Judd Apatow Says Young Actresses Should ‘Run’ From Woody Allen

The Knocked Up director says it’s ‘sad’ that young actresses agree to work with Woody Allen

Judd Apatow just called out Woody Allen on Twitter, saying that no young actress should agree to star in his movies.

This came after it was reported that Woody Allen’s new film includes a sexual relationship between an adult man and a 15-year-old girl, which is disturbing considering Allen’s own history with being accused of molesting his daughter and subsequently entering into a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the adoptive daughter of his ex-partner, Mia Farrow. Apatow said on Twitter on Wednesday that it’s sad that Woody Allen is “obsessed” with young actresses and that those actresses don’t run from him.

Apatow has previously called out Woody Allen at least once before: in 2016, he shared an essay from Ronan Farrow, who supports his sister Dylan Farrow’s allegations that she was molested by Allen.

Judd Apatow was once a huge fan of Woody Allen in spite of the allegations against him. In 2010, he told Vulture that Allen is one of his biggest influences.

“I’m such a fan of Woody Allen that I don’t even reference him as someone I was influenced by because it’s just so deep in me,” Apatow said.

But it seems that Apatow’s feelings about Allen evolved over the years as he learned more about the sexual abuse case. On an episode of the podcast WTF in 2010, Apatow said that “Maybe after I read the Mia Farrow book, I got a little creeped out, and my incredible worship and affection got dented.”

Judd Apatow | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

In a 2015 interview, Apatow also said that it’s sad that Dylan Farrow’s allegations against Woody Allen are somewhat ignored; he was asked why this case is ignored while the Bill Cosby one is not, and he said it just has to do with the number of allegations.

“With Woody Allen — you can’t compare all the cases, but the sheer numbers affect it,” Apatow said. “It’s very sad when someone like Dylan comes forward and doesn’t get the level of support she deserves, but it might be easier to try to ignore her than it is to ignore all the women who accused Cosby.”

Apatow has gone much further in his statements on Woody Allen than the majority of his peers in Hollywood. Unlike Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, Allen’s career has not really been impacted by the sexual abuse allegation at all. He continues to make movies with high-profile celebrities that get nominated at the Oscars, with his newest one, Wonder Wheel, stars Kate Winslet. When asked about the allegations against Woody Allen in September,  Winslet defended her decision to work with him.

“Of course one thinks about it,” she told The New York Times. “But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.”

Woody Allen is wearing glasses and a flannel shirt.

Woody Allen | AFP/Getty Images

Kate Winslet was recently asked again about Woody Allen, but this time she declined to answer the question at all.

Judd Apatow previously condemned Harvey Weinstein after the initial New York Times expose about the producer’s history of allegedly paying off women he sexually harassed or assaulted. Apatow said that everyone in Hollywood hears rumors about people behaving inappropriately or even criminally, but the average celebrity can’t do anything about it because they don’t know whether the rumors are true.

“We all hear these rumors,” Apatow said. “‘Oh, he does this, he does that.’ But we didn’t see it. And so it’s hard to say, ‘Let’s go get him!’ Because we’re not a part of it. And it’s unfortunately up to the people that are truly aware of it…Someone was writing those checks. Somebody knew. And those people on the inside, when they’re quiet also, it goes on for decades.”