Tatum is currently filming Magic Mike XXL and knows what it means to be a stripper. The original film, released in 2012, was based on Tatum's past life as a stripper. He revealed that he got used to women grabbing him, but remembers a few disturbing moments — including one that occurred while he was giving a lap dance.
"The lady goes, 'Oh my God! Look at you! You remind me of my nephew!' — and then grabs me," Tatum remembered, according to Us Weekly. "It hit me like a hand grenade. It was like tick, tick, tick, boom: She's grabbing my butt and saying, 'You remind me of my nephew.'"
The nature of his job was difficult for Tatum to manage and he said at times he turned to drugs. But Tatum doesn't admit to ever having a problem.
"I wouldn't say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn't doing anything habitually," he reasoned. "Just experimenting. Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones — crack or heroin. I never OD'd or anything. Never." As for cocaine? "Maybe a couple times, but that was later. Drinking was probably the biggest [thing]. I didn't look at drinking as a problem. It wasn't at that point, and I still don't think it's a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, 'Let's go out and have a great time.'"
Tatum said that even though his parents always provided for him, he felt that he had to make his own living and stripping was a way to do that. He has come a long way since then and says his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, may be the only reason he got to where he is.
"I [had] a lot of anger in me. 'I hate this industry,' or whatever," he said of when he started out in Hollywood. "Because it was frustrating. When things aren't easy, you go, 'Oh, I don't need this.' And I think [Jenna] made me realize that that was really just me being afraid."
You can see Tatum next in Magic Mike XXL, out in theaters July 1, 2015.
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