Long gone are the days of Channing Tatum being most well-known as the scrubby street dancer in Step Up.
For a man who could have easily disappeared into hot body/not-so-great acting obscurity, the Alabama native has managed to carve out a generous chunk of Hollywood all for himself, starring in movies that require not just a pretty face, but a funny and likeable one, too.
People magazine named him their Sexiest Man Alive, and while some were thrilled others felt the declaration premature.
Why not Ryan Gosling? Asked the masses.
GQ also hopped on the Tatum bandwagon and named him their 'Movie Star of the Year' and the magazine makes a pretty convincing argument that he is, indeed, riding the bubble of a legitimate acting boom.
After enormous box office success with Magic Mike, The Vow and 21 Jump Street, Channing isn't basking in the glory, but accelerating the pace.
This year he's shot action/drama White House Down, thriller Side Effects, a sequel to G.I. Joe and the drama, Foxcatcher. He's got a slew of flicks on the horizon for next year also, which is a schedule the magazine calls "burnout insane."
"Big actors have told me to get it while the getting is good. Grind it," he said. "You know, very successful, smart actors. And they were like: 'Grind it. If you love it, grind it.' I did. And a lot of people who didn't grind it, it's not that they're not in a good place, but I'm in a better place."
Whether Channing is the next George Clooney is anyone's guess, but check out this video of him giving GQ some grown-up dance moves.