Nobody puts Jennifer Gray in the corner.
The Dirty Dancing star looked back on her relationship with Matthew Broderick before she was cast in the 1987 film and revealed that her ex-boyfriend didn’t exactly believe in her.
62-year-old Gray wrote in her new memoir Out of the Corner that the night before her audition in 1986, her then-boyfriend said he didn’t think she would get the coveted role of Frances “Baby” Houseman.
“He said this weird thing, like he was trying to calm himself down, like he wasn’t aware he was using his ‘loud voice,'” Gray wrote, recalling him saying, “‘I don’t know what I’m worried about make . There’s no way you’re going to get it. I’m sure they all watch for this part.’”
Gray also wrote that her “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” co-star didn’t want to hang out with her at a nightclub the day before her audition. But she explained that she begged and begged him to come with her to the club, which was playing ’50s and ’60s music, and he reluctantly agreed.
Broderick and Gray began a “secret on-set romance” and had a “secret date” in 1985 while filming the John Hughes teen comedy, in which they played fighting siblings.
“I was as surprised as anyone when our relationship morphed from an on-screen sibling rivalry to an illicit off-screen romance,” she wrote in her memoir, noting that he was in a relationship with someone else at the time .
After “Ferris Bueller” wrapped filming, Gray revealed that she wanted to end their secret romance.
“I realized I was in love with Matthew and told him I couldn’t see him anymore,” she said. Instead of ending their affair, the Producers star “broke up with his ‘close family friend’ immediately and we were together.”
The ex-couple were briefly engaged in 1988, but their relationship was revealed in August 1987 when they were both involved in a tragic car accident in Northern Ireland that killed two people.
“Matthew just felt like my type [and] he felt right at home,” added the Red Dawn star, but she also described how he had frequent mood swings. “He was a 24-year-old who could easily slip into the role of a cranky old man when it suited him,” she wrote.
Elsewhere in her book, she confessed that her split from Broderick inspired Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.”
Madonna, 63, threw Gray at a party for her 29th birthday in March 1989, and she wrote that the “Vogue” crooner told her at the party that their relationship influenced the catchy girl power song.
“She played it to me in her car. I was in my cabin with Johnny [Depp] and she said, “Get in my car,” Gray said. “And I got in her Mercedes, where she had a really good sound system, and she said, ‘Listen to this song I just made. It is about you.'”