By now, the story of Channing Tatum's rise to fame is Hollywood lore: He started out as a male stripper before breaking into modeling and then, a few years later, acting, and the rest is history. And while Tatum has since been very upfront about his stripper past — his experiences served as inspiration for Magic Mike — you might think he would've waited a few dates before sharing that piece of background information with now-wife Jenna Dewan Tatum. But you would be wrong.
While attending the premiere of upcoming HBO documentary War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend, for which he served as executive producer, Tatum spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how he decided to come clean to Jenna about his past very early on in their relationship. "I think it was one of the very first, like, dinners that we ever had together," he said. "I don't know. I'm not shy about it. She was just like, 'What?' She needed to know, just like everybody."
Tatum added that his Step Up costar was overall unfazed by the big reveal, and moved on more quickly than other people he had previously told. "Weirdly enough, girls ask less questions than guys do," he said. "Guys want to know everything about it, like, 'What? How much? When? Were you naked?'" And when Reid Carolin, Tatum's friend and co-producer of Magic Mike and War Dog, noted that he was indeed curious about how much Tatum made as a dancer, the actor quipped, "For what I was doing for the dollar, not enough of the dollars."
Tatum and Dewan Tatum have always been extremely open about the hilarious ups and downs of their decade-long relationship. Earlier this year, the World of Dance mentor told Ellen DeGeneres that her now-husband first asked her out while wearing an … interesting ensemble. "He had gone out with all of the dancers on Step Up and had this crazy wild tequila night, and he said he had the chance 'to be free' and he couldn't stop thinking about me," she said. "So he comes down to my hotel room at two in the morning, and he's banging on the door, and I'm like, 'What is going on?' And I go and open the door and he's in a sombrero, he's naked — no, sorry, he has underwear — underwear, sombrero, and Ugg boots, and he's like, 'Let's do this.'"