Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Channing Tatum 'won gene lottery'

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum says he won the "genetic lottery".

The actor thanks his parents for passing on their good looks to him and believes this helped him break into Hollywood. However, the star realises he needs more than a pretty face to continue to enjoy success.

"I just don't get it when I hear people say, 'I'm fighting my looks! I'm too pretty!'" Channing explained to UK newspaper The Times. "My parents are great looking people, and I won the genetic lottery there. And yes, you get more jobs because of those good genes. But your looks can't define you forever. Your acting will do it eventually."

The story behind Channing's rise to fame is quite extraordinary and he admits acting was something that never crossed his mind. His colourful past is the basis for the storyline of his new movie Magic Mike. Channing worked as a male stripper in the 90s, just one of the jobs he had before landing film roles.

"My looks got me into the industry, but it's taken me eight years to figure out the acting part," Channing added. "I never wanted to be an actor, and I had no artistic ambitions growing up. It all just fell into my lap."

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