"Allen V. Farrow" Premiered Last Night — Here Are 23 Things We Learned From The First Episode
"For the longest time, I've been trying to set the record straight. Because no matter what you think you know, it's just the tip of the iceberg."
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Last night, HBO Max premiered the first episode of Allen v. Farrow — a docuseries about the alleged assault that happened between Woody Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow:
Going into the series, the only thing I really knew about these events was that Woody Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his then-partner, Mia Farrow.
However, this docuseries reveals the dark underbelly of Woody's relationship with his adopted daughter, Dylan, and how it affected her growing up and their family as a whole. Here's everything we learned:
1. This is Mia Farrow's first time publicly speaking about Woody Allen in decades:
2. Mia believes that one of the reasons it's been so hard for people to believe allegations against Woody Allen is because he's so loved in the film community due to the vulnerability he's known for showing on screen:
3. Mia said that it was actually Michael Caine who introduced her to Woody Allen:
4. Mia talked about the early days of her and Woody Allen's relationship — she lived on one side of Central Park with her seven children, and he lived on the other side of Central Park:
5. Moses — Mia's adopted son from Korea — particularly took a liking to Woody:
6. When Mia expressed the desire to conceive another child, she said that Woody would do it, but he didn't want to be "responsible" for the child. When they couldn't conceive, Mia turned to adoption, to which Woody responded: "Well, I might be more kindly disposed if it was a little blonde girl."
7. From early on, people noticed the "intensity" Woody Allen had for Dylan:
8. Mia later became pregnant, and Woody was "disappointed" when he found out that they would be having a boy and not a girl.
9. Dylan recounted being taken away from Mia "even when [she] didn't want to" leave the room. Dylan also remembered Woody instilling the idea that Mia was "more Ronan's parent" and he was more of her parent:
10. Dylan and Ronan — who're only two years apart — were very close growing up. The two both said they were practically "inseparable":
11. Mia and Dylan both remember that, eventually, Woody would only want to see Dylan and none of the other kids:
12. "I was always in his clutches," Dylan realized. "He was always hunting me."
13. Around this time, Dylan would routinely ask family friend Priscilla Gilman — who was dating Mia's son, Matthew Previn, at the time — to hide her from Woody Allen or insist that she and Ronan keep playing so she didn't have to leave and go with Woody:
14. Dylan shared one of the earliest memories of her alleged abuse at the hands of Woody Allen:
I have memories of getting into bed with him. He was in his underwear, and I'm in my underwear, cuddling. I remember his breath on me. He would just wrap his body around me — very intimately.