Now that a man who openly said that he would date his daughter is the presumptive Republican nominee, let us discuss a man who is married to his. Woody Allen is back in the news in anticipation of his annual movie release. As part of the press, Allen talked with The Hollywood Reporter about his new movie, Soon-Yi, and his latest muse, Miley Cyrus.
Cyrus is starring alongside Allen and Elaine May in his upcoming Amazon series, which he describes as "a domestic comedy that takes place in the late 1960s."
Cyrus first caught Allen's eye when his daughters (his daughter-daughters, not his wife-daughter) were watching Hannah Montana, and he immediately saw her spark. He told The Hollywood Reporter:
I noticed years ago that my kids would be watching Hannah Montana. And I would say: "Who is that girl? She's got such a good delivery. You know, she snaps those lines off so well. The show is a silly little show, but she's very good at what she does." And then she emerged as a singer, and someone showed me a little clip of hers from Saturday Night Live, and I said, "It confirms what I always thought about her: She is very good, she is really a talented girl." She wanted to take some time off, but she [agreed to do the series] because the role interested her. So I met her right here.
While that might seem quite innocent, there's something creepy about Allen sitting with his daughter-daughters and wife-daughter, fantasizing about Miley Cyrus's potential.
That, however, was not the weirdest part of the interview. That honor goes to part in which he elaborated on his still-paternal relationship with his wife-daughter, and how she was some sort of Pygmalion-y project for him:
How has your wife, Soon-Yi, changed you?
Oh, well, one of the great experiences of my life has been my wife. 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. And so 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 children and got a college degree and went to graduate school, and she has traveled 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. So the contributions I've made to her life have given me more pleasure than all my films.
Here's hoping Miley isn't playing Soon-Yi in the "domestic comedy." That would be too much like the star of Allen's past two movies, Emma Stone.