Jennifer Grey Crashed a ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Scene She Wasn’t Supposed to Be In

Jennifer Grey is known as the goody-two-shoes sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But it turns out in real life, she can be a bit of a troublemaker. In a new interview, she admitted that she crashed a scene from the movie that she wasn’t supposed to appear in. Here’s what the actor said. 

Jennifer Grey is one of the most recognizable faces in 80s cinema

Jennifer Grey in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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The actor stood out in the 1980s with uniquely compelling beauty and those unforgettable natural curls. 

As Frances “Baby” Houseman in the 1987 summer hit Dirty Dancing, she turned heads with passionate dancing skills. And opposite Patrick Swayze, the two virtually blew up the box office with their smoldering dance numbers. 

It was her defining moment in cinema. Consequently, the role catapulted her to international fame

But just a year prior in 1986, she made Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She played Jeanie Bueller, the younger sister of goof-off Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick.) Per Insider, Grey was about 26 years old when she played the angry baby sister. Her rage toward her school-ditching brother drives much of the plot. 

It’s difficult to imagine Jeanie Bueller breaking any rules because she’s so convincing as the straight-laced daughter of Tom (Lyman Ward) and Katie Bueller (Cindy Pickett.)  

But according to Jennifer Grey, she most certainly did. 

The ‘Dirty Dancing’ star crashed the parade scene on her day off 

Per Yahoo! Entertainment, a September 2021 interview with the actor revealed a different side. “I’m not good with a lot of days off: I like to be in the middle of the action,” she laughed. 

In short, she was bored. Therefore, she found a way to entertain herself. 

The cast and crew were busy filming the huge and logistically complicated parade scene. Grey made her way to downtown Chicago and inserted herself into the action.  

“I knew it was a huge crowd scene, so I dressed myself up in this weirdo outfit and put my hair in a beehive and went on the set as this autograph hound with little sour balls in my bag and an autograph book,” she told Yahoo! 

Grey says the scheme worked a little too well. 

“They had security following me and were like, ‘Who is this freak? Get her off the set!'” Grey said. “My goal was to get on camera as this other person.” 

Grey admits that she didn’t make it to the final cut as her other persona. But she posted a photo of herself mid-stunt via social media. 

“Don’t give me too much time to myself,” she joked. 

Jennifer Grey shared details about working with director John Hughes

Grey said she loved the movie, pointing out that it was perfect for the era.  

“I love that movie,” Grey told Yahoo! “It’s a smart, funny movie and it’s so ’80s. John Hughes was a genius, and the kind of improvisational freedom that he gave me when I worked with him meant I trusted him so much.” –

Grey is currently working as an executive producer on a reboot of Dirty Dancing.