While she remained sceptical, her opinion on Swayze began to change when she realised how much chemistry they had when reading lines for the movie. And clearly, she wasn't wrong.
"We go in there and he takes me in his arms and I was like, 'Oh, boy. I'm done'," she admitted, adding, "There was no competition. He was, like, the easy chair I'd been dreaming of my whole life".
In Dirty Dancing, fans will remember that Grey starred as Frances "Baby" Houseman, a teenager who meets dance instructor Johnny Castle (played by Swayze) at a resort in the summer of 1963.
With a sequel of the dance film on the way, Grey confirmed that she'll be returning to her iconic role, explaining that the film won't try to recapture the chemistry that she had with Swazye, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009.
"All I can say is there is no replacing anyone who's passed—you never try to repeat anything that's magic like that," she told People. "You just go for something different."
"It was about innocence and the way that innocence is lost and how people explode into a different iteration of themselves."
Here's hoping "Come here, lover boy" makes another appearance.