OK, so we have to admit we’ve had some mixed feelings when it comes to the onslaught of ’80s and ’90s revivals and remakes that have been relentlessly coming at us over the past couple years. And when ABC announced they were redoing Dirty Dancing last year, it didn’t seem like the best of ideas. Let’s be honest: No one can replace Patrick Swayze, and Colt Prattes — who ABC has cast in the role of Swayze’s Johnny Castle — has some huge dancing shoes to fill.
But the more we learn about Prattes, our confidence in his ability to bring our beloved Johnny to life grows. And did you see the new promo poster that just came out? Total blast from the past.
Here are some of his qualifications and fun facts that you might not have heard about him.
1. He loves Swayze just as much as we do
“Growing up I watched this movie almost every weekend,” Prattes wrote on Instagram of Dirty Dancing. “It inspired me to start dancing and still inspires me every time I see it.”
2. He was in the Las Vegas cast of Rock of Ages
If you look at Prattes’ photo and think, “Wow, I would love to hear this man serenade me with ’80s power ballads,” sadly, you just missed the boat. He was in the Las Vegas company of Rock of Ages for over a year as rocker Stacee Jaxx, and belted out classics like “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Renegade.” His last performance was in March of 2016.
3. You probably recognize him from the music video for Pink’s “Try”
It’s no wonder Prattes was cast in Dirty Dancing when you watch his moves in Pink’s music video for her hit song “Try.” Their chemistry is unstoppable and his moves are undeniably impressive. Pink was so taken with Prattes that he performed with her at the Grammys and even danced on tour with her after “Try” was released.
4. He swears by CrossFit
And just how does Prattes manage to stay in such top shape? He’s a CrossFitter. His Instagram feed is filled with workout pics, and he even participates in CrossFit competitions! Fitness is incredibly important to him, with good reason.
5. His wife is fellow dancer and actress Angelina Mullins
Sorry, y’all — Prattes is taken. He’s married to Angelina Mullins, a dancer with Broadway credits. She also performed on Smash back in the day. And from the looks of it, these two couldn’t be more in love.
6. He supports the troops
Prattes comes from a family of Marines, and he makes a point of vocally supporting service members whenever he’s able.
7. He is definitely a dog person
Prattes and Mullins aren’t the only members of their family — his Instagram feed has plenty of pictures of his adorable four-legged children.
7. When he’s not dancing, working out or spending time with his family, he’s a writer
Seriously, what can’t this man do? Somehow, Prattes manages to find the time to write for New Age Gents, a forthcoming men’s lifestyle blog. He is passionate about being a positive embodiment of masculinity and his writing is an interesting glimpse into what that means for him.
Are you excited to see Prattes in the Dirty Dancing remake? Do you think he will be able to fill Patrick Swayze’s shoes?
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Originally published February 2016. Updated March 2017.