Debra Messing on how 'Dirty Dancing' remake will be different from original

Messing plays Marjorie Houseman in the remake.

— -- After 30 years, the classic hit "Dirty Dancing" is being remade into a TV movie for ABC.

ABC News caught up with Messing to chat about how this remake will be different from the 1987 classic and how the original film actually inspired her to become the actress she is today.

"I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theater and thinking, 'This is the first time I've actually seen a leading lady who isn't perfect,'" she said.

In fact, Messing said that made her believe "there might be a place for me in Hollywood."

"It was a turning point for me. Like I thought, 'Oh, I'm Jewish and I'm awkward, oh I'm Baby!'" she added.

"But it's a little longer," she added. "So, you learn a lot more about Baby's mom and Baby's dad, and those dynamics. And you also find out what happens to Baby and Johnny after the original movie ends [after the summer at the Catskills resort]."

"He was Johnny," she said.

For more from Messing, watch the full interview above.