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Channing Tatum: Study drugs depressed me

Channing Tatum says being forced to take medication to help his studies left him depressed and soulless.

The actor's father pushed him into education and put him on medication for learning disabilities, even though he struggled with academia.

Channing has recently become a father himself and will never force his daughter to pursue something that isn't her dream.

“I read so slow. If I have a script I’m going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I’ll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardised tests geared towards just one kind of child. I truly believe some people need medication,” Channing revealed to Vanity Fair magazine.

“I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soulless. I’d never do it to my child.”

Channing and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed their first child, a girl named Everly, into the world last week. The actor doesn't think you can anticipate what raising children will be like, and believes his own parents set the best example they could.

“I don’t think you can prepare. It’s a bit of a freestyle,” he contemplated.

“[My parents raised me] for better and worse. They weren’t perfect. I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole ‘I don’t want you to make the same mistakes’ mentality. My dad didn’t have much money growing up; he didn’t have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn’t want it.”

Channing reflected on the nature of celebrity. The actor discovered his career in the film industry when he was already in his 20s. He thinks those who become famous at an early point in their lives find it much harder.

“I don’t remember who said it, but I do believe that whatever age you become famous, you end up staying that age. Because from that point you’re not asked to be a normal citizen," Channing continued.

“I worry about [Justin] Bieber, man. That kid’s wildly talented. I hope he doesn’t fall down into the usual ways of young kids because it’s so hard for someone to be responsible when they’re not asked to be. We’re not asked to do things ourselves. You have someone there with a coffee. ‘You want food? I’ll get you food.’"

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