Dirty dancing was among the highest-grossing films of 1987, with audiences wowed by the undeniable on-screen chemistry shared by actors Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. The pair turned up the heat so much that many people believed they were involved in a sizzling celebrity relationship in real life.
Let’s take a look at what happened when the cameras stopped rolling and see if the off-screen dance duo had the time of their lives.
“No one puts baby in the corner”
In the legendary dance drama, Swayze plays Johnny, an aggressive dance teacher who gives dance lessons to wealthy guests at Kellerman’s, an exclusive summer retreat in the Catskills. Grey’s character is Baby, a young girl from a wealthy family who is desperate to let go and show people, especially her father, who she really is.
The pair are forced together, much to Johnny’s dismay when Baby becomes his dance partner after a series of unfortunate circumstances. As Baby comes to himself and learns to be the partner he’s looking for, the two share one of the greatest on-screen romances of all time.
The flirtatious energy between the pair is undeniable, and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters, especially when Johnny declares, “No one corners baby,” a line that has stood the test of time.
How Swayze and Gray really felt about each other
The dynamic dance duo have never dated in real life. In fact, they didn’t particularly like each other. According to The Things, both actors previously appeared together in the 1984 film Red Dawn.
Swayze seemed to be rubbing Gray the wrong way, taking his character’s eight-week rigorous training far too seriously for her liking. Eventually, the two found it difficult to be together, let alone explore a romantic relationship.
When filming Dirty dancing, Swayze was reportedly becoming increasingly frustrated with Grey’s lack of dance training. He was constantly annoyed at having to reshoot scenes because of her inability. Despite her lack of formal dance instruction, Gray was crowned the Season 11 Winner of 2010 Dancing with the stars
Memories of the 25th anniversary of the film, the Ferris turns blue Star said the excitement she shared with Swayze was “looking way hotter than just love.” she explained
“There was a very complex dynamic between Patrick and I throughout the film. Whatever our problems, we had them, but they weren’t talked about.”
While Gray never had a romantic relationship with Swayze, she did date Johnny Depp and Matthew Broderick. In 2001, she married actor Clark Gregg, best known for his role as Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to People, they divorced in 2020, and the 62-year-old actress kept 100 percent of her earnings and leftovers from Dirty dancing.
Swayze married actor Lisa Niemi in 1975 and they remained together until his untimely death in 2009 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
The tension the couple shared made the film all the more intense
According to Cinema Blend, Gray shared that she was scared of doing the infamous elevator from the final dance scene Dirty dancing. Although she practiced the move and Swayze assured her that he was a reliable partner, she couldn’t shake off the fear.
In an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, Gray admitted she knew her anxiety while filming the scene was driving Swayze and the directors “insane.” She remained anxious up until the time the scene was filmed. After Gray published her memoirs, from the corner She spoke to People about the tension she shared with Swayze during filming dirty dancing, say they are not a “natural game”.
The actor explained, “The fact that we had to be a natural couple created a tension,” and “our compulsion to be together created a kind of synergy or like a friction.” Gray paused and said she wished she would have simply appreciated who Swayze was, rather than wishing he was more like she wanted him to be.
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