channing tatumI think it's safe to say that Channing Tatum is hands down one of the sexiest men alive, period. I mean, HELLO -- he looks amazing in an army uniform a la Dear John, knows a thing or two about dancing (and stripping!), and seems totally down to earth. As if all of these things weren't enough to earn him the title of "THE Hollywood hunk," the way he talks about wife Jenna Dewan is absolutely adorbs.

In a recent interview with Elle, the White House Down star gushes about his wife of four years, saying their relationship is stronger than ever, and he reveals his big secret to keeping things fresh. Ready for it? Strong communication and brutal honesty.

Hmmmm, I can handle brutal honesty. Especially if it's coming with a side of those baby blue eyes.

"I think communication and being brutally honest about the things you want, what you fantasize about or whatever ... no matter what, talk to each other," Channing told Elle. "That stuff you might be nervous to hear? You gotta want to know."

Ain't that the truth. In any relationship, you have to take the good with the bad. Things aren't always going to be perfect. You won't always be on cloud nine. If you and your partner can't approach the bad topics in a way that's functional -- then there's no way you'll be able to make it in the long haul.

Channing's tip for addressing conflict? His love rating scale. The actor says that he and Jenna often ask the question, "On a scale of one to 10, how much do you love me right now?" Well hello there open door for easy confrontation. But according to him, it's necessary. He needs to hear that there are times his wife loves him at a "six" because it helps him fix a problem and move forward.

Obviously good communication takes the work of two people. I've been in romantic scenarios where sometimes, our styles just don't click. At the end of the day, it's 100 percent something that can make or break a relationship. One day I'll be one lucky lady if I can find someone with a style like Channing's. Someone with abs like his wouldn't hurt, either.

Do you and your partner communicate as well as Jenna and Channing? What's your stay-together secret?

 

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