In an interview with NPR, Woody Allen–whose latest movie, Irrational Man, opened this month to mixed reviews–fielded questions about his relationship with his wife of 20 years, Soon-Yi Previn, and their much-discussed 35-year age gap. He says their romance started off as a “fling” when Soon-Yi was 21, and says their “paternal” dynamic worked to their advantage. “I was paternal,” Allen, 79, told NPR. “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.” In the past, both Allen and Previn have insisted that Allen had never played a fatherly role in Previn’s life–even when he was married to Previn’s adoptive mother, Mia Farrow.
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