From the first episode of Season 3, Owen seemed like a slightly different man - what changed in him while he was working with Nucky in Atlantic City?
As we've rejoined ‘Boardwalk Empire' this season and skipped the year and a half coming into New Year's 1923, I think over the time we've missed, Owen has remained very faithful to Nucky - certainly in a business sense. He has more responsibility, and people in the world who want to get to Nucky know to go through him. I think that last year, after growing up in Ireland during the war, Atlantic City seemed like child's play. But I think as time passes and we get further into Season 3, Owen starts to think this is a lot more dangerous than it appears to be. He's witnessed Nucky killing his kind-of son, and then in the fourth episode this season, he sees Nucky kill another young kid, almost to prove a point. People's lives are a lot more dispensable than he at first thought.
How did his relationship with Margaret change from their first fling last season?
He's fallen in love with her - it's the only way to explain what he's doing now. Because if he got caught, he knows it would be game over. In the first season, he was chasing her around, kind of trying to f**k her, and thinks that would be fun, like, "Can I get the boss's wife?" When it comes about this season, it's a much bigger decision, and there's even a point where he says, "I don't think this is a good idea." I think it started off as a game to him, but as he's been away from home, I think he's gotten lonely, and they have that old-country bond a little bit.
You mentioned the scene where Nucky kills Rowland Smith to prove to Owen that he's willing to go all the way. Did that impress Owen with the respect for his boss that Nucky wanted him to have?