Okay, so this is odd, but I think Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum forgot that they’re famous. There’s no other explanation for how likable they’re coming off in all their post-pregnancy-announcement interviews. How such an attractive couple forgot they were famous, I don’t know. I’m not a scientist. I’m just an award-winning journalist who’s gotten nominated for no less than 14 Pulitzer Prizes (and one Tony by accident).
Here’s what I do know: the couple continues to sound completely normal when talking about the pregnancy in public. It’s downright baffling. Each interview makes them sound more normal than the next. It’s like “hellooooo, you’re very famous and you’re very rich and you’re supposed to say crazy things that you think sound sane, but actually sound like discarded chapters in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Guide to Bringing Up Children Who are Scared of Carbs.”
In an interview in People, they talk about what kind of parents they’re going to be. And twist, they don’t know!
“Who knows what kind of parents we’ll be? We have two dogs, so we’ve had some practice!” Dewan-Tatum, 32, says. “And as soon as this baby comes into the world, Channing and I will figure it out real fast…“I think, ‘How in the world am I going to do all this?’ I have no idea what I’m up against,” she admits. “But I’m as mentally prepared as I can be. It’s an adventure!”
While I haven’t raised any of my own children yet, I hear that this is what it’s like. You can prepare and prepare and prepare and your kid pops out and it all goes out the window. You’re like “I want you to grow up to be a lawyer!” and they’re like “actually, I’m going to grow up to be a blogger who knows a lot more about someone named Honey Boo Boo than I should!” So yeah, it’s a learn-on-the-job kinda thing and it’s silly to have all kinds of uptight plans in place. Especially birthing plans, because according to the movies, there’s never time! Oh, also your beloved OB-GYN is always on vacation.
In a day and age when we’re subjected to Kim Kardashian tossing out baby names for headlines weeks before her bundle of joy comes along, it’s refreshing to hear a couple talk about it all so normally. I don’t want to jinx us here, but I think we may be getting a normal name out of them too. Fingers crossed we’re looking at a Sarah or a Mike or a Selenator.