Chan­ning Ta­tum

Ev­ery­one’s favourite ac­tor talks about his new movie, the sweet se­cret be­hind his happy mar­riage, and the X-rated dolls his friends send him ( um, what?)

Cosmopolitan (India) - - MEN & YOU -

Q You’re kick­ing ass and tak­ing names in White

House Down. What made you pick this film?

A “Most movies like this are about other coun­tries at­tack­ing Amer­ica, but this one is a lit­tle more unique be­cause the en­emy’s com­ing from the in­side. Jamie Foxx [who plays the Pres­i­dent] is wickedly smart and strong, not un­like our Pres­i­dent now. I be­lieve Obama is a lot of fun when he’s not try­ing to keep our econ­omy to­gether.”

Q You and Jenna [De­wanTa­tum, his wife] have been to­gether for nearly eight years. What’s your se­cret?

A “You have to want it. Jenna’s and my thing is check­ing in with each other all the time, like ‘On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you love me right now?’ And you got to be hon­est, and you’ve got to want an hon­est an­swer. I told a friend to do that. He asked the ques­tion and it turned into a huge fight, and I’m like, that’s the point. Ob­vi­ously, some­thing needed to be fixed, he needed to be aware of it, and she needed to get it off her chest.”

Q You seem like one of the most ap­proach­able celebri­ties around. Why is that?

A “It’s a hard thing for me to wrap my mind around the C word: celebrity. Rock stars are celebri­ties, be­cause they’re larger than life. As an ac­tor, you have to play the every­man and the every­girl. If you start treat­ing peo­ple in the real world like as­sis­tants, that’s not a good look. But my friends keep me grounded. It’s em­bar­rass­ing to tell you how much my friends make fun of me. Se­ri­ously, when you have a doll made of your face, it’s ridicu­lous how creative your friends can get... pic­tures, videos, lit­tle an­i­mated car­toons that they’ve made. And they’re way, way not PG-13. So I get chopped down to size all the time.”

Q Fill in the blank: No one would think I was sexy if they knew_______.

A “I’m a fat kid on the in­side. I love food so much, and I fluc­tu­ate about 11 to 13 ki­los be­tween movies. I feel like I have to do a chess movie that re­quires very lit­tle move­ment at some point, just so I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day. And then eat more pizza and cheese­burg­ers and drink beer. That’d be amaz­ing. I’d give any­thing for that.”

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