Channing Tatum opens up about stripper past

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Channing Tatum Opens Up About Stripper Past

If you've seen the film "Magic Mike," you know that actor Channing Tatum knows a thing or two about being a male stripper. That's because the 34-year-old used to be a male stripper, a fact he's never been shy about sharing.

In a recent interview with "New York Times T Magazine," he explained how his experience as an erotic dancer has only helped his career. He said, "Being a stripper exposed me to a lot of people I might never have met, and that has turned out to be a gift. There are lots of characters I feel I can play as a result."

Tatum worked as a stripper in Florida when he was in his late teens, under the stage name "Chan Crawford." His experience was actually the inspiration for the 2012 comedy-drama "Magic Mike," which will be getting a sequel sometime in 2015 titled "Magic Mike XXL."

He recently spoke with "People Magazine" about the sequel, and confessed that he has to run all his stripper moves by his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, for approval.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Actor Channing Tatum arrives to the 12th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian/starmaxinc.com �2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/20/09 Channing Tatum at the premiere of "Fighting". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Channing Tatum, from the new film "GI Joe: Rise of Cobra," appears on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Actor Channing Tatum, a cast member in "The Son of No One," poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Actress Gina Carano, right, and actor Channing Tatum arrive at the premiere of the feature film "Haywire" in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Elton John, left, and actor Channing Tatum perform together during the Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Channing Tatum attends the premiere of "Side Effects" hosted by the Cinema Society and Open Road Films on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
American actor Channing Tatum poses during the photocall of 'Asalto al Poder' ('White House Down') at Casa de las Alhajas' in Madrid, Spain. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Channing Tatum arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Co-stars Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill, right, pose for a portrait in promotion of their new film "22 Jump Street," on Thurs., June 5, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
In this Nov. 11, 2014 file photo, actor Channing Tatum attends a special screening of "Foxcatcher," hosted by the Cinema Society with Details and Brooks Brothers, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. As many as six aspiring filmmakers will appear on next year’s Academy Awards, and Tatum will help them get there. Oscar producers said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, they’re bringing back the Team Oscar program that invites young filmmakers to play a role in the Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from "Magic Mike." Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer play fire men, cops and other exaggerated versions of hyper-masculine characters in the Steven Soderbergh film, and they say preparing for their parts and performing nearly nude for the dozens of female extras who populated the fake Club Xquisite gave the actors insight into women's grooming, undergarments and approach to carnal fantasy. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claudette Barius)
Channing Tatum arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0161 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1611 'Channing Tatum' -- Pictured: Channing Tatum -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC
Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill arrive at the premiere of "22 Jump Street" at the Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Channing Tatum attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
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