EXCLUSIVE: Abigail Breslin on Fearing the 'Dirty Dancing' Lift: 'I Won't Ever Be Ready'
By Brice Sander
Abigail Breslin’s Chanel No. 5 is back for Scream Queens, season two -- but before she slips back on her stilettos, she’s gotta slip on her dancing shoes.
The actress is in the middle of “insane” rehearsals for the ABC TV movie adaptation of Dirty Dancing, set to premiere later this year. ET caught up with Breslin at PaleyFest just before she went on stage to talk Scream Queens.
“For me, who’s the most awkward person in the world, has never danced before, it’s so crazy,” Breslin confessed. “I started with, yesterday, actually with Colt Prattes, who’s playing Johnny, who’s awesome and a professional dancer, and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls … so I was so nervous.”
“They walk in and they give Nicole this, like, really complicated combo that I had learned, like, a week earlier and I was like, ‘I’m gonna nail this, and she’s gonna be like freaking out,’” Breslin continued, “and then she was like, boom, boom, boom, does it in a second. I was like… ‘You’re great. Cool.’”
Breslin has yet to attempt the iconic lift from the 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
“I won’t ever be ready,” Breslin said. “I want to have, like, somebody sign a contract saying I won’t die. ‘Cause if anybody could, like, kill not only myself, but the guy and, like, everybody in the room with us, it would be me, by doing that. I would fall in such a complex way that everybody would just die.”
“I’m gonna get fired when they see this interview,” Breslin joked. “They’re gonna be like, ‘Whoa!’ But… I think I’m in good hands with the choreographers and everybody in the show.”
Luckily, Breslin’s Dirty Dancing will be taped -- not live, like recent TV musicals Grease and The Wiz.
“That’s what I’m holding onto,” Breslin joked. “All of a sudden we’re gonna go to set and they’re gonna be like, ‘We decided to just do it live!’ Scariest idea ever.”
While you wait for Dirty Dancing to hit the small screen, relive the best moments from Grease: Live!