Mariel Hemingway Reflects On Turning Down Woody Allen At Age 18: He 'Wasn't Going To Be My First Boyfriend'

Mariel Hemingway: What Happened When I Rejected Woody Allen At Age 18

In her new memoir Out Came the Sun, Mariel Hemingway writes of Woody Allen's attempt to whisk her away to Paris after shooting the 1979 film "Manhattan."

The actress was only 18, fresh out of Ketchum, Idaho, and had "never had a boyfriend." She wasn't hoping for her much older co-star to change that, despite his advances.

"He was interested in me, and in my naive, young mind from Idaho, I thought, 'Oh, we can be friends,'" she told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani in an interview on Thursday.

"I was a kid," she continued. "When the realization happened that Woody Allen's not going to be my first boyfriend, and then my parents didn't step up to do the parenting they should've done, I sort of had to do it myself and say 'This just isn't going to work out.'"

In an excerpt from her book published by Fox News, Hemingway writes that in discussing Allen's Paris trip proposal, she told 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.”

The author and speaker is adamant that Allen "never did anything unkind or wrong" to her, but she still felt slighted when he vanished after her declined invitation.

"I just know that when I said, 'I can't go to Paris with you,' he didn't [go to Paris], and he left. He left quite immediately, and that's fine. I got it," she recounted. "I got that maybe he had a fantasy of an affair and it just wasn't going to happen with me. I wasn't that girl. I was too young."

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