Jennifer Gray on chemistry with Patrick Swayze


  • Jennifer Gray told Drew Barrymore that her and Patrick Swayze’s body “really loved each other.”
  • She sometimes said that energy “has no meaning in life, but it makes sense between the sheets.”
  • The “Dirty Dancing” star also admitted that she didn’t lift the iconic movie until they filmed it.

On Thursday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Gray reflects on her sometimes controversial relationship with her ex-actor in the iconic romance, the late Patrick Swayze.

“The body has a different story than the mind, right?” Gray told Barrymore. “So, my body and his body really love each other.”

“dirty dance” Tells a love story Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) and dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze). They meet at a resort in the Catskills and become close when Baby steps in to help Johnny win a contest against her parents’ wishes.

“There is meaningless energy in life, but it makes sense between the sheets,” Gray told Barrymore.

She also admitted that she wasn’t the easiest acting partner to work with at times, especially when it came to preparing for Johnny & Baby’s lift at the end of the movie, cementing his place in popular culture history.

“I didn’t do that until the day we shot,” Gray said. “Oh no. I feel like it should have made the producers and Patrick and the director, everyone crazy because I refused. I was so scared, I refused.”

She continued, “I basically couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make myself until the day everyone was watching, and then I had to do it.”

Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze.

Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze attend the “Dirty Dancing” premiere at the Gemini Theater on August 17, 1987 in New York City.

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The actor was open to her Roller coaster relationship with Swayze While promoting her memoir Outside the Corner. Swayze passed away in 2009.

“I feel like if I could say anything to him now, I’d say, ‘I’m so sorry I couldn’t just appreciate and enjoy who I was, instead of wishing you were what I wanted you to be,'” she told people in april.

She shared on “The View” in April that some of the tension was due to their work together on the action movie “Red Dawn” in 1984 and she didn’t like his attitude on set. According to Gray, Swayze was playing “pranks” on her that she didn’t like and was often “late” for work.

“It was like macho and I just couldn’t stand it,” Gray told the hosts. “I was just like, please, this guy, have enough with him.”

But in a screen test for “Dirty Dancing,” Swayze apologized to Gray. She recalls, “He pulled me down the hall and said, ‘I love you, I love you and I’m so sorry. I know you don’t want me to do the movie.'”

And she continued, “And tears flooded his eyes. And my eyes flooded with tears, not for the same reason.” And he said, “We can kill her, and we can kill her if we do that.”

“Out of the Corner” is now available.

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