Zap2it: This season, your character, Elam Ferguson — a former slave now working for the Union Pacific, building the Transcontinental Railroad — has reunited with his love, former Indian captive and prostitute Eva (Robin McLeavy), who may or may not be carrying his baby. What’s it been like to play that?
Common: It’s a strong [relationship], and it’s a conflicted one. It’s one that outside circumstances can affect; it’s one that inner demons can affect. Obviously she was pregnant at the end of last season, so coming into this season and seeing when the baby arrives — those things are part of his arc and challenges. It’s really just building that home that he wants, just to have a home and live a happy life.
Zap2it: It seems that whatever fate or the railroad throws their way, they just can’t quit each other. Why is that?
Common: They can’t. It’s love. It’s like a real relationship. At some point, they’re like, ‘Can we just get this together?’ But life is like that. You just do your best. At the end of the day, both individuals grow through that process. You learn from each other.
Zap2it: How do you like working with Robin McLeavy?
Common: Oh, she is amazing. She is one of the greatest talents that I ever worked with. She’s so committed, so open, so talented and beautiful. I love working with her.
Zap2it: How does she like working with the tattoo that her character’s captors left on her chin?
Common: She embraces it, and she lives it. She lives it.