The headline on the latest in-depth interview with Woody Allen calls it one “he won’t read.” That’s because Allen has, by his own admission, gone to great lengths to inoculate himself against knowing what the world thinks of him.That inoculation means that, according to the director, he never really engaged in any of the commentary around his well-publicized marriage to Soon-Yi Previn—the adopted daughter of his then-partner Mia Farrow. Speaking with , Allen says the scandal around his marriage didn’t touch him at all. “You can see I worked right through that, undiminished.I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them. The show is a silly little show, but she's very good at what she does.” And then she emerged as a singer, and someone showed me a little clip of hers from , and I said, “It confirms what I always thought about her: She is very good, she is really a talented girl.” She wanted to take some time off, but she [agreed to do the series] because the role interested her.She's educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now. Mia Farrow with children and grandchildren, photographed at Frog Hollow, in Connecticut.Their love began under inauspicious circumstances, as a secret affair during Allen’s 12-year relationship with Mia Farrow.The couple’s 35-year age difference—Previn was college-aged when she started dating Allen, who was in his late 50s—might have seemed merely quirky, not sinister, had Previn not been Farrow’s adopted daughter.Woody Allen has long faced criticism regarding his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, 44, who was the adopted daughter of his former flame Mia Farrow.The 79-year-old filmmaker has rarely spoken about his relationship with Previn, who became his third wife when they tied the knot in 1997. Allen shared, "Relationships are the most difficult thing people deal with." WATCH: 12 Celebrity Couples Who Can't Ever Get Divorced or We Will Lose All Faith in Love "They deal with loneliness, meeting people, sustaining relationships. 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. It was just a good-luck thing." NEWS: Is Woody Allen Returning To Stand-Up?
She had a very, very difficult upbringing in Korea: She was an orphan on the streets, living out of trash cans and starving as a 6-year-old. And so I've been able to really make her life better.I provided her with enormous opportunities, and she has sparked to them.She's educated herself and has tons of friends and children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled all over with me now.She's very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. So the contributions I've made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films. Or travels for UNICEF or something.”Allen says he draws the most enjoyment in life out of his work, which, according to him, involves “charming men” and “beautiful women.” Allen has become known for his fascination with certain young film stars, going from a Scarlett Johansson phase ( I noticed years ago that my kids would be watching Hannah Montana. Standing siblings, from left: Fletcher Previn, Minh Farrow, Isaiah Farrow, Matthew Previn, Thaddeus Farrow, and Quincy Farrow.This description of Soon-Yi as something of a protégé dovetails with Allen’s 2015 interview with NPR, where he siad he “was paternal” and that his wife “responded to someone paternal.” Allen explains the appeal: “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. I scrupulously have avoided any self-preoccupation.” An odd statement for someone whose peppered his entire filmography with filmic versions of himself. With Matthew are his two daughters, Catherine and Lucy.Some of the best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).