The actress was barely 20 years old when she filmed the video, many years before she found fame via the hit sitcom Friends.
The then-unknown Cox was selected for “Dancing in the Dark” by the clip’s director, Brian De Palma.
“I thought I was in the wrong place,” the actress recalled during a recent appearance on the Howard Stern Show, noting that most of the other women at the audition were professional dancers. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what they’re doing but I can’t even bend my leg. This is it.’ I went into on Brian De Palma’s office. He put on the music and said, ‘Well, you dance.’ And I thought, ‘Right now? Here? In front of you? Just the two of us?’”
Cox noted that her awkwardness likely worked in her favor. “I think that’s why I got it because I was like, ‘Okay!’ I think that’s what they wanted, a fan that just couldn’t believe it.”
Referring to Springsteen as “incredible,” Cox admitted she still listens to “Dancing in the Dark.” “I love that song. I get a little embarrassed because I do feel like when I watch the video, when I see it. I mean, God. Did you see my dance? It was pathetic,” the actress declared. “I’m not a bad dancer, but that was horrible. I was so nervous.”
Released May 9, 1984, “Dancing in the Dark” was the first single off of Born in the U.S.A. The track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to sell more than a million copies. It also won Springsteen a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
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