Jennifer Grey On ‘Dirty Dancing:’ It’s A Part Of Me [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

Jennifer Grey took husband Clark Gregg and daughter Stella to the 25th Anniversary screening of Dirty Dancing at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre last night (August 21th) in Hollywood.

Before the event, Grey talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the iconic flick.  “It’s a part of me,” Grey said. “This movie is something that is so close to me that I don’t think I could be surprised by it, but it will be really nice to experience it on the big screen with an audience.”

What were her expectactions while shooting?  “We never knew that anyone would ever see it.  When I was cast, I thought I got the lead in this movie because no one’s going to ever see it.

“We basically thought, we’re going to do this labor of love because we want to tell this story because we love dance.” 

Grey looked back on working with co-star Patrick Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer in September 2009.  “He was physically very fearless, he wanted to do his own stunts,” Grey remember. “He was the person that was pushing me to try more, to do more.”

Grey competed on Dancing With The Stars after Swayze passed away, partnering with Derek Hough to win the disco ball trophy.  Though she turned down the offer several times, it wasn’t until after her co-star’s death that Grey had a change of heart.

“I just thought to myself, the only reason I wouldn’t do that is because of pride, fear of humiliating myself or being found out for not being as good of a dancer as everyone thinks I am, and I thought, I don’t want to live like that,” Grey said.