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)
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
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)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Channing Tatum arrives at Variety and WWD 2nd Annual StyleMakers Awards at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
66 Berlin Film Festival Channing Tatum during the photocall of the film Heil Caesar (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Channing Tatum attends the 'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
66 Berlin Film Festival Channing Tatum during the photocall of the film Heil Caesar (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum attend the Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Robert Forester, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Zoe Bell at the Quentin Tarantino Immortalized With Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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)
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