Following the box office success of “Magic Mike,” it’s no wonder Channing Tatum is taking home this year’s coveted title of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2012.
But the choice wasn’t so obvious to the 32-year-old actor himself.
In fact, Tatum tells the magazine, he had to do a double-take when he heard the news.
“My first thought was, ‘Ya’ll are messing with me,’” he said. “I told (my wife) Jenna (Dewan-Tatum) after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked.
“She was like, ‘What?’ … she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now.”
Once she got past the initial shock, however, Dewan-Tatum, 31, told the magazine she couldn’t agree more with their choice.
“People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don’t know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is,” she said of her husband of three years. “He is such an open-hearted person; what you see is what you get.”
Not that the “Magic Mike” actor, who is set to star as an Olympic athlete in upcoming film “Foxcatcher,” isn’t aware of his appeal as a hunky leading man on-screen.
“I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can’t move well and I like to move,” he said of how he keeps his toned body in shape. “When I’m not training, I get really round and soft.”
In addition to acting, Tatum also sculpts, quotes Edgar Allen Poe and loves to give his wife massages, People reports.
The Alabama native is also looking to start his own clan of good-looking children.
“I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” he said of taking the next step. “The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we’ll see where we go after that.
“It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want like 15 kids.’ Jenna will be like, ‘Well you better get another wife!’”