Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

Woody Allen opens up about Much-Younger Wife Soon-Yi: ”I provided her withEnormous Opportunities’: I’ve Made Her Life Better

With 'Cafe Society' set to open the Cannes film festival, the director Interview for Hollywood Reporter "(Which He Won't Read)"

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Woody Allen says his marriage to wife Soon-Yi Previn has been one of the greatest experiences of his life. He says he was “immune” to the criticism of his affair with adopted daughter after their relationship became public in the 1990s.  He tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I never, ever, ever read anything about myself. I was immune, yes I was. You can see I worked right through that, undiminished.”

The Café Society director was still actress Mia Farrow’s partner when he began a relationship with her adopted daughter. Farrow and Allen had been a couple for over a decade when she discovered the affair. Soon-Yi now 45, and Aleen, 80, wed in 1997. The couple shares two daughters Manzie and Bechet.

“We’ve been married 20 years. And we were together for a few years before that. And she has given me the great years of my life, personally, ” Allen, 80, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “She’s a great companion and a great wife. She has given me a stable and wonderful home life and great companionship. I guess whenever you meet somebody and they’re the right person for you, there is a great emotional contribution they make to your life.”



Woody Allen plays John Turturro's pimp in 'Fading Gigolo' Photo credit Capital Pictures

“She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea”, he continued, “She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage, ” The dirceyor says of watching Previn grow up. “And so I’ve been able to really make her life better. I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them.”

Allen says that he helped his wife get a college and make friends. “She’s very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person. So the contributions I’ve made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films.”

He says Previn has “given me a lot of pleasure, ” and they’ve shared “a wonderful life.”

What is his relationship with 71-years Farrow? Allen says “I don’t think she lives in New York. I think she lives in Connecticut. I’m not sure. Or travels for UNICEF or something.” Indid, Farrow lives in Connecticut and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

It is well known that Allen isn’t on good terms with the children Moses Farrow, 37, Dylan Farrow, 30, and Ronan Farrow, 28. Two years ago Dylan claimed that Allen molested her as a child. Allen denied Dylan’s claims. He was accusing Farrow of manipulating his adopted daughter into believing the abuse actually occurred.

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