Back in 2012, it was reported that Channing was going to “take a break” from his hectic acting career to focus on directing a passion project, revealing to Entertainment Weekly, “I love the steps that I’ve taken acting-wise. But I don’t want to just keep putting [directing] off for these fun and incredible opportunities.”
But in the past nine years, the entire duration of his marriage to Jenna, Channing continued to star in at least two movies a year, and in some cases five. So when People asked him in 2015 how he juggled his family and career, he responded honestly, “Not very well.”
He did add, however, that Jenna had been very supportive: “We’re a good support system for each other. I don’t think I could do it any other way.”
He also said in that same interview that the birth of his and Jenna’s daughter, Everly, four years ago also gave him some perspective. “Having a family and a little girl, it really makes things super clear.” He said that before he agrees to an opportunity, he asks himself, “Is this worth taking time away from them?”
Still, he admitted that he struggled to say no because he was living his dream. “None of this is easy, but at the same time it’s everything I would have ever wanted to do. I really like challenge, but I would like things to get a little slower. That would be nice. I wish I could slow down slightly. But I have no other option. I can’t not live in the moment.”
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