This is refreshing: a member of the Farrow family is in the news and it’s not related to the Woody Allen child molestation accusation saga. Ronan Farrow, 26-year-old prodigy and son of Mia and maybe Frank Sinatra, is the host of a new MSNBC talk show, which debuts on Monday. The former Rhodes Scholar, who has logged time at both the United Nations and the Obama administration, will host “Ronan Farrow Daily,” airing at 1 p.m. EST. Last night Ronan hit up “The Daily Show” to discuss his unconventional life story: college at 11, working for the UN at 16, and Yale Law at 18. He’s a little bit more awkward and dorky than I would have thought, but that will add to his charm on his new show, I think? The cable news landscape (not you, Rachel Maddow!) needs all the help it can get, so I for one see smarty-pants Ronan as the freshest breath of air. [The Daily Show]
“You know, I wasn’t there, so I don’t have a lot more to offer than you. Of course, it is a distraction … But I take it in stride. Look, we all have, you know, our family histories to bear … so … You know, that story has been out there for years. It was somewhat surprising to see it break in such a huge way of late. I’m fairly … I mean, I appreciate how hilarious it is. I mean, it’s a ridiculous situation. That said, I’m pretty unfazed by it in substance, because it’s been out there both publicly and privately for so long. You know, I have a relationship that I’m very happy with, you know, with all parties involved. For me, the imperative is ‘all right, we’ve talked about it, I get a kick out of it, everyone gets a kick out of it. Let’s move onto the substance,’ — which is one reason I’m so excited to be rolling out [his new show on MSBNC]. … Look, I grew up in a family with ten adopted siblings, so you know, if anything, I consider it an insult to them to obsess too much over the question of genetic provenance.”
Here’s soon-to-be-MSNBC host Ronan Farrow‘s game response to a tenacious reporter from New York magazine looking for a scoop straight from the horse’s mouth. To great hullaballoo, Ronan’s mother Mia Farrow recently told Vanity Fair that it is possible that Frank Sinatra is her son’s biological father instead of Woody Allen. (Ronan responded by tweeting, “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” ) I give Ronan credit for having a sense of humor about his sperm donor and also his attitude about the unimportance of “genetic provenance.” That reminds me of something I wrote back when the tabloids (and, um, her mom) were trying to make Khloe Kardashian’s biological parentage a thing: family is family. Obsessing over who is the “real” sister or “real” father is actually kind of offensive. Kudos to Ronan for agreeing. [NYMag.com] [Image via Getty]
Call Jerry Springer! Or, you know, whichever A+ list Hollywood bigwig deals with such things. Mia Farrow has confessed that her hunky, brilliant son Ronan Farrow, thought to be the son of estranged husband/general asshole Woody Allen, miiight actually be Frank Sinatra’s kid. Whoa. Keep reading »
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Moving on from America’s favorite Canadian male lesbian can’t be easy, but you’ve got to hand it to Selena Gomez: the girl knows full well that the only way to go is up. Golden-boy good looks and a genius IQ tend to be mutually exclusive (in our experience, at least), but throw some Hollywood royalty lineage into the mix and it’s game over … which is why we’ve held Rhodes scholar and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ronan Farrow close to our hearts for, like, pretty much ever. The biological son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow was accepted to Yale Law School after graduating college at age 15 and since then has served as a senior foreign policy official in the White House under Obama, founded the State Department Office of Global Youth Issues, and worked for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a special adviser during the Arab Spring, among many, many other achievements and credentials to his name. This year, Forbes Magazine ranked him number one on their “30 Under 30″ most influential people list for Law and Policy. (Of course, you would have already known this if, like me, you treat the Forbes list like it’s the personals page.) Did we mention he’s only 25? To which we say: find your own damn boyfriend, Selena, this one is ours. Take heed.
Just in case you are unclear about the sordid back story, Ronan Farrow is the 24-year-old biological son (who was accepted to Yale Law at 15) of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Woody famously left Mia for their adopted daughter — and Ronan’s adopted sister — Soon-Yi. I particularly like the fact that Mia retweeted Ronan joke with a simple “Boom.” [Hyper Vocal]