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Woody Allen calls his relationship with wife Soon-Yi “paternal”

By WITW Staff on July 30, 2015

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.

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.