Woody Allen is still smitten with his wife of 20 years because she’s been “a great companion”.
The filmmaker sparked controversy when he went public with his romance with Soon-Yi Previn, his ex-partner Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter, in the early 1990s. They wed in 1997 and Woody insists he made the right choice to spend the rest of his life with his Korean-born wife, who is 36 years younger than the director.
“One of the great experiences of my life has been my wife,” he tells the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
“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 six-year-old. And she was picked up and put in an orphanage.
“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 got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has travelled all over with me now. She’s very sophisticated and has been to all the great capitals of Europe. She has just become a different person.
“The contributions I’ve made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films.”
Admitting he adores Soon-Yi, who has given him “a wonderful life”, Allen added, “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.”
But she hasn’t changed the filmmaker.
“I might be the same person I was when I was 20,” he told the publication. “I seem to have the same habits, the same work habits, the same phobias, the same enjoyments. I don’t think I have changed much over the years at all.”
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