In a 2007 interview, Swayze told People magazine, “I knew she was the smartest chick I’d ever met in my life. [Before Lisa], I had been meeting girls with names like Mimi and Angel. And for a long time I didn’t feel like I deserved her.”
To that end, Swayze also noticed Niemi wasn’t quick to fall for his typical flirtations, according to Fabiosa.com. “If I started putting on a pose or doing my Casanova routine, Lisa would turn away and not say anything,” he said. “We had a lot of dates in silence.”
Nonetheless, Swayze did note that Niemi’s demeanor changed when he began showing her his true colors. “As soon as I opened up about what I wanted from life, she would answer me,” he explained. Swayze quickly realized that there was something else that he needed to have in his future: Niemi by his side.