Woody Allen credits wife Soon-Yi Previn for ‘calming’ him down and ‘changing’ him

Woody Allen attending the world premiere of 'Crisis in Six Scenes' at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. Featuring: Woody Allen Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 15 Sep 2016 Credit: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

Woody Allen has credited wife Soon-Yi Previn for “calming” him down following their 1997 marriage.

The director’s relationship with 49-year-old Previn has been anything but simple, considering she was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow – Allen’s former partner.

However, in an interview with Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper, Allen paid tribute to his other half for helping him to get over some of his neuroses.


“I have calmed down since I got married,” he explained. “I’ve got rid of many of my more neurotic traits, although I still won’t go through tunnels and I don’t like small spaces or elevators.”

Following their marriage, Allen and Previn adopted two daughters, Bechet and Manzie, who are now 21 and 20, respectively. And as well as having “a lot of fun” with his wife, the Annie Hall veteran admitted he loves being a dad.

“Soon-Yi doesn’t really like jazz or sports, and I don’t like some of the TV shows she watches,” the 84-year-old continued. “But we agree on the big stuff – raising kids, where to live, how to act with each other.

“We adopted two children together. Being a father was important to me. We had a lot of fun. Both the girls are in college now, one in California and one at art college in New York. Soon-Yi changed me. She gets me to go out four or five times a week. She likes the social rumble and I enjoy it, too.”

Allen added that while his relationship with Previn “didn’t make sense” when it began, it worked for some “inexplicable reason”.

The director also touched upon the allegations made by his daughter Dylan Farrow, who has claimed that he sexually abused her as a child – claims he has repeatedly denied.

“Of course, I am aware I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot let it bother me,” he said. “I live my life. I work. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don’t look up and I don’t read anything. It was a false allegation but a great tabloid drama.”