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People in Film | Channing Tatum
Posted November 18, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Channing Tatum"
The star of The Eagle’s physical and emotional career.
Channing Tatum | Finding His Soul
If Channing Tatum often plays all-Americans, that may be because his upbringing reflects so many different aspects of America. Born in Cullum, Alabama, of Irish, French and Native American stock, Tatum defines a real cross-section of the American psyche. His father, who was also a star athlete, ran a roofing company until a back accident shut down that career. His mother Kay was an airline worker. Tatum moved to Mississippi when he was six, and then later lived in Tampa, where he excelled at sports. Tatum has joked, “My parents couldn’t handle my energy so they enrolled me in every sport the school was offering.” His success in sports certainly pointed him towards his future. After high school, he was offered a football scholarship at Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia, but chose instead to stay close to home. He picked up work as exotic dancer (an experience he hopes to make a film about in the future). After being cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin’s music video for “She Bangs”, Tatum started picking up modeling work in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, and Emporio Armani, as well as being cast in commercials, like his now famous Mountain Dew ad. His athletic background also landed him his first film role, that of a basketball player in Coach Carter.