Woody Allen on marriage: I WAS PATERNAL, IT WORKED
Acclaimed American filmmmaker Woody Allen (above) has given a rare interview, and made even rarer remarks about his controversial marriage to the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend.
“I’m 35 years older and somehow, by no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked,” he told National Public Radio of his wife Soon-Yi, calling him “paternal” in their marriage. “I began dating her thinking it’d just be a fling,” he said.
“Then we started going out together, then we started living together and we were enjoying it. And the age difference didn’t seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favour,” added Allen, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in December. He further said that he “lucked out” with his third wife.”
I’ve been married now for 20 years, and it’s been good. I think that was probably the odd factor that I’m so much older than the girl I married. I was paternal,” Allen said, adding, “She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift, and I let her take charge of so many things.” Allen was previously in a relationship with American actor and activist Mia Farrow, who starred in 13 of his films. The couple separated when Farrow found out about his affair with Soon-Yi, whom she adopted with ex-husband Andre Previn. Allen married Soon-Yi in 1997.
The famed director also looked back on his life, calling himself “lazy and an imperfectionist”. “Directing is not the end-all, be-all of my life. Another fault is that I don’t have the intellect, depth or a natural gift. The greatness is not in me,” he said.