Like the Bible verses or Greek myths, the Channing Tatum Origin Story is a foundational test that must be passed down through the generations. After working as a male entertainer, his big break was playing a sexy street dancer in Step Up, on the set of which he fell in love with his costar and future wife, Jenna Dewan (now Jenna Dewan Tatum). Fast-forward through many (non-Channing) sequels and a bunch of roles in blockbusters, and Channing is one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars, married to Jenna, and they have a 4-year-old daughter, Everly. (Oh, and he can definitely still dance, or didn't you see Hail, Caesar!?)
But on Monday night, sporting a tie painted by Everly, Channing dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to support his new movie Logan Lucky (directed by his Magic Mike and Side Effects director Steven Soderbergh) and finally revealed details about the time he and Jenna decided to show little Everly the movie in which it all began. Spoiler: It didn't go as planned.
"We're like, this is gonna be really cool, it's got dancing, she's gonna love it," said Channing. "Within 10 seconds she was like, 'Can I watch a real movie? I don't know, like a good one?' And we were like, '...This is a real movie! This is such a real movie they made like seven more of these things! You will watch it! Sit down!' And then like 10 more seconds went by and she was like, 'Please can I watch a real movie?' And we were like, 'Fine! Just put on Moana, I don't even care.'"
Apparently, Everly's aversion to Step Up is the stuff of family legend. Jenna revealed last year that when the movie was on during a family vacation, she tried to get her daughter to watch it, but Everly didn't understand that it was her parents on screen.
Kimmel helpfully suggested that Channing should do a Moana — meaning, voice a character in an animated Disney film — and it gave the actor an amazing idea: do voice-over work for an animated feature, don't tell Everly about it, take her to the movie, and if she likes it, "rub it in her face!"
Actually, Channing has already done a bit of voice-over work for animated features, playing Superman in both The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. Everly, do those count as real movies?