She was the star of the original 1987 film “Dirty Dancing” opposite the late Patrick Swayze. Today, actress Jennifer Grey has confirmed that she will not be participating in ABC’s upcoming three-hour telemovie remake of the property.
Speaking about her comedy series “Red Oaks” which airs on Amazon, Grey revealed she was offered a role in the network’s forthcoming project but turned it down:
“I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me. It feels like if you’re going to do your own thing, do your own thing. I wouldn’t say [what role] but I will tell you, it wasn’t Baby!”
Abigail Breslin takes on the role of Baby in the 1960s-set romantic drama about a young sheltered woman who falls in love with her dance instructor during a summer vacation in the Catskills in New York. Grey has nothing but good thing to say though to those participating in the new take:
“I am always interested in any iteration of something where they feel there’s more to be gotten and I would love to see what it is that they come up with. Tommy Kail [Hamilton] directed it and I’m obsessed with Hamilton, so that’s thrilling to me. I think they’ve got wonderful actors in it. I’m going to be watching it and I’m excited. My only advice is to own it for yourself because we all just do our interpretation and I’m only flattered and excited for people who are excited enough to put their stamp on it and see what they make of it and how they make it their own.”
ABC has yet to schedule a premiere date for the project which boasts a script by Jessica Sharzer and music by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom.