Channing Tatum's Revealing New Interview Is Sexiest Thing He's Ever Done

Channing TatumThere are so many reasons to love Channing Tatum. He's an amazing dancer with an Adonis-like body. He's starred in some of our favorite movies of the past few years ranging from the romantic (The Vow) to the hilarious (21 AND 22 Jump Street) to the uber sexy (Magic Mike). And let's not forget that he's a devoted husband to Jenna Dewan-Tatum and a doting father to their absolutely gorgeous baby daughter, Everly.

And while all eyes are on Magic Mike XXL that's currently in production, Channing has another movie on the way that's generating some major buzz -- meaning we're going to see a lot of Channing during awards season. He stars with Steve Carell in the drama Foxcatcher, which is based on the true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz. It's a demanding role, both mentally and physically, that shows off Channing's body and acting chops like never before.

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Channing recently spoke to The New York Times' T Magazine about what it was like preparing for Foxcatcher and revealed a side of him that is rarely seen. He opened up about his early struggles with money, overcoming dyslexia and ADHD, how he pushes himself to succeed, and more. Here are our six favorite sexy reveals!

On Being More Than a "Hot" Body

I’ve always negotiated the world very physically, from football to tussling at the playground to taking my clothes off. My dad’s a physical guy. I think that’s how I wanted to see myself as a kid, how I won approval, and it’s no secret that that’s how I got into this business. But over time I’ve been able to develop other aspects of myself, sort of on-the-job training.

On His Best Teachers

It’s just weird that for some people art is a luxury. My parents had no artistic outlet. Some people pass down music to their kids, but I couldn’t tell you what my mom’s or dad’s favorite song is. So when I started going out into the world, I was drawn to people who knew about movies, art, even fashion. I went to New York and did the whole modeling thing, and I just learned everything I could from anybody who knew something I didn’t. I’ve had a few John du Ponts in my life, to be honest. I think that’s one thing I’m pretty skilled at. I can look at a person and say, They’ve got something that I want up there in their head. I’m going to do my best to get in there and absorb it. My mom said, ‘Be a sponge.’ And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books.

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On How Stripping Made Him a Better Actor

Personally, I like being pushed into corners. It forces you to be creative. Being a stripper exposed me to a lot of people I might never have met, and that has turned out to be a gift. There are lots of characters I feel I can play as a result. So when people tell me they want to act, I’m like, ‘Okay, if you want to act, go see America. If you can afford gas money, go talk to people and see how they really live.’

On Getting By With Little Money

Sure, you can go to theater class at a young age. That’s not how I did it. I would have loved to learn things earlier than I did, but then maybe I wouldn’t have gone and done the things that gave me insight into what it is to be human -- to have fears and wants. Like the fear of asking a girl out on a date when I can’t afford dinner at Chili’s, so instead maybe we go to Checkers and I make it cool by turning it into a picnic, put the burgers in a basket of my mom’s and try to make it romantic. That’s the kind of worry I used to have.

On Overcoming His Childhood Diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia

I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down syndrome, and you look around and say, ‘Okay, so this is where I’m at.’ Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, ‘All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either.’ So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different. The system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.

On the Challenges of Being a Dad

You notice your behavior, like, ‘Wow, I don’t have much patience right now. Why is that? You spend the day watching this thing constantly taking in information, and you have to be sure you’re making that happen. At the end of the day when I put her to bed, I feel glad to have some peace but say to myself, ‘That was so much fun.'

Honestly, there's nothing sexier than a guy who is honest, humble, hardworking, and obviously head over heels in love with his family. Yes, Channing is obviously nice to look at, but I love knowing how much more there is to him than a pretty face. This interview definitely deepened my respect for Channing and his talent.

What do you love the most about Channing? Are you excited for Foxcatcher?


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