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'Boardwalk Empire' is back, with Kelly Macdonald at the forefront

September 24, 2011 | 10:00 am


“Boardwalk Empire” -- with its shady backroom politics, gangster showdowns and whorehouse rendezvous -- returns to HBO for its second season this Sunday. And there are more than a few cliffhangers blowing in the Prohibition-era Atlantic City wind. 

Will Jimmy take Nucky down? Will Angela will reunite with her lesbian lover? And what will Agent Van Alden do about Lucy’s unplanned baby? We do know one thing, however: Irish immigrant-turned-grande-dame Margaret Schroeder will kick some serious butt this season. 

How do we know? She told us so. Or rather Kelly Macdonald, who plays her, did.

We recently met up with Macdonald at Gemma, a restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where she opened up about working with director Martin Scorsese, her acting debut in "Trainspotting" and her steep and twisting character arc in "Boardwalk Empire." 

Mcdonald says,"From the pilot, I thought I knew who she was and kind of based everything around that. And then I had to change."

Read our full profile of Kelly Macdonald here.


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Photo: Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: Abbot Genser / HBO