Woody Allen, come ON. Can you at least make some attempt at not sounding like a creepy old man?
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Allen discusses his still-icky marriage to wife Soon-Yi Previn as being “one of greatest experiences of his life,” which sounds sweet until he goes on to talk about how he “is able to make her life better.” Ugh. Here are some excerpts, via People:
“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.”
“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 she was picked up and put in an orphanage,” Allen 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 Previn get a college and graduate degree, as well as make friends.
“She’s very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person,” he explains. “So the contributions I’ve made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films.”
In return, he says Previn – with whom Allen shares two daughters (Manzie and Bechet) – has “given me a lot of pleasure,” noting, that they’ve shared “a wonderful life.”
If you remember, Allen was still dating Mia Farrow when he began a relationship with Previn, her adopted daughter. Farrow and Allen had been a couple for over a decade when the actress discovered the affair. Previn, now 45, and the director wed in 1997. Ah, what a great love story.
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