Courtney Cox recalled his appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s music video for “Dancing in the Dark”, describing his dance moves as “pathetic”.
The actress was just 20 when she shot the video, many years before she shot to fame via the hit sitcom Friends.
The then-unknown Cox was selected for “Dancing in the Dark” by the music video’s director, Brian De Palma.
“I thought I was in the wrong place,” the actress recalled during a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, noting that most of the other women present at the audition were professional dancers. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what they’re doing but I can’t even bend my leg. This is it.’ I walked into Brian De Palma’s office. He put on some music and said, ‘Well, you’re dancing.’ And I thought, ‘Right now? Here? In front of you? Just the two of us?'”
Cox noted that his clumsiness likely worked in his favor. “I think that’s why I got it because I was like, ‘Okay!’ I think that’s what they wanted, a fan who just couldn’t believe it.
Referring to Springsteen as “incredible,” Cox admitted she still listens to “Dancing in the Dark.” “I love this song. I’m a little embarrassed because I feel like when I watch the video, when I see it. I mean, God. Did you see my dance? It was pathetic” said the actress, “I’m not a bad dancer, but it was awful. I was so nervous.”
Released on May 9, 1984, “Dancing in the Dark” is the first single from Born in USA The track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over a million copies. It also earned Springsteen a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
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