Channing Tatum got his ''biggest break'' in 'Step Up'.

The 'Magic Mike XXL' star has admitted he never thought of himself as a dancer before taking on the leading role in the 2006 film.

He shared: ''I got my biggest break in 'Step Up'. I never had any training, I never looked at myself as a dancer. I didn't know how to count music before that movie.

''I was tired of being the tall skinny white kid who didn't know how to dance. I've always loved movement. I used to watch breakdancing and I'd just mimic it.''

The 35-year-old star also revealed he used to take on roles which he thought he could do better than anyone else but has since lightened up on that a little, going for challenging roles too.

He told 48 Hours magazine: ''Early in my career, I looked for characters that I thought I could do - much less do well. It was, 'All right, what can I do so well, better than anyone else?'

''But I've moved beyond that. I've learned a lot about storytelling; that you can't be in a good movie without a good story. Even if this character is cool, or good, why is this story being told? That's where I begin. I'm not doing a one-man show, where your character is the show. Ultimately, it's the story that people are going to go and see.''