Why do I say he’s lucky? Well, he could have inherited father Woody’s looks, but instead he strongly takes after mother Farrow.
In addition, his original first name was Satchel, but when his parents parted ways, that was dropped in favor of second name Ronan, an improvement (what is it with these celebrities and their penchant for giving their kids strange monikers?)
But his achievements are only partly luck (having a good brain); they’re mostly a combination of luck plus a lot of hard work: he’s a prodigy who graduated from college at 15 and Yale Law School at 21 and has done quite a bit in the short years since, and has just been named a Rhodes Scholar. Yes, he seems to be politically liberal (no surprise there), but his work has been mainly in the field of human rights in the third world and especially the plight of children in Africa.
So, who does Ronan take after? Neither parent was much of a scholar, although he’s clearly following in his mother’s footsteps in his interest in Africa and children. But it’s father Allen who was a prodigy of sorts, although not the same sort as Ronan. Did you know (I didn’t) that Woody Allen was already a professional joke writer, making more money than his own parents combined, when he was still in high school? And that by the age of 19, a college dropout, he was writing scripts for such well-known TV personalities as Ed Sullivan Show and Sid Caesar, who paid him the princely salary (this was in 1954, remember) of $1500 a week?
Ronan even seems to possess the moral compass that his father lacks. Here’s the son on the subject of the union of his father with Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow’s adopted daughter and Ronan’s half-sister:
He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I cannot see him. I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent… I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.”
Despite Ronan’s lifelong access to money and fame, it could not have been easy when his parents split up when he was five years old and fought a highly visible and bitter custody battle over him. I say “when his parents split up,” because they never divorced—because they had never married, although they’d had a relationship for twelve years, and one biological and two adopted children. I wouldn’t have placed much money then on the chances of Satchel/Ronan turning out this well.