Channing Tatum forced to get an education by mean dad

Jun 4, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. ET

Channing Tatum says he has learned from his parents' mistakes what makes a good dad — but one complaint he has about his own upbringing is kind of crazy.

Channing Tatum

Everyone has things about their upbringing that they wish had been different. Whether it be they wish Daddy hugged them more or that Mom let the dog sleep in their bed, they have their own chance to do it their way when they become parents. Now it's Channing Tatum's turn — he welcomed daughter Everly into the world last weekend — and he's revealing what he definitely will not do now that the responsibility is on his shoulders.

But his complaint is a strange one. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the Magic Mike actor said he resents the fact that he was forced to — gasp! — get an education. The horror!

"They weren’t perfect," he told the mag of his mom and dad. "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," he said of his planned parenting style. "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 education. He forced that on me, and I didn't want it."

Not an education! Anything but that!

Turns out though that the actor's main beef is that his learning disability left him struggling in school, and the medication that was supposed to help him succeed left him in a zombie-like state.

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"I truly believe some people need medication," he said. "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."

Read the complete interview with Channing Tatum in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

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