Although all the stars of Magic Mike look pretty sexy in their stripper outfits, only one of them truly had the experience to back the wardrobe up… Channing Tatum. But despite what people may think, Channing says stripping is not rocket science!
The Hollywood hunk stopped by The Today Show yesterday morning to drink red wine and chat with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford about his real life stripping past.
“I was 18 or 19 in Tampa, I dropped out of college, which I don’t suggest to anyone out there. But I was working three jobs, this was just one of them, and I was couching it,” Channing explained. “’Cause at that time you don’t want to be living with your parents at 18 years old. You kind of just want to be out on your own. “
So, how did his talents and dance skills come about?
“You just have to show up,” Channing said of stripping. “You don’t have to be all that good at it!”
As for what his wife and Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan Tatum thinks of his moves, Channing says she loves them!
“She thinks it’s hilarious,” he revealed. “Obviously, I mean look, she married a stripper, she knew what she was getting into. But I mean she’s watched [Magic Mike] and she loves it. She came to set and everything it was a fun time. “
And we’re pretty sure Jenna had such a good time because of the hunky cast, which includes Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer.
“These guys had to take an entirely huge leap of faith and they jumped both feet into the thong,” Channing said. “It was pretty crazy. I mean you’ve seen the size of Joe, can you imagine the size of his thong?”
Magic Mike hits theaters tomorrow!