It’s been 35 years since Jennifer Grey and the now late Patrick Swayze dazzled us as, respectively, Frances "Baby" Houseman and Johnny Castle in the 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing. Now, two years since a sequel was officially announced, Jennifer has revealed a few details about the upcoming production.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Jennifer confirmed that the film is in the works. "It was lightning in a bottle, it's like this thing happened, and it's so beautiful, and I can't explain it," she said about the sequel. "No one can explain it. We're working on this sequel, I'm working on it with Lionsgate and working on the script. We've been working on it for a couple of years. And I know in my heart, I would love to give fans or a young, new audience an experience that would never replicate that, but has the same kind of underpinnings."
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She went on to dissect the different world order that the production has to contend with. "Today people think that their identity is limited, the world has told them what it is," she said. "But there are certain people who can see other parts of you. Dirty Dancing was a fairy tale, a successful movie and formula, using dance as a metaphor for embodying your energy and getting out of your head, and your limiting belief systems."
Although the 62-year-old actor is set to reprise her iconic role, no details have yet been revealed regarding who will star opposite her (Patrick unfortunately passed of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57 in 2009, before a sequel was ever even discussed).
In the interview, Jennifer got candid about a slew of other topics as well, including the renownedly tense relationship between her and Patrick on set.
"The same way Baby and Johnny were not supposed to be together...a natural match, right? We weren't a natural match [either]," she said. "And the fact that we needed to be a natural match created tension. Because normally [...] both people move on but we were forced to be together. And our being forced to be together created a kind of a synergy, or like a friction. I actually just had a thought about Patrick. 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 me wishing you were more like what I wanted you to be'.'"
As for Jennifer’s other love interests, the actor had kind words to say about ex-boyfriend Matthew Broderick ("I was really in love with him. [...] He was just this genius, smart, funny, cute.") and Johnny Depp, whom she dated after Matthew ("There was some heat. It was a f-cking bonfire.").
In addition to her current work on the Dirty Dancing sequel, Jennifer is gearing up for the release of her memoir Out of the Corner—a reference to a still-quoted line from Dirty Dancing (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”)—set to drop on May 3.
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Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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