’s stole countless scenes this week as Hook, starting from referring to himself as a “scoundrel” to complaining about bologna, but the raw and immaculate sincerity he exposed through his facial expressions while trying to convince Emma to trust him are certainly most noteworthy. The pain, persistence, and honesty in his voice compliment the man’s words exceptionally, and the delivery of the line “trust your gut Swan, it will tell you what to do” is most certainly one of the many moments worthy of commendation. These instances are what ultimately show Hook as a hero he is – it’s the relentless fight to make sure the woman he loves knows she’ll always have him as her person because he’s prioritized her happiness. What Hook’s doing in this scene is trying to help her make the right choice without overstepping his boundaries and as an audience, one could feel him breaking throughout the episode as the guilt of taking her away from this good life was eating him alive. He didn’t want to destroy her happiness, but he knows that because this wasn’t real, he’s trying to give her the kind he knows she’ll adore more and that’s with her loved ones. While Hook’s words are undoubtedly heartwarming, it’s O’Donoghue’s superb acting that make the scenes as impeccable and believable.

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