Mariel Hemingway: I told Woody Allen I wouldn't go to Paris with him
Mariel Hemingway and Woody Allen will always have Manhattan. But they won’t have Paris.
In a new memoir, Out Came the Sun, due April 7, Hemingway, who was only 16 years old when she starred as Allen’s much-younger girlfriend in the 1979 romance Manhattan, writes that her director developed a crush and pursued her to take a trip with him to Paris after she turned 18. He flew to her parents’ home in Idaho to visit, and Hemingway was counting on them to put an end to any travel plans for Allen and their teenage daughter. According to an exclusive excerpt on FoxNews.com, she explained to her parents “that I didn’t know what the arrangement was going to be, that I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have my own room. Woody hadn’t said that. He hadn’t even hinted it. But I wanted them to put their foot down. They didn’t. They kept lightly encouraging me.”
An anxious Hemingway then allegedly took matters into her own hands, waking Allen in the middle of the night, asking him whether she was going to get her own room on their trip. When it became clear to her that Allen viewed her as more than just a platonic friend, Hemingway says, she told him, “I can’t go to Paris with you.” Allen left in the morning, Hemingway writes.
Allen was 26 years older than Hemingway, and their characters’ relationship in Manhattan has long been referenced in relation to Allen’s personal life, specifically his controversial affair and subsequent marriage to Mia Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
Hemingway has previously discussed her awkward relationship with Allen, who gave her her first kiss during the filming of Manhattan. “My first real make-out session in my life was with Woody in a hansom cab in front of a camera crew,” she told W Magazine in 2011. “Before the scene, I practiced making out on my arm in front of the mirror. After we had done the scene once, I said to the cinematographer, Gordon Willis, ‘We don’t have to do that again, do we?'”
While Hemingway says Allen seemed inclined to pursue a romantic relationship, she valued his friendship. “In real life, Woody and I didn’t have a romantic relationship, but he did make me feel incredibly intelligent,” she said to W. “He took me to museums and concerts. He gave me his wisdom, and you can see that in the character.”