Although the movie Fat is over 40 years old, the relationship between Danny Zuko (played by John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) lives on as one of the greats. In a new video interview with Us Weekly, Newton-John, 72, accompanied by her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, 35, recalled her on-screen hugs with Travolta.
“It was on the beach—actually the opening scene of the movie,” which fans will remember as the montage of Danny and Sandy’s summer novel. “It was a beautiful day,” added Newton-John. “We were playing in the water, and I don’t remember exactly, but it was a very beautiful day and an exciting moment because it was the beginning of the movie, although everything was a little out of order, but we did Which. That was the first time we kissed.”
Newton-John, who barely knew Travolta at the time, admitted she was apprehensive before filming the scene. “Of course I was nervous,” she said. “I remember we were sitting on a rock just before that and it’s actually in the movie that these waves were breaking over us. These rogue waves came in. And I can’t remember if it was before or after because my hair was perfect. So maybe it was after that. But it was a very special day and it was a really nice way to get to know John a little bit as we hadn’t spent that much time together. We had some rehearsal time and dance time and stuff, but this was our first day of acting. It was fun. It was special.”
In the 43 years that followed Fat was filmed, Newton-John and Travolta stayed close and lived a Fat meeting together and release a 2012 christmas album. those yields benefited the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center and the Jett Travolta Foundation for Special Needs Children in honor of Travolta’s late son who died in 2009. The two even starred in the 1983 film Two of a Kind.
The “Physical” singer had nothing but praise for working with her longtime boyfriend. “John is a sweet, sweet man,” she told Us Weekly. “And he made all my acting experiences very easy. He was very thoughtful and encouraged me when he thought I wasn’t doing my job well enough.” Newton-John also recalled one Fat scene in particular, when the pair meet at a bonfire, which Travolta “deliberately screwed up” so she could try again. She recalls him whispering, “I know you can do better,” and gave her the chance to re-do the scene. “That was just one example of his generosity as an actor,” she said.
Newton-John recently launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund for herbal medicine research. Diagnosed with cancer three times, the first in 1992 and most recently in 2018, the actress has relied heavily on herbal medicines in her own life. In addition to her foundation work, she is continuing her musical career and has just released a new duet, “Window in the wall‘ with her daughter. lattanzic
As for kissing Travolta, or other scene partners for that matter, Newton-John says she has no preparation strategy. “You just do it. And you’re the character,” she said. “You play a character.”
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