As conjectured last week, Channing Tatum covers People Magazine’s 2012 Sexiest Man Alive issue as their number one pick.
This follows Tatum being named GQ Magazine’s 2012 Movie Star of the Year and the success of well-selected projects like Magic Mike.
Tatum is the 32-year-old former model lovingly referred to as “Charming Potato” for not being the best actor, although he’s improved, and for being rather… meaty-looking around the face and neck for those to whom it’s apparent he’s largely lost the looks of his 20s (think Coach Carter when he was in his prime). Although he’s still well-liked and even detractors appear to concede they’d take Tatum over some of his peers because he appears sweet, relatable, humble, family-oriented, and didn’t become insufferable and “tortured” as soon as he became famous.
And now he’s topping covers of a few years ago for the likes of Details and GQ with a People’s Sexiest title which is an admittedly predictable pseudo-honour for which he at least appears to be grateful.
Here’s the story and the cover is below that Celebitchy.com notes is a mirrored copy of Brad Pitt’s 1998 Vanity Fair cover by (the late) Herb Ritts for which Tatum is wearing the same outfit down to the exact same style of tailored pants (look at the button on the back).
He may have bared (almost) all of that incredibly chiseled body in this year’s Magic Mike but 2012′s Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum was still modest when he heard the news.
“My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me,’” says Tatum, who married actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum in 2009. “I told Jenna after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked.”
Says the actor: “She was like, ‘What?’”
“Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now,” he adds. And who can blame her?
Her Alabama-bred heartthrob of a husband is also a sculptor who quotes Edgar Allan Poe, loves to give her massages and can’t wait to start their family. “I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” Tatum, 32, says. “The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we’ll see where we go after that.”
“It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids,’” he continues. “Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!’”
Currently training to play an Olympic athlete in next year’s Foxcatcher, Tatum is all heart and muscle at 195 pounds. “I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can’t move well and I like to move,” he says. “When I’m not training, I get really round and soft.”
Which is just fine by his wife. “People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don’t know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is,” says Dewan-Tatum, 31. “He is such an open-hearted person; what you see is what you get.” – via People Magazine.