Channing Tatum has found great success in the tough game that is acting. He's insanely talented and is arguably one of the most bankable stars today. But beneath all of his glamour and star appeal, he's first and foremost a devoted family man. The actor hasn't been shy about sharing his love for his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and their four-year-old daughter, Everly. Considering how open he is about his own life, it's not too surprising (but nonetheless interesting) that he's opening up about the important role his family has on his career.
To give you some background, Tatum hasn't always had an easy time with his career choices. He's been involved in several financial and critical duds like The Eagle, White House Down, the G.I. Joe series and most recently, Jupiter Ascending. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly to promote his next big screen outing, Logan Lucky, the actor opened up about those missteps:
"I've done things where I thought they were going to be financially successful, and they failed. For me, the only thing I can be super sure of at the end of the day is whether I'm proud that I made the movie, even if it never comes out."
He Always Puts His Family First
Those disappointments have shaped Tatum's mindset about choosing roles in a surprising way. The actor revealed that nowadays he makes up his mind about a project by thinking whether the time he'll invest in it will be worth not spending more time with his family:
"When you start worrying about what the outcome is more than what you're making, it's really tough to make something that is pure. At the end of my life, when I have to look at my daughter in the face and go, 'Daddy took time out of our lives, out of our relationship, to go do something,' it better be worth it. It better not just be for money."
Ok, I was a big fan of Tatum, but this quote sold me even more on him because there's a beautiful message in that statement. Acting is a tough job and it can be incredibly time-consuming at that. That he values his time and the time of his family to the point that it guides his career only proves he is a dedicated and compassionate family man. What matters to him is whether the movie was worth spending his time on, time which otherwise he could have dedicated to his family.
Fortunately, while no actor is immune to the occasional movie disappointment, there's no denying that Tatum has been enjoying an amazing streak of successful projects. Just in the past three years, he's worked in hits like The Lego Movie, Foxcatcher, The Hateful Eight, 22 Jump Street, Magic Mike XXL and he's starring in the highly-anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Looking at that impressive slate, I'd say Tatum's refreshing mindset when picking work has definitely paid off.
What do you think about Channing Tatum's comments regarding his work? Do you agree or disagree with him? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]