35 years after the premiere of Dirty Dancingits protagonist Jennifer Gray he begins to open up about some aspects of his life. The actress, who made her screen debut in the early 1980s, made her big leap to fame with Dirty Dancing, the romantic drama in which she starred with patrick swayzeand that quickly became a classic.
In the film, Gray plays Frances “Baby” Houseman, a 17-year-old teenager who, during a summer vacation, meets Johnny Castle (Swayze), an expert dance teacher and an accomplished lover. Although they belong to two completely different worlds, both will find a meeting point to the rhythm of dirty dancing, the differences that separate them disappear.
Grey, who will soon publish his memoirs out of the corner, recounts how his step from success was to remaining in total anonymity. The title of the book refers to the iconic quote that immortalizes the character of Swayze where he is heard saying: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” (No one puts Baby in the corner).
The actress remembers those days in which the Dirty Dancing fame It had catapulted her to stardom overnight, and from one day to the next, led her to become a completely secondary name in the ranks of Hollywood.
One aspect of Dirty Dancing that had the greatest impact on the screen was the Baby’s magnetic attraction to Johnnysomething that, to the surprise of many, did not translate in the same way off the screen.
Over the years, Gray has spoken quite a bit about the lack of chemistry between her and Swayze during filming. Something that he reflected again in his recent interview with the magazine People.
“The same way that Baby and Johnny weren’t supposed to be together…a natural couple, right? And we weren’t a natural couple. And the fact that we needed to be a natural couple created tension. Because usually when someone is unnatural, you… both people move on, but we were forced to be together. And our obligation to be together created a kind of synergy, or like a friction, “he explains. Gray 62 years old.
Also, the actress remembers that a kind of fantasy had been created around them, so the rest of the world wanted them to be together. Nevertheless, Gray couldn’t be less attracted to her co-star.who was married at the time, while she was in a relationship with Matthew Broderick.
Despite the lack of chemistry between the actors, Dirty Dancing became a hit. In May 1987, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by its theatrical release in August of that same year, grossing over $214 million worldwide. It also became one of the first feature films to sell over a million video copies. Both Gray and Swayze received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, but the biggest recognition went to the film’s theme song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which became a hit until win a Grammy for Best Original Song.
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