Mia Farrow is tired of talking about her former partner, Woody Allen.
“I reached a place many years ago where I just don’t care about him,” the 73-year-old actress and activist tells Elle. Farrow and Allen began dating in 1979, but their romance came to an end in 1992 after she discovered explicit photos Allen had taken of her college-age adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. On her time with Allen, Farrow admits “it’s not all white or black,” she says, continuing, “Otherwise you’d ask yourself what on earth you’re doing with that person for 10 minutes, let alone for 10 years.”
Shortly after their separation, Farrow’s adopted daughter Dylan accused Allen of sexual abuse, which he has steadfastly denied over the years.
In 2014, Dylan penned an open letter detailing the alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Allen. Farrow and Allen’s biological son, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow broke the story on Harvey Weinstein’s years of sexual assault and publicly supported his sister in The Hollywood Reporter, claiming, “I believe my sister.” Their mother says both of her children went public with their stories without consulting her first.
“Both of them wrote their pieces without telling me. Because for me, it’s the sleeping dog that you don’t want to rouse. But I also understand and deeply respect when my daughter decided she needed to do this,” Farrow says.
In response, seven of her adopted children released a statement in support of Allen, claiming, “None of us ever witnessed anything other than compassionate treatment in our home.”
But for Ronan who is careful to separate his career from his personal life, he sees how his mother was treated long before #MeToo.
“She was in the crosshairs of that at a time when a certain echelon of a powerful man in Hollywood with the right team of publicists really held all the cards,” he tells Elle. “In retrospect I see the parallels to some of the systems that I’ve reported on.”