Woody Allen talks about falling for his ‘step-daughter’ and claims their relationship works because he is “paternal”

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn

Woody Allen has opened up about falling for his ‘step-daughter’ Soon-Yi Previn.

The controversial director, started seeing Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter after dating her mother and the the pair have now been together for 23 years after tying the knot in 1997.

In a rare interview with NPR’s film critic Sam Fragoso, the 79-year-old star has talked about how he thought it would only be a “fling” when they first got physical.

He went on to fall in love with her and claims the 35 year age gap between them seemed to work in their favour.

Allen said: “I started the relationship with her and I thought it would just be a fling. It wouldn’t be serious, but it had a life of its own. And I never thought it would be anything more. Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it.

Woody Allen walks in Venice with his wife Soon-Yi Previn

“She enjoyed being introduced to many, many things that I knew from experience, and I enjoyed showing her those things.”

Talking about why they’ve stayed together for so long, Allen said: “I’m 35 years older, and somehow, through no fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked.

“I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal.

“I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished.

“It was just a good luck thing.”

GettyMia Farrow (R) and daughter Dylan Farrow (L)
Mia Farrow and daughter Dylan Farrow

Despite his comments about the relationship working because he is “paternal”, Previn, 44, previously spoke to Time magazine and claimed it was laughable to think she ever considered him as her “father or stepfather”.

Meanwhile, Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow continues to accuse him of molesting her when she was just seven-years-old.

She claims the director abused her in an attic at the home of her mother Mia – who was Allen’s partner at the time.

In the new interview, Allen responded again to the claim, which he vehemently denies, simply saying: “It has no meaning in the way I make movies.”


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