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Farrow returns to face The Omen
By Manoush Zomorodi
BBC News

Mia Farrow (left) with Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Farrow stars with Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Damien) in The Omen

Actress Mia Farrow, who took a break from film-making to raise her 14 children, has made a comeback, with three movies coming out this year.

The first is an update of horror classic The Omen, in which Farrow plays a nanny who dotes on her charge Damien, the devil incarnate.

Mia Farrow shot to stardom 38 years ago when she played the lead role in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, a horror film about a woman who discovers her pregnancy is part of a satanic ritual.

But Farrow says that Rosemary's Baby was not on her mind when Irish director John Moore asked her to play the evil Mrs Baylock in The Omen.

Mixed feelings

"John Moore called me up and gave me some really compelling reasons for re-making The Omen, which I recall as being a very scary and good movie.

And then I said 'Why me?', remembering the great Billie Whitelaw and how she played this role. John said that she was great but he wanted it to be more subtle," Farrow says.

In addition to The Omen, the actress will soon appear in romantic comedy Fast Track and director Luc Besson's latest film, Arthur and the Minimoys.

Mia Farrow
Farrow can spend more time filming now her children are grown up

Farrow seems to have mixed feelings about spending more time on movie sets and less time in her Connecticut farmhouse.

"As of next September, there will only be one child living at home. Everybody is all grown up, so I can take the time to do things that are interesting to me.

"It's been challenging, it's been fun, it's been rewarding, but they are growing up now so I have more time," she says.

Farrow's decision to spend most of the last decade caring for her children and taking only a few small film and television parts, stands in stark contrast to the life her ex-partner Woody Allen has chosen.

The couple split 14 years ago when a scandal erupted involving Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, one of Farrow's many adopted children.

Now in his seventies, Allen continues to make a film every year without fail. He and Previn married in 1997 and have two adopted daughters.

Woody Allen
Woody Allen was Farrow's partner for over a decade

Last year on US programme The Insider, Farrow described Allen as difficult.

"He was my boyfriend, but also my boss. He was very particular about what he ate and how things looked. He was not a man that wanted to share everything.

"He didn't want to share a bathroom, for example. We built him a bathroom in this house in the country and it was 'Woody's bathroom.'

"We wanted to please him and it wasn't so easy. In the end, maybe he's not someone who can be pleased," she said.

Farrow must now introduce herself to a generation of movie-goers who are perhaps familiar with her personal life but not her acting.

Charity work

"I guess the new audience, my kids' generation, are astute moviegoers. I hope they like all three of these films," says the actress.

Farrow is also keen to stress that despite the fact that she is acting again, she will carry on working as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef.

She suffered from polio as a child and now campaigns to fight the disease in developing nations, including Sudan.

She sees The Omen not only as entertainment but as a lesson on human nature and even international affairs.

"I think the underlying message of The Omen is the same as Rosemary's Baby, in a sense the duality of human nature is that we are capable of great goodness and altruism.

"We have to look no further than the Darfur region of Sudan to see the other aspect of human nature, capable of terrible things."

The worldwide release of The Omen is on 6 June.

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