Zap2it met with the actress — who’s life was literally saved by joining the series — at the casting announcement to talk about how the training for her seminal film role might not help her in the competition.
“I wasn’t a dancer learning to play Baby Houseman,” says Grey. “I was Baby Houseman learning to play a dancer. I was someone who’d never done any Latin dance. I’d taken jazz classes and ballet growing up in New York, so I had dance in me, and I knew I loved it, but I’d never done a dance audition.”
Grey’s first dance audition was for “Dirty Dancing,” and it doesn’t sound very technical. “I just kind of moved around and shook it, and that was how I got it,” she says. “I was playing someone who didn’t know what she was doing, so it was great.”
She maintains that she hasn’t retained any of the moves she once shared with Patrick Swayze, but when grilled during the announcement about the possibility of recreating her iconic “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” scene this season, she seemed interested.
Her and everyone else.
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