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American Actor and Former Model – Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum, born April 26, 1980 in Cullman, Alabama is an American actor and former model.
After beginning his career as a fashion model, he has branched out into acting roles, appearing in the films Havoc (2005), Coach Carter (2005), Supercross (2005), She’s the Man, then Step Up, and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, all of which were released in 2006.
Channing Tatum, an image that represents the new generation of hip and urban sensation is taking over America by surprise. A face with well defined jaw-line, a clean shaven head, and a race car dive that is full of energy and edginess in the Mountain Dew commercial 2002 give Channing all the attention that he can handle.
Channing is a southern boy born in Alabama. He was oldest of eight children in an affluent family in Alabama that moved to South Dakota. He was shipped off to a boarding school in 9th grade. At the age of six, his family moved to Mississippi where he had many fun memories of his childhood. Channing stills spends his summer time with his grandparents back in Alabama to constantly remind his roots. Due to Channing’s tough and sometimes troublesome boyish nature, his parents sent him to a military school in grade nine.
Channing’s love for football and his athleticism eventually won him an athletic scholarship to play college football in West Virginia. His college football career didn’t turn out to be promising, which ended with Channing dropping out of school. For the next a little while, Channing had worked for a pet nursery, in construction, as a mortgage broker, and at the cologne counter and clothing store. Channing first experience with entertainment industry came when he was casted in Ricky Martin’s video “She Bangs”. He plays a kid with the platinum Mohawk.
While he was still getting over his platinum hair dude, a model friend in Miami introduced him to some local agencies, where he moved and started his modeling career. Channing’s initial reaction to modeling was not so optimistic, instead his aspiration was to be an actor. After a period of struggle, Channing’s pictures were sent to Jason Kanner, a New York City modeling agent at Major Models. Jason persuaded Channing to move to New York to advance his career in the print world. Channing has since been seen on the pages of Vogue Magazine, the cover of Out magazine, Citizen K, Contents, Elegance Magazine, and NY Times Fashion insert, and he was one of the Tear Sheet Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful faces (October 2001).
Channing has worked extensively in Paris, Milan and New York in various campaigns such as Nautica, Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle and Emporio Armani. Channing can be seen in television commercials as well, such as Pepsi (“Scratching”), American Eagle, and of course Mountain Dew (“Drive”).
Besides all the obvious that Channing has to offer, his personality and financial independence are well praised by the people he has worked with. “Channing Tatum was a pleasure from day one,” are the strong words from the president of Paige Parks modeling agency. His versatility and the ability to be self-dependent give his agencies the freedom and power to manage his career at even higher level.
Tatum stands 6′ 1-1/2″ tall, and is a true Tauran — “kind of animalistic,” as he later confides. Part native American, part Irish and part French, he has all the pride, charm and passion that ancestry implies. What’s clear is that he’s going places, fast. But it all began where he was born, in a tiny little town just outside of Montgomery, Alabama, called Culman.
“I left Alabama when I was very young,” Channing says as he sits down to chat. “But all my mom’s family is there and we still have land, so I go back just about every summer. It’s been a little bit more difficult the past two years just because I’ve been so busy.”
Do you still have childhood memories?
From where my grandmother Nana and my Papa used to live. I loved my Nana and my Papa. They were my roots. Every summer my folks sent me off to the country to stay with them, hoping to keep me out of trouble. And you know grandparents are so real they don’t even know how to be fake. They never bother saying what you want to hear, they just say “this is the way it is.” I’d get up to something and they would just look at me and shake their heads and say: “Oh Channing …”
You said you left Alabama at an early age?
When I was six we moved to Mississippi. We lived on the bayou actually, right on the Mississippi River, and that’s where a lot of my early memories come from.
What was it like?
All the rattlesnakes and alligators a boy could possibly chase, fishing every day, Pop Warner football league, stuff like that. It was one of those kinds of settings. I’m not a country bumpkin hillbilly, but I do love the outdoors, totally.
Interview courtesy: Sean Bickerton
Tatum has branched out into a professional acting career, first appearing in a 2004 episode of CSI: Miami. His first feature film role was in 2005’s high-school drama, Coach Carter, playing Jason Lyle, a basketball player opposite Samuel L. Jackson; Tatum also appeared in Twista’s “Hope” music video, which accompanied the film. In the same year, Tatum had an uncredited bit role in War of the Worlds, as well as supporting parts in the films Supercross and Havoc. Although Tatum has said that he “love[s] modeling”, he has taken a break from the profession to concentrate on his acting career, saying that he prefers making movies.
Tatum unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. The film’s producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, noticed Tatum and cast him in the film She’s the Man, where he plays the love interest of a character played by Amanda Bynes. The film opened on March 17, 2006.
Tatum’s next role will be in director Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss, about a soldier returning home from the Iraq War.
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