She was in serious relationships with two of the biggest stars of the 1980s and early ’90s.
But Jennifer Gray sounded conflicted on Thursday when she appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show and chatted about her back-to-back engagements to Matthew Broderick, 60, and Johnny Depp, 58.
The 62-year-old Dirty Dancing star shared that the was engaged to Johnny within the same month that she had cut things off with Matthew, though she now sees the quick succession as a sign of ‘trouble afoot.’
Moving fast! Jennifer Gray, 62, revealed on The Drew Barrymore Show on Thursday that she ended her engagement to Matthew Broderick, 60, and got engaged to Johnny Depp, 58, within the same month
Drew opened the segment by gushing over all the ‘cute boys’ Jennifer had ‘known and gotten engaged to.’
She asked if it was true that Jennifer had gotten engaged to Johnny after only a few weeks, but she revealed that it was ‘worse than that.’
‘I was engaged to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp in the same month,’ she said, almost whispering.
‘It was really a sign that there was trouble afoot on my part,’ she added, though at the time she thought it was just ‘God rescuing me from one bad situation and just lovingly plopping me into a Johnny Depp soufflé.’
In awe: Drew opened the segment by gushing over all the ‘cute boys’ Jennifer had ‘known and gotten engaged to’
Switching partners: She asked if it was true that Jennifer had gotten engaged to Johnny after only a few weeks, but she revealed that it was ‘worse than that’
‘I was engaged to Matthew Broderick and Johnny Depp in the same month,’ she said, though she called it a sign of ‘trouble afoot’; seen with Broderick in 1987
She added that ‘1989 Johnny Depp’ was ‘so beautiful.’
‘It’s almost inhuman,’ Jennifer added on the Edward Scissorhands star, though Drew added that she had always been ‘so hot and sexy’ throughout the years.
Jennifer previously spoke to ET about her brief time with Depp.
‘We were young … To me, this guy was the answer to my problems. This guy was sweet, and loving, and romantic, and crazy about me, and beautiful. I was in desperate need of rebounding into something that looked and felt like 1989 Johnny Depp, ‘she recounted. ‘Trust me, it was a very soft landing. It was necessary. I was bleeding out inside and this guy saved me and just made me … not feel what I was feeling. ‘
But she also accused her former love of being ‘crazy jealous and paranoid’ in her new memoir Out Of The Corner, which she has lately been promoting.
‘All I can say about that trial is that it breaks my heart for everybody involved,’ Gray said of Depp’s ongoing defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. ‘I just think it’s sad and I wish it was resolved and I just wish everybody well.’
Out of this world: She added that ‘1989 Johnny Depp’ was ‘so beautiful,’ calling his looks ‘almost inhuman’
Mixed bag: But she also accused her former love of being ‘crazy jealous and paranoid’ in her new memoir Out Of The Corner, which she has lately been promoting; seen in 1989
In the same interview, Jennifer opened up about the devastating car crash she suffered with Matthew Broderick, which occurred on August 5, 1987, in Northern Ireland.
‘The car accident in Ireland was, I would say, the top three traumas of my life, maybe the top one,’ the actress said, admitting that it still haunts her to this day.
‘It’s very hard to describe when you have a near-death experience and are present for the deaths of other people,’ Jennifer continued. ‘Being alone on a country road in the middle of nowhere with nobody else around or conscious was pretty terrifying … It led to so many other things in my life.’
She and Matthew were vacationing in Northern Ireland after they had started a secret relationship while filming their hit comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which was released in 1986.
Matthew was behind the wheel of a BMW that they had rented when he crossed the center line and hit a car driven by Margaret Doherty, 63, and her daughter Anna Gallagher, 28.
Bad days: Jennifer called Matthew Broderick’s 1987 car crash – which killed two women in Northern Ireland – ‘top three traumas of my life’ in an interview with ET from last week; seen together in 1987
Both women were killed instantly in the crash, and Matthew was left unconscious with serious injuries.
Jennifer found the incident to be particularly traumatic, as she was the only person left alive and conscious after the wreck while alone on the road.
‘I was the sole living witness, because Matthew had survived, but he was unconscious and had amnesia and was very badly injured. I thought he was dead, ‘she shared, with emotion rising in her voice. ‘I didn’t even know there were two other women who were tragically killed at the time. It’s just something that you just don’t come back from in the same way. ‘
The crash has dogged Broderick for years, and some fans have spread rumors about its cause, but Grey claimed that there was nothing sinister about the events leading up to the crash.
‘I wasn’t holding any information that people seem to think I did because they wanted an answer and there was no answer because it was an accident,’ she said. ‘And [Matthew] was a great driver, and nobody was drinking. It was just an accident. And it was tragic, and I think about the family in Ireland all the time. ‘
Devastating: They were driving a rented car in Northern Ireland when Matthew drifted over the center line and hit the other car. The two women in it were killed, and he was seriously injured and unconscious
The couple had been vacationing after Jennifer finished filming her classic romance Dirty Dancing, which costarred Patrick Swayze, but its aftermath made it difficult for her to enjoy the strong reaction to the movie.
She and Broderick, who had gotten engaged during the filming of Ferris Bueller, would break up not long after the 1988 accident.
Broderick later married Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997, and Gray was married to actor Clark Gregg from 2001 to 2021.
Soured: The couple had been vacationing after Jennifer finished filming her classic romance Dirty Dancing, which costarred Patrick Swayze, but its aftermath made it difficult for her to enjoy the strong reaction to the movie