Can you believe it’s been 40 years since Grease released? John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John reunited to celebrate the anniversary.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening and Q&A to honor the classic musical. Fellow cast members Didi Conn (Frenchie), and Barry Pearl (Doody) were also in attendance, along with director Randal Kleiser.
Travolta recounted how he helped cast Newton-John for the role of Sandy, reports E! News.
“If you were a young man in the ’70s, and I’m sure many of you were, out there, if you remember that album cover of Olivia with that blue shirt on, with those big blue eyes staring right at you, every boy’s – every man’s – dream was, ‘Oh, I’d love for that girl to be my girlfriend,” he said.
“So when I had the privilege to have input on the casting, I said, ‘There is no other person in the universe other than Olivia Newton-John to play Sandy. You must cast her.’ So I held tight, didn’t I? And I got my way.”
Not only did the actor convince casting directors to pick Newton-John… he also convinced her to take the role!
“I really wasn’t sure I wanted to do the movie because I’d made a movie before in England, which was a musical, and it didn’t work, so I was very frightened about doing a movie,” the actress remembered. “Then they sent John to meet me and who could say no, right? This gorgeous guy walks up my driveway, these bright blue eyes, and he was so sweet and melted me and he talked about it.”
“I said, ‘But I’m 29 years old. How can I be 18?'” she continued. “I look back, I can’t believe I was thinking that. But anyway, it’s all relative. Right, girls? So he talked to me and said, ‘You know, it’s alright, none of us are gonna be 18.'”
Watch the full stream below.