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Channing Tatum on becoming a first-time dad: It’s terrifying in ‘the most unbelievably beautiful way’

By April Chieffo,

Reigning Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum is preparing himself for a brand new role: fatherhood. The 32-year-old Side Effects actor and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum are expecting their first child together later this year.

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In a new interview, Tatum admits becoming a dad is terrifying.

“I don't think there's one thing that doesn't terrify you, but in the most unbelievably beautiful way," he said in an interview with E! News. "Someone said it's really like watching your heart jump out of your body and run around, and I think that can possibly be the coolest thing that I've heard of."

Tatum adds that though she’s pregnant, Jenna isn’t slowing down at all. He describes his wife as an “animal” and a “machine.”

He said, “Women just sort of turn into like animals in this sort of stage that they're in. She's a complete animal right now! You can ask her, but in the most beautiful like humanistic animal-y way. You know she works out all of the time, eats right, impeccably right. She's just a machine."

The Daily Mail reported Channing and his wife are “really, really excited” about becoming parents, despite being a little nervous. Calling it the “biggest role of my life,” Tatum plans to “slow down” when his baby arrives. Since Jenna isn’t due just yet, she and Channing might want to take Side Effects star Jude Law’s advice and “sleep while you can.”

 
 

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