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Woody Allen Details “Paternal” Dynamic With Much Younger Wife Soon-Yi.

Director Woody Allen is convinced his marriage to Soon-Yi Previn has stood the test of time because she “responded” well to his “paternal” nature. The filmmaker’s relationship with Previn, who is more than three decades his junior, began in controversy in 1992 as she was the adopted daughter of Allen’s then-girlfriend, actress Mia Farrow.

Allen admits the scandalous start of their romance prompted Previn to turn to him for support, and it was his fatherly nature that brought them closer together. You always hear from people, ‘Well, if you want to have a good relationship you have to work at it.’ But there’s nothing else in your life that you really love and enjoy that you have to work at… The basic attitude of “Annie Hall” is that “love fades.” “I lucked out in my last relationship,” Allen told Sam Fragoso. “I’ve been married now for 20 years, and it’s been good.

It was just a good-luck thing.” Allen seems to contradict the wishes of his wife and the way she’d like to be seen, though it’s hard to say because she hasn’t spoken publicly on the matter nearly as much as Allen or Farrow. In a statement released to Newsweek in 1992, written when she was 21 years old, Previn was pretty adamant that she didn’t want her relationship with Allen characterized by his paternalism. “Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen,” she wrote. “He was never any kind of father figure to me.” Previn later continued, “I’m not a retarded little underage flower who was raped, molested and spoiled by some evil stepfather — not by a long shot.

I admit it’s offbeat, but let’s not get hysterical.” Allen told NPR he didn’t think the relationship would amount to much, which seems almost counter-intuitive, given the scandal that initially surrounded it and continues to follow him. He and Roman Polanski are members of a club that is dubious at best, known as auteurs who have escaped any real consequences for their actions despite being accused of sexual abuse toward underage girls.

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