Boardwalk Empire Season 3 kicked off over the weekend and with it came a change of fortunes for leading character Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi. The first two seasons of the show have been somewhat of a hard luck story for Nucky in the story of love, according to CBS, but with the opening of the third it seems like that might be about to change as he falls for a Broadway chorine Billie Kent played by the actress Meg Chambers Steedle.
Nucky's previous marriage with Margaret Schroeder has gone south, as has his fling with Lucy Danziger, so it could be a case of third time lucky for the main protagonist. He's first seen still with Schroeder, hosting a New Year's Eve bash in 1922; however the stockbroker discards his wife and ends up in the bedroom with his new fling, looking for all the world like he might be in love.
"Billie is really a breath of fresh air for him," Terence Winter, the creator of Boardwalk Empire said. "She represents the whole idea of the youth culture that took over the 1920s - half-bohemian, half-adventurer, and out to have a good time."
"How the writers described Billie to me was, 'The second girl from the left,"' Steedle commented. "She's 'the girl onstage who's not the lead, but the one you can't take your eyes off.' She's fun. She loves the limelight. And she's not where she wants to be: She's moving from the left, trying to get to the center." It looks like she's going to be a prominent figure as the season develops.