It’s official! People has named Channing Tatum their Sexiest Man Alive 2012, replacing last year’s cover man Bradley Cooper. Like his predecessor, Channing came across as bashful and surprised at the honor. “My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me,’” he confessed. ”I told [wife] Jenna [Dewan-Tatum] after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked. She was like, ‘What?’ Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now.”
No surprise there! Even if the news hadn’t gotten leaked early, we couldn’t imagine anyone else being named Sexiest Man Alive, not after the year that Channing has had. Of course, he’s been in Hollywood since 2006, but it seems that all of his fans have come to know who he is at different points in the last six years.
To that end, Channing has embodied several different characters, from action star to comic relief to leading man. With that in mind, here’s your guide to what the moment you fell in love with Channing says about you.
When he… helped a ballerina (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) by injecting her routine with his street moves.
You were… regretting your choice of major in college/post-college job.
When he… stayed in touch with his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) through letters in a way that The Notebook failed to do.
You were… watching your long-distance-relationship fall apart.
When he… dedicated everything to making his amnesiac wife (Rachel McAdams) remember their life together, going so far as to let her go so she could find herself again.
You were… ready to give up on love until you realized that there are guys out there who will actually fight for you.
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When he… displayed incredible comedic timing playing a jocky cop who falls in with the nerds.
You were… realizing you like funny guys.
When he… was a male stripper with a heart of gold and sustainable business plan, if only a bank would give him the loan to get his custom furniture business off the ground.
You were… horny.
When he… mocked other hot guys in pop culture, including his Magic Mike co-star Matthew McConaughey with some truly masterful bongo playing.
You were… about to embark on a GIF-making career.
When he… basically played out his love story with wife Jenna on-screen.
You were… realizing you fell for a guy you can never have—but, thanks to the beauty of Hollywood, can still watch to your heart’s content!
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