’13 Going on 30′ Famous Dance Number Caused Drama Behind the Scenes


13 Ongoing 30 one of the many films with dance. The 2004 romantic comedy features Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old girl who finds herself transformed into a 30-year-old.

In one scene, Jenna is making a move to bring a magazine launch party to life. She performs the iconic zombie dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video with her childhood friend and love interest, Matt Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo). Guests come together and Jenna becomes the hero of the party.

Gary Winick, Jennifer Garner, and Mark Ruffalo at the premiere of '13 Going on 30 'after the party
Gary Winick, Jennifer Garner, and Mark Ruffalo at the 13 Ongoing 30 cross-party premiere | M. Caulfield / WireImage

The dance number is a standing moment 13 Ongoing 30. It comes alive as one of the most memorable scenes in the film. However, behind the scenes it was a matter of controversy.

At first the director of ’13 Going on 30 ‘felt that the dance scene didn’t make sense

Gary Winick, director 13 Ongoing 30, and the studio making the film had different views on the dance scene. In a 2004 interview with The Telegraph, Winick said the studio was located on the dance floor. At the same time, he felt disconnected from the plot.

“I kept saying ‘What does that have to do with the story?’ and they kept saying ‘We have to put it in the carriers. ‘I had to get them to work as part of the report,’ he said.

Not only does the dance number support Jenna’s upbringing in the 80s but a way she saved the party from being a dud. Winick had to push for it to happen as he did and clearly, it worked out.