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Jennifer Grey Reveals Secret Behind Famous 'Dirty Dancing' Lift

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 16/10/2015 Cole Delbyck

Sometimes practice makes perfect, and other times, no practice makes history. Just ask "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey. 

Speaking with The Guardian about "Red Oaks," her new series on Amazon Prime, Grey revealed that not only does "Nobody put Baby in the corner," but also that "Baby" never rehearsed the famous lift in her final dance scene. You know the one: Grey is dressed in pink, Kelly Bishop looks on disapprovingly (Haaaay, Emily Gilmore) and Patrick Swayze and Grey have the time of their lives. 

When asked whether she's done the famous "Dirty Dancing" lift, which has since been lovingly recreated by fans and celebs alike, since her Swayze days, Grey revealed this behind-the-scenes scoop. 

"God, no! I only did it on the day I shot it," Grey said. "Never rehearsed it, never done it since. I don’t know how all these people who reenact it have the guts to throw themselves into the arms of anyone other than Patrick Swayze. It’s insane!"

Grey was crowned the victor of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010 and was asked "every day" to perform "the lift," but took a hard pass.

"It’s a non-starter," said Grey. "It happened, enjoy it, watch it over and over again, but never ask me to do it again because I’m too fucking old ... I have a family and I want to live longer [laughs]."

Grey's husband Clark Gregg (that's Agent Phil Coulson to you Marvel fans) visited HuffPost Live to discuss the film "Trust Me" and also shared his views on the iconic scene.

"Yeah, that's all we do, actually. Each morning we wake up and I do the lift. And then I put Baby in the corner," Gregg said sarcastically. "Then she stabs me with Loki's spear and we live out our film moments."

The last time Grey sat down to discuss the movie that catapulted her to stardom was on CNN in 2012, the 25th anniversary of "Dirty Dancing." She discussed the lasting impact the film has had on her life and the legions of fans who still screen it today, and was moved to tears after being reminded of the 1987 premiere. It was emotional for many reasons: Grey was involved in a car crash that took the lives of a mother and daughter six days before the film's premiere. 

"I feel so different,” Grey said. “I'm such a different person now, as it happens with Baby in the movie. And I think that's why people respond so strongly to it."

For more with Grey, head over to The Guardian.  

 

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