June 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM ET
Lindsay Lohan and Woody Allen made headlines in May after the pair was spotted having dinner together in New York, leading to rampant speculation that the actress was working with the filmmaker.
In a new interview, the iconic director explained to Access Hollywood what happened at their dinner and if he wants to work with the star.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to use (Lindsay) in a movie because she’s a very talented girl,” Woody told Access the premiere of his new film, “To Rome With Love,” at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday.
However, Woody explained their dinner was not about a project.
“That was a social dinner, but as I said, she’s a very gifted girl and I would not hesitate if I had something for her,” he continued. “I’d certainly call her.”
When asked if he would be worried about insuring Lindsay on a project, the filmmaker said not at all.
“That would not concern me, no. I mean, if there was some reason that I couldn’t, that would be a different story, some legal reason, but it would not concern me personally, no,” Woody continued. “I think that she’d be just fine and she’d do a great job.”
“We wanted to ask her to do something,” he told Access. “I needed, you know, a classy woman ... it was a small role. It would have been within her capacity to handle it and we thought of her.”
“I’m a world traveler. I never was, but since I’m married,” he explained. “My wife calls the shots and she likes to travel.”
But would Woody ever go West Coast?
“I love to come out here for a few days. It’s fun, I have friends here, (but) I could never live here though because I don’t like sunshine and I don’t like being dependent on automobiles,” he said. “It’s a very nice place to visit, but I couldn’t live here because it’s not my style.”
“To Rome With Love,” with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni and Penelope Cruz, hits theaters on June 22.