Jennifer Gray says she and Patrick Swayze were like “oil and water.”

Jennifer Gray has opened up about her on-set relationship with her late husband Dirty dancing co-star Patrick Swayze.

Swayze starred in the 1987 romantic drama as a dance teacher in a 1963 resort town, while Gray plays a visitor who falls in love with him.

The actors first met on the set of the 1984 action thriller Red Dawn.

In conversation with The guard, Gray said: “Patrick was a really good guy and really took care of me. He was always there for me and I would have done anything for him…but we were also a bit oil and water.”

According to Grey, the “sizzling” of their relationship strengthened the characters’ on-screen relationship.

“The difference was nice because it created a kind of static,” she said. “There’s a push and pull. We both tried to assert ourselves.”

Swayze died of pancreatic cancer on September 14, 2009.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gray also describes filming the famous scene in which Swayze lifts her over his head in a dance pose.

“Until that moment, I had never done it,” she said. “They had three cameras rolling and we only did it once. It was ridiculous because I couldn’t rehearse it. I couldn’t bring myself to do it and I hated myself for not trying.

“There was also something very emotional about it. You can see it on my face: I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I friggin’ did it!’” Jennifer Gray says she and Patrick Swayze were like “oil and water.”


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