On why Dirty Dancing continues to resonate with new audiences 25 years later.
"I think that it’s about coming of age. I think it’s about that transition between being a child and being an adult; between being innocent and being a daddy’s girl, and breaking away enough to be able to figure out who you are outside of your family. It’s like turning into a butterfly. You can’t turn back into a caterpillar. When Patrick says, 'Nobody puts Baby in a corner' to my character, he’s saying, 'You can’t go back. You can’t go back to where you were. You have to go forward. You have to stay being your most authentic version of yourself.'"
Patrick Swayze's Widow Opens Up About Her Grief
On commemorating such a significant milestone three years after the passing of her co-star, Patrick Swayze.
"It’s so strange and so sad because I feel like the last one standing. The director [Emile Ardolino] is gone, Jerry Orbach’s gone, Jack Weston’s gone, and now Patrick’s gone. It’s really sad, but to me it just shows you that our time here is brief, and to make the most of it and really enjoy your life. Give yourself pleasure, see your friends, go to the movies. It’s about being happy and giving yourself treats, more than just candy and ice cream treats."
On whether she still dances.
"I started dancing again because of Dancing With the Stars and I hadn’t danced since I was in my 20s, since I was a kid. And I hadn’t danced in public since Dirty Dancing because I was so self-conscious that I wouldn’t be a good dancer. But I realized I don’t have to be a good dancer to enjoy dance. I can just dance, not for the results, but just for the feeling I get, and that is really a powerful thing that I would love to get out to the world, that dance is possible at every age. Dance is the only thing that makes me feel good."
On the 25th anniversary Dirty Dancing tour partnership with Skinny Cow.
"They wanted to do these screenings of Dirty Dancing on the big screen across the country, serve Skinny Cow, and have dance lessons so people can dance in the aisles while they watch it or dance afterward. Also, they found out from a survey that almost no women get to see their friends. It’s just a thing they don’t make time for. I know because I’m fortunate enough to have a daughter and a husband [Stella, 10, with actor Clark Gregg] and this beautiful family life that it had to come out of somewhere. Unfortunately, the people I end up seeing the least are my girlfriends. That would be really treating myself on many levels, the idea of going to the movies and a real movie screen — not watching it on your computer or television at home — having that communal experience, watching Dirty Dancing, eating ice cream and dancing. That just sounds like such a divine construct."
Jennifer Grey Supports Dirty Dancing Remake
On her ideal Sunday.
"I would sleep in and take my dance class that my favorite teacher teaches. I would go to the farmers’ market and get all sorts of fruits and vegetables and flowers. Then I would come home, take a shower, and cook all the food I bought. I’d make spaghetti sauce and clean all my vegetables so everything is ready for the week and then make a really delicious dinner and have my family and some friends come over. I’d have a really cozy, yummy, early dinner and go to bed really early."
For dates and more information about Skinny Cow’s Dirty Dancing 25th Anniversary Tour, check out SkinnyCow.com.