Danny Zuko and Sandy Olson remain one of the great romantic movie couples. From the innocent love of puppies on a beach to the leather raunch to the end, their chemistry not only made us shiver, but it was also electrifying. And, as it seems, the two stars themselves felt the same. Travolta and Newton-John have both talked about how warm they were for each other and in real life. He also said in his autobiography Don’t Stop Believin ‘: “Yes, we really liked each other and there was an attraction.” A passionate kiss in the movie after the party further fueled the rumors.
Travolta was the driving force behind the choice of his co-star, saying at the time: “There is only one person to play this role and it is Olivia Newton-John… It’s every man’s dream.”
Newton-John recalled convincing her to take part despite her doubts about her age and the film’s previous mistakes: “I went outside to be greeted by those piercing blue eyes and the warmest smile on the planet. John Travolta “It radiates pure joy and love. That day, he greeted me with a big hug as if we were already lifelong friends. How could you say no to John Travolta?”
Both stars always denied anything beyond the deep friendship they maintain to this day. Newton-John opened in 2018 and explained why she was glad they never made it their passion: “We were both with other people when we came back and I think, respectfully, it just didn’t happen.”
She was still with her manager, Lee Kramer, in a tumultuous relationship that would last until 1979. Travolta was with actress Diana Highland, who was battling breast cancer and would die in March 1977.
Newton-John added: “I think it was good because I think it kept the tension there and the chemistry. It could have been a real disaster if we had decided to go out on a date or had a conflict or something. So I think it was just that and that it did not happen, but we are still wonderful friends.
“The truth is that she never got over the friendship with John, despite the fact that the fans wanted us to be a couple in real life. We left the composition to Sandy and Danny, but the deep feeling of brotherly love I have for John. continues until today”.
Newton-John explained in her autobiography Don’t Stop Believin ‘: “We would never go out because we were both connected to other people at the time and we both have a deep commitment line.”
However, her sister found love with another cast member. Jeff Conway, who played Danny’s close friend Kenny, was also upset with Newton-John, but was too nervous to approach her for a date. But then he saw her talking to a beautiful woman at a party during the filming of the film.
He later said: “I looked across the living room and saw this lovely lady talking to Olivia. I decided to go and take charge before the wolf pack came down.”
She was the star’s older sister, Rona, who was visiting the set from England in 1977. She later said: “I liked it right away.”
They married in 1980 and were together for another five years before ending in divorce.
Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, of course, remained extremely close for almost 45 years, with their deep Platonic love and devotion to each other lasting more than a summer in high school or, in fact, most Hollywood weddings. .