Jennifer Gray on Chemistry With Patrick Swayze

  • Jennifer Gray told Drew Barrymore that her body and Patrick Swayze’s body “really liked each other.”
  • She said sometimes energy “doesn’t make sense in life, but it makes sense between the sheets.”
  • The “Dirty Dancing” star also admitted that she didn’t do the film’s iconic lift until they shot it.

On Thursday’s episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Gray reflected on her sometimes contentious relationship with her former costar in the iconic romance film, the late Patrick Swayze.

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

“Dirty Dancing” tells the love story of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Gray) 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 competition against her parents’ wishes.

“There’s an energy where it doesn’t make sense 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 the lift Johnny and Baby do at the end of the film, which has solidified its place in pop culture history.

“I didn’t do it until the day we shot it,” Gray said. “Oh no. I feel like it must have been making the producers and Patrick and the director, everyone, insane because I refused. I was too scared, I refused.”

“I basically just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make myself until the day when all the people were watching and then I had to do it,” she continued.

Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze.

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

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The actor has been open about her rollercoaster relationship with Swayze while promoting her memoir, “Out of the Corner.” Swayze died in 2009.

“I feel like if I could say anything to him now I would say, ‘I’m so sorry that I couldn’t just appreciate and luxuriate in who you were, instead of wishing you were more like what I wanted you to be , ” she told People in April.

She shared on “The View” in April that some of the tension they had was because they worked together on an action movie called “Red Dawn” in 1984 and she didn’t like his attitude on set. According to Gray, Swayze would play “pranks” on her that she didn’t like and was “late” to work often.

“It was just like macho and I just couldn’t take it,” Gray told the cohosts. “I was just like, ‘Please, this guy, enough with him.'”

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

“And he got the tears in his eyes. And I got the tears in my eyes, not for the same reason,” she continued. “And he goes, ‘we could kill it, we could kill it if we did this.'”

“Out of the Corner” is available now.

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