Jennifer Grey reveals the truth about her relationship with Patrick Swayze in ‘Dirty Dancing’

Despite being released more than thirty years ago, millions of people still adore Dirty Dancing as a classic. When it was originally released in 1987, neither the directors nor the actors could have anticipated the cultural influence it would have.

Aside from the amazing storyline, the main actors were mostly responsible for Dirty Dancing’s enormous success. We are happy that Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were chosen for the legendary parts that ultimately helped them establish their reputations in the movie industry, even if we couldn’t picture anybody else playing Johnny and Baby.

Initially, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sharon Stone tried out for the role of Baby, while Val Kilmer was reportedly offered the part of Johnny Castle.

Many people believed Johnny and Baby were real people off screen because of their genuine chemistry.

Grey provided fans with an intimate glimpse into her relationship with her co-star in her most recent book, Out of the Corner.

Grey and Swayze collaborated on the movie Red Dawn before to working together on Dirty Dancing. She didn’t enjoy his pranks back then. “Patrick would constantly play practical jokes on myself and other people. I couldn’t handle it, even though it was all in good humor. “I can’t take this man anymore,” she recalled thinking, as she spoke on The View.

Grey wasn’t thrilled about playing with him when fate brought them back together, but after their screen test, everything changed. Swayze apologized for his actions since he knew how she felt about him. Grey remembered, “He said, looking into my eyes, ‘I love you, I love you, and I’m truly sorry.'”

They occasionally disagreed while filming, but because they were such pros, they were able to set everything aside and come to a compromise.


In her book, Grey said, “After thinking about it, I wish I had accepted him for who he truly was, instead of trying to transform him into someone else.”

Speaking of Swayze’s acting, Grey complimented him on his skill and said that he was really helpful, particularly during the difficult dancing routines. She described him as strong, fiercely protective, and incredibly committed to his work. Grey kept coming back to him, drawn in by his lovely skin and inviting scent.

“He was fearless and a great dancer,” Grey said in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It was like having two opposites in a marriage—his fearlessness and my fearfulness.”


Despite having a $6 million budget, Dirty Dancing made $214 million, and the studio desired a sequel. It was also what the fans want, but Patrick Swayze’s reluctance to accept a follow-up offer—in addition to the $6 million that would have gone toward it—was the only thing preventing a second movie.

Grey’s return as Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing 2 has recently been announced, and attempts are being made to include as many members of the original cast as possible. The summer of 2025 would probably be the releasing date.

Rather than recasting Johnny Castle, the creative team intends to use Swayze’s role in Dirty Dancing 2.

“Patrick can never be replaced by anybody.” He was quite unique. Grey stated, “We will always be appreciative of his memories and work to create something fresh and unique from them.

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