Channing Tatum confirmed as People’s Sexiest Man Alive, talks babies & dogs

2012 really is The Year of Channing Tatum. And I’m fine with that quite honestly. As Gossip Cop already reported last week, Channing is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012. This comes in the same week that Channing was named GQ’s Movie Star of the Year as well. And… I’m still fine with it! I’ve liked Channing for years now. He’s a good interview, he’s professional, he’s well-liked by Hollywood, he’s got a great body and his acting is actually improving (for real!). While he’s not Oscar-quality or anything, he has potential and I think he does a great job of selecting his projects and working with people who get the best out of him. Plus, I actually find him attractive. I would hit it. He’s funny and he seems like a genuine sweetheart. My mother is probably People Mag’s target audience… and she flat-out ADORES Channing. So, this was a really good choice.

You know how I just said that Channing is a good interview? Well, his “SMA acceptance speech interview” with People is typical Channing – he talks about all of the stuff that ladies love. He talks about his dogs, his wife, his desire for babies and he even sounds a little redneck-y. Which I not-so-secretly love. I’m surrounded by rednecks, and I tend to love them.

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.”

[From People]

I do hope that Channing and Jenna get around to having babies soon, mostly because he’s been talking about it for a while and I think he really wants to be a dad. I don’t know how Jenna feels about it, though. We’ll see. I love when he 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.” So sweet. And I love the skunked-dogs story. Typical Channing.

You can see People Mag’s SMA gallery here – other dudes who made the list: Blake Shelton, Chris Hemsworth, Max Greenfield (from New Girl), Ben Affleck, Richard Gere, Matt Bomer, Oscar Pistorius (YAY!), Denzel Washington, Damian Lewis (they misspelled his name), and Paul Rudd.

UPDATE: I was starring at the People cover trying to figure out why it seemed so familiar to me. It’s a mirror image of an old Vanity Fair cover with Brad Pitt, in a photo taken by the late (great) Herb Ritts. Go here to see. Channing is even wearing the same outfit!

People Magazine cover courtesy of People. Additional photos courtesy of WENN and Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. victoria says:

    Channing if your wife doesn’t want them, I will have your babies.

  2. valleymiss says:

    ZRemember when Jenna was dating Justin Timberlake and they had the “dance-off” against Britney and her crew at that club? Lol Anyway, I was very resistant to The Channing, but damnit if he hasn’t grown on me like a fungus. Between 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, he’s just so likeable! (Btw, the final scene in MM is my favorite of the whole movie…)

  3. Nya says:

    Nope, still seems like one step up from a caveman to me.

  4. Nev says:

    Ahhhh Herb Ritts. Top photographer of all time. Good times!!!!!

  5. Marianne says:

    I figure it would be him, but I was hoping for Chris Hemsowrth. Now he’s a hottie, and he also has had a big year.

    I just don’t find Channing remotely attractive.

  6. Nessa says:

    Aww. Their babies will be so beautiful!!!

  7. Madpoe says:

    that a great story. I can see his wife teasing him like, even the sexiest man alive has to take out the trash and put away the dishes. he sounds like a sweetheart.

  8. Erinn says:

    His wife kind of reminds me of Denise Richards… not what I’d have expected his wife to look like.

  9. Sisi says:

    Richard Gere?!? Isn’t he a little… Past his Hollywood Prime?

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I wrote a nasty letter in 1999/2000 when Richard Gere was chosen. I was so outraged I got published. LOL!

      Normally, I am just like whatever. I was even quiet when they picked Matt Damon but Richard Gere has always turned my stomach for some reason. That time I was just repulsed.

      Richard Gere was past his prime back then, I don’t even know what to call him now? He’s not “hot for an old guy” like Sean Connery was back in the 90s. He’s just old.

  10. Dani says:

    Not a big fan of meat but he’s so beefy in such a hot way if that makes any sense. First issue of People I’ll ever buy.

    PS – love that Richard Gere made it!

  11. Jayna says:

    This should have been the year of Liam Neeson. He had like three or four movies come out this year that all did well at the box office and, thus, we saw a lot of him at red carpets, interviews, etc. Taken 2 worldwide has already earned like
    340 million dollars at the box office in a few months. He has never looked better. He seems to be in a better place griefwise. He’s put back on a little weight.

    He was robbed of this title. LOL

  12. The Original Mia says:

    I love him! So happy for him. He deserves all the accolades. He’s done quite well for himself.

  13. MG says:

    I just don’t find him sexy…at all. I dont know why, he’s cute, has a great body, is likable…but he does nothing for my lady parts. I find men sexy that have some kind of an edge and CT doesn’t have one IMO.

  14. Samigirl says:

    It took me a while to “get” CT, but I’ll be damned if he hasn’t grown on me. My girlfriends and I called this MONTHS ago. Happy for him!

  15. Miss Kiki says:

    YAY! I love Channing. I would climb that like a tree!

  16. Tiffany says:

    I will be picking up an issue of People this week. Swoon!!!

  17. bns says:

    A reliable little birdy told me that he’s actually gay and his marriage is a cover up. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it’s gossipy goodness.

  18. Samantha says:

    He’s sexy because he doesn’t seem to take himself seriously. Well, and he has a great body.

  19. lori says:

    He has mass appeal. He’s the everyman. He’s sexy Homer Simpson.

  20. QQ says:

    CHARMING POTATO HAS US IN HIS THRALL… Fuck!! That ‘Tato is Charming

  21. TQB says:

    aww, he’s such a cutie. I hope for babies soon, too. I will paper the walls of my bedroom with pictures of shirtless Channing holding an infant.

  22. keats says:

    Of all of the writers in the world, he quotes POE?! how dramatic.

  23. Sarah says:

    Love him and great choice but I hate the cover. IMO he needs to be in no shirt at all or a dress shirt and tie. The wife beater is really not doing it for me

  24. Sarah says:

    Love him and great choice but I hate the cover. IMO he needs to be in no shirt at all or a dress shirt and tie. The wife beater is really not doing it for me. I guess I’ll have to buy the magazine and look inside for better pics ;)

  25. sinjin says:

    your wrong ive seen better looking men he looks like hes become great friends with the bong ,his wife is a pretty lady

  26. Kim says:

    Whatever, after 16 years (Denzel) it would be nice to see a non White sexiest man on cover.I guess it wouldn’t sell.

  27. bluhare says:

    Blake Shelton was in the running? Blake Shelton??? Are you kidding me?

    • Happy21 says:

      +1

      LMAO, I was just scrolling down to type pretty much this exact statement. Blake Shelton is not sexy in even the slightest way. Eww. He smiles and he looks like a ferret. Eww. Just no, big no. Guess he got in the running from the Miranda and he cover from the other week.

  28. Sweet Dee says:

    So he’s 6’1″ and 195? That’s good to know. My bf and I have been slimming down slowly (on purpose) for about a year now and he’s trying to plan out what his maintenance weight will be. I’ll bet this frame is what he wants, not too bulky, not too wiry and they’re the same height. He’s like 211 now but since we’re eating little calories he has only been maintaining muscle mass…so he’ll have to go down lower to lose the fat and then regain the muscle, which he’s planning on anyway.

    Put his head on Channing’s body…yess I’ll take it. I need a future-body avatar for myself now. Who’s 5’5″ and nicely ripped for a girl?

    Mmm, future-hot.

  29. Jenna says:

    Eh. I mean I like his movies, but…sexiest man alive AND GQ’s movie star of the year? Nope.

  30. Abby says:

    Y’all, I’m going to get sentimental for a minute. My mom was the one that fell in love with Channing first. I remember her calling me at college to tell me about that “handsome boy” in She’s The Man and how I needed to watch. She loved watching movies more than anything. The last movie we watched together was the Eagle- a Channing tatum movie. She passed away last year. This People story is totally a monent she and I would have loved.

    Sigh. Happy for Channing and Jenna. :-)

  31. Abby says:

    Y’all, I’m going to get sentimental for a minute. My mom was the one that fell in love with Channing first. I remember her calling me at college to tell me about that “handsome boy” in She’s The Man and how I needed to watch. She loved watching movies more than anything. The last movie we watched together was the Eagle- a Channing tatum movie. She passed away last year. This People story is totally a moment she and I would have loved.

    Sigh. Happy for Channing and Jenna. :-)

  32. dj says:

    I like him because he is not perfect looking (a.k.a. a pretty boy). He is manly looking. I became a fan after 21 Jump Street any man that can make me laugh is good! Plus, it seems like other people really like him (Magic Mike co-stars) which is also telling. Sounds like he has a nice wife too.

  33. rose says:

    His wife said she doesnt want kids because she want s to focus on her career. Bitch give the man some babies. I would glad do.

    http://www.gq.com/video/videos/channing-tatum-men-of-the-year-video-dancing

    looks hot dancin for GQ

  34. pearls to pigs says:

    …he is like watching vanilla pudding in the rain…….bland bland bleh

    now if it was tom hardy or idris elba or
    mikey fassey…..pow!pop!ping!

    peoples has the WORSE taste in men

  35. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    He’s fug and charisma-less to me. Giant potato head. lol

    And Brad Pitt did that cover better.

  36. UhhuhDUH says:

    Cro Magnon man makes a come back! This dude is totally a knuckle-dragging proto-human. He can baring string together sentence between guttural grunts.

    Next year a Neanderthal man will be People’s Sexist Man Alive because he grunted, shimmied and took his clothes off while keeping the best.

  37. KellyinSeattle says:

    I have to say I rarely, if ever, agree with People’s choices in sexiest men alive. Most of them are so bland.

  38. annabelle says:

    I’m totally with you Kaiser.

    I fell in love with him in Step Up and never looked back. Any man who can move like that, give great interview and seems to genuinely love his wife is a-okay in my book.

  39. Kim says:

    The lady from People magazine said the editors and writers select the guys for this. issue.

  40. Melissa says:

    Hey – he’s got freckles on his shoulders! Channing, we have so much in common – why don’t you come over and we can show each other our freckles? You have them on more than your shoulders, don’t you?

  41. Samantha says:

    I like Channing as an actor but as far as clinching the title of ‘Sexiest Man Alive’,give me a break.I tend not to ever agree with People and their choices but I see that this year is an exception given that Matt Bomer made the list.Personally,I DO think he is way more deserving of that title and should have been on the cover instead.It simply goes without saying,perfection at its finest.

  42. dee says:

    There is nothing remotely interesting about this man. I’m glad he’s a nice guy and professional and all but you’d need tools capable of measuring at the molecular level to find any charisma in his general vicinity.

  43. JFerber says:

    Please, ladies, Channing Tatum richly deserves the honor. His ass alone richly deserves the honor.

  44. cr says:

    I like Channing, and this is a better choice than last year, but for this and the 50 Most Beautiful People, they seem to be just phoning it in now.

    • lisa2 says:

      Everything you said. And the public agrees. I don’t think any of the past 5 or so choices have been big sellers.

      • cr says:

        It’s a combination of their choices for both lists-which are increasingly boring-and the actual physical magazine, which just doesn’t seem to be as put together or interesting as it used to be.
        Even if I didn’t like their choice for the top, I always enjoyed thumbing through the issue. Now, I haven’t bought one in years, it’s just not an ‘event’ issue the way it used to be.

  45. Tania says:

    Has he tweaked the bridge of his nose?

  46. LittleDeadGirl says:

    He’s so incredibly boring and I’ve not seen a movie where his acting was inspiring in the least. I’m not upset cause I hate People magazine but GQ … movie star of the year? I can think of so many better choices …

  47. Trice says:

    He is so hit or miss for me. Sometimes I think he looks super hot & sometimes I just can’t see it to save my life. Sexiest Man Alive? No, just “Sexiest Man in the room once in awhile, on a good day.”

  48. kingkayski says:

    My neighbours gardener looks more sexier than this potato head.I think Peoples should stop this nonsense sexiest man alive thing because they’re getting worse and worse every year.

  49. carrie says:

    i don’t care because People’s Sexiest Man is all RP game and ego

  50. Petra says:

    People magazine can’t find any sexy non-white men to put on its cover. What about Barack Obama, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Giles Marini. ALL of these men are SEXY. Get with the times; stop being so racist.