Handsome actor Channing Tatum has been blessed with many things: cartoon-like abs, dancing ability, a Magic Mike sequel. But according to Tatum himself, one thing our Lord above did not grant him was brains. "I have never considered myself a very smart person," he tells T magazine this week.
I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons. Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, Okay, so this is where I'm at. Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, All right, I'm obviously not like these kids either. So you're kind of nowhere. You're just different. The system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.
That last point is a good one. And don't worry—despite America's broken educational system, Chan has still learned a lot throughout his life. He has his own system, kind of like learning by osmosis. He gets into people's brains: "I can look at a person and say, They've got something that I want up there in their head. I'm going to do my best to get in there and absorb it. My mom said, 'Be a sponge.' And so I've learned more from people than I have from school or from books."
Recently, Tatum's wife Jenna Dewan bought him sculpting lessons from a classical teacher, which he is enjoying.
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