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Tatum: Don’t mess with my sister!

Published 10/08/2015

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum learned to be tough from his father and his older sister.

The 35-year-old actor has played the action hero on a number of occasions in films like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and White House Down. But growing up, the hunk had to rely on his older sister Paige to get him out of sticky situations.

“I mean, she was six years older, but she was the toughest, scariest person I've met in my entire life. And probably still is,” he confessed to the British edition of GQ. “Whenever I had scuffles or fights, I was like, ‘yo, bro, don't make me get my sister, man’. They would say, 'Screw your sister!' And so I would get her. She came to my rescue so many times it was crazy.”

Channing spent his childhood in Mississippi before moving to Florida as a teenager. He learnt to develop his inner strength not only from Paige, but from his dad Glenn. His father was a roofer who broke his back after falling through one, but that didn’t stop him walking his son to soccer practice every day despite the extreme pain it left him in.

“And every time he had to come in afterwards and basically lay down for the rest of the day, because it was so taxing,” Channing recalled. “It's only now I really understand how much it took.”

The star has had his own battles to contend with, having being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD. Channing admits he quit college as a consequence but soon found he had a knack for learning in a different, non-academic way.

“I'm not good at doing something arbitrarily,” he said. “I need to fully understand why it's useful. But then I'm really good at it. I can throw myself wholeheartedly into it, doing it again and again until I've got it right."

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