Jennifer Grey Looks Back On ‘Dancing with the Stars': Training Was ‘Insanely Difficult and Impossible’ (EXCLUSIVE)
She may not be that far off, according to one of the show’s recent champions.
“It was insane. Look at me — insane,” Jennifer Grey told Celebuzz at Tuesday’s gala screening of her seminal 1980s hit Dirty Dancing, in Hollywood.
“Insanely difficult. As difficult as — it’s impossible.”
Click after the jump to see what else Jennifer said about the experience on the hit dancing show …
Grey continued, “It was hardly a walk in the park. And, I actually thought that I could dance better than I actually could. I had to just swallow it and say, ‘OK, I’m willing to have people think I am better than I am.’ And be disappointed. But I’m willing to do this [show] because I want to do it for myself for fun, you know.”
“I’m sure that was a fantastic boost for me,” Grey added, when asked about her experience on the show.
“But the fact that I was so much older than everyone. After three surgeries. And then ruptured my disk and had surgery afterwards.”
Grey appeared on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars, in fall 2010. She was paired with Derek Hough — and won the show, edging out Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin.
Solo opened up in her new memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, about the DWTS experience and onetime dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly,” Solo, 31, wrote.
“I thought that was just how it went — how dancers worked with each other. But it kept getting worse… One day, Maks was trying to put me in a certain position and hit my stomach so hard with his open palm that I had a red handprint there for the rest of the day.”
Gilles Marini, who will be dancing with Chmerkovskiy’s girlfriend and fellow pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd on the upcoming all-star season of Dancing with the Stars, told Celebuzz over the weekend that Solo should have spoken up if she felt the training was too rough — instead of writing about it in a memoir later.
“I have to tell you one more thing, and that is I love dancing,” Grey told Celebuzz.
“Because Dirty Dancing was so huge, I stopped dancing. And because of Dancing with the Stars, I started again. I’m so glad I did because now, all I want to do is dance until I can’t walk.”
The biggest role of Grey’s career, Dirty Dancing, netted her a Golden Globe nomination and was a smash hit in 1987, when it was released.
Costar Patrick Swayze, who died in 2009 of pancreatic cancer, in iconic fashion, lifted Grey up in a dancing move — the film’s most recognizable scene.
Tuesday’s screening was an emotional experience for Grey — she broke into tears when a journalist asked about her time in the film, on the pink carpet. Some of her aides gave her tissues to wipe her eyes.
Grey’s daughter, Stella, had never seen the film, the actress told Celebuzz at Tuesday’s gala, which was sponsored by Skinny Cow ice cream and candy.
The 11-year-old hasn’t wanted to see the movie, she said. Tuesday’s screening was her first time seeing the movie. Grey wheeled her daughter around the pink carpet for faux ballroom dancing before the movie. (Father is Avengers star Clark Gregg.)
Grey, 52, has been promoting the film’s 25th anniversary for an ice cream company who sponsored the release.
“Certain things are big. Having a child has been the biggest thing in my life — and that’s the most important thing to happen to me,” Grey said Tuesday. “But, I would say in terms of life-changing events, this is right up there.”
What do you think of Jennifer Grey’s words? How much do you love Dirty Dancing?