Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing with PEOPLE’s special commemorative issue, “Dirty Dancing — The Music, The Moves, The Memories: Inside the Film’s Most Beloved Dance Romance,” available for purchase here, and on newsstands now. Below, check out this 2007 interview with Swayze from PEOPLE’s archives, in which Swayze looks back on his love life and struggles with fame:
Johnny Castle Forever: In 2007 Patrick Swayze spoke to PEOPLE about the film that made him an ideal leading man.
Did you ever think it’d be such a hit?
Initially I thought it was a little saccharine. But as Jennifer and I started connecting, you do start to feel magic happen.
When did that happen?
In Red Dawn I was so intense I didn’t think this girl would ever want to talk to me again. I had done Goodtime Charley with her father on Broadway , so Jennifer and I were sort of destined to come back together. I’d run my fingers down the back of her arm, and she’d giggle and it would frustrate me. They caught that real stuff on film. The camera caught the magic of the real truth.
What did you learn on the movie?
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