What led you to working as a male dancer?
Look, I was 18 years old and I was working three jobs. That was just one of them. I really enjoyed performing – it was actually my first performance job and I really like to dance. I didn't really love taking the clothes off. I found this was a very dark world. In the film, we didn't scratch the surface of how dark it can get – it's a slippery slope. This movie was the most palpable version of this world. We didn't want it to feel dirty. For me, I got out and kept working in clubs. I just put on shows at one nightclub, but I didn't get naked. A-List Links: See Channing Tatum Strip To "It's Raining Men"
Is it hard to learn these kinds of dance routines?
For the movie, the routines were fun and hilarious. You wanted to get it right. I remember the first day we learned the routines, then someone said, "OK, now it's time to get naked!" Everyone just went out and did it. Everyone just went nuts.
You've had an amazing year with hits like The Vow and 21 Jump Street. What does it feel like to be on the A-List now?
It's just amazing! It's been a year of a lot of hard work and I can't wait to see what's next. I love doing movies and I want to do all kinds of films from serious dramas to comedies. Channing Tatum Leaves Love Letters For Wife Jenna Dewan
How do you stay so busy and make it work with your wife, Jenna Dewan?
You just have to be together. Long distance is hard, but we make sure that we don't spend more than a week or two apart. I think guys make the effort when they're truly in love, which is what I am. It's not corny to leave a love note. It's something you want to do. It's not corny to cook that romantic dinner. You can't wait to do it for her.
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