Jennifer Gray Says She and Matthew Broderick Had a Romance During ‘Ferris Bueller’

  • “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” turns 36 on June 11.
  • On-screen siblings Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Gray have publicly dated in real life after filming.
  • Gray said they had a secret on-set romance that they hid from the cast and crew.

In her critically acclaimed memoir, “Out of the Corner,” Jennifer Gray said she had a “underground romance” during “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with her on-screen brother played by Matthew Broderick.

“I was as surprised as anyone when our relationship turned from an on-screen sibling rivalry into an illicit off-screen romance,” Gray wrote.

The hugely popular comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was released on June 11, 1986.

The film follows optimist Ferris (Broderick), who pretends to be ill and skips school so he can gallop around Chicago with his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). Meanwhile, his brooding sister Jeanie (Grey) tries to prove he’s playing hooky throughout the film.

Mia, Alan, and Matthew sitting in a red open-top Cadillac with sunglasses and Matthew's arms in the air.

Mia Sara, Alan Ruck and Matthew Broderick in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

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Gray and Broderick dated after filming, but the actress shared in her new memoir that they had a “secret date” during filming and hid it from the cast and crew.

“Suddenly you’re going through one of those bedroom pranks, walking down the carpeted hallway barefoot in your bathrobe or in various stages of undressing,” Gray wrote of keeping a low profile while everyone else. everyone lived together in the same hotel during filming. “The row of peepholes on other guests’ doors can look like an army of eyeballs watching your every move.”

On one occasion, Gray recalled being in Broderick’s room and the actor’s “sudden change in demeanor” as he stormed off and motioned for him to be quiet when he received a phonecall.

“There seemed to be a girl he hadn’t mentioned who was or wasn’t, in fact, his girlfriend,” Gray wrote, adding, “When I asked him about this mysterious woman, he assured me that she was not his girlfriend but rather a close friend of the family who loved him.”

Gray said that while she thought of herself as a “girl’s girl”, she refused that there was potentially another woman – or that she herself was “the other woman”. “It came down to: I wanted what I wanted,” she said.

The actors continued their affair until the end of filming and they parted ways temporarily.

After returning home to New York, Gray recalled, “I realized I was in love with Matthew and told him I couldn’t see him anymore. He quickly broke up with his ‘close family friend. ‘ and we were together.”

Matthew smiling in a tuxedo and bow tie and Jennifer smiling in a blue off-the-shoulder dress.

Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Gray at the 59th Academy Awards in 1987.

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“Matthew just felt like my guy,” Gray said, also adding, “He felt like home.”

The couple dated and briefly got engaged in 1988. Gray recently said in an interview with Drew Barrymore that she went from being engaged to Broderick and splitting up with him to then being engaged to Johnny Depp the same month.

Broderick did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“Out of the Corner” is available now.

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