Channing Tatum: Career
Channing Tatum was cast as a dancer in the video for Ricky Martin's 'She Bangs' in 2000 after auditioning for the job in Orlando, Florida. He also began working in the fashion industry, modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch and Armani. Tatum then moved into TV commercials, for companies such as Pepsi and Mountain Dew. Tatum credits his modeling career as having given him the freedom to pursue his interests in life and making his family's lives easier, as they do not have to worry about him.
Channing Tatum's first serious acting role came in 2004, when he appeared in CSI: Miami, a move which then prompted him to pursue acting full time. The following year, his first feature film role came when he landed the role of Jason Lyle in Coach Carter. Tatum played the role of a basketball player, opposite Samuel L. Jackson's title character. The song 'Hope' by the rapper Twista, accompanied the movie and Tatum also starred in the video for that.
Channing Tatum then starred in Supercross, a film about a factory-endorsed motocross racer, playing the role of Randy Sparks. He was initially selected to play the role of Genghis Khan in Mongol but was eventually replaced by Tadanobu Asano. He went on, however, to play the lead male role in the 2006 romantic comedy She's the Man, alongside Amanda Bynes.
Calling on his previous experience as a dancer, Channing Tatum was then asked to play the role of a rebellious hip-hop dancer, who teams up with a ballerina, in Step Up. It was on the set of Step Up that he met his wife, Jenna Dewan, who played the role of the ballerina. The film became a global success, earning $114 million worldwide. Tatum was then cast in A Guide To Recognising Your Saints, along with Robert Downey Jr, Shia LeBeouf and Dianne Wiest. Tatum acknowledges that his performance as a street youth was his first serious dramatic role and landed him positive reviews from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. His performance also landed him an Independent Spirit Award for 'Best Supporting Actor.'
Channing then went on to appear in the 2008 film Stop-Loss, directed by Kimberly Pierce, about US soldiers returning home from the Iraq war. The film also stars Ryan Phillippe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This was followed with a role in Battle in Seattle, about the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. In that movie, he shared screen time with Andre Benjamin and Jennifer Carpenter.
Channing teamed up once more with Dito Montiel (with whom he worked on A Guide to Recognising Your Saints), to create Fighting, playing the role of Sean McArthur, a ticket counterfeit-turned-bare knuckle fighter. A more high-profile role then came along when he featured in Michael Mann's Public Enemies, with Christian Bale and Johnny Depp. Taking a slightly more low-brow role, he then went on to appear in GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, with Dennis Quaid.
In Dear John, Channing played the role of a soldier, opposite Amanda Seyfried, before reprising his partnership with Dito Montiel for The Brotherhood of the Rose, though the development process saw the release date for the film pushed back from 2010 to 2013.
Whilst he was filming for The Eagle, Channing Tatum suffered serious burns when a crew member poured boiling water into his wetsuit, having forgotten to mix the hot water with cold water from the river. He continued filming for the movie, which was released in 2011 and also starred Jamie Bell.
Tatum went on to feature in the action movie Haywire which stars the former martial arts champion Gina Carano, as well as Ewan McGregor and Antonio Banderas. Channing Tatum then appeared in a remake of the 1987 film 21 Jump Street, along with the comic actor Jonah Hill.
Channing Tatum: Personal Life
Channing Tatum married the actress Jenna Dewan in 2009, in Malibu California They began dating shortly after they finished filming Step Up.