Dirty Dancing premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
“Dirty Dancing is my mom’s No. 1 favorite movie. She actually used to say, ‘I would die if you could play Baby one day.’ When I got it, she was the first person I called,” Breslin shares in PEOPLE’s special collector’s edition about the 1987 film favorite.
Breslin, 21, admits it was sometimes less dreamy to master her moves with newcomer Colt Prattes, who plays bad boy dancer Johnny to Breslin’s Baby.
“I’m the exact antithesis of graceful,” she quips. “I can barely walk a straight line.”
Most challenging? Nailing the film’s iconic, climactic lift.