Yesterday Channing Tatum and his White House Down co-star Jamie Foxx went on Un Nuevo Dia and learned to salsa. Just like that. A quick little salsa lesson. While I’m still working on breaking out my middle-school-style step ‘n sway routine, Channing’s picking up dance moves like he’s auditioning for an all-star season of Dancing with the Stars. Sure he struggled to pick it up for the first 3 milliseconds. But then he’s like “oh a little step there, a little step here and a hip side-to-side and we’re in, we’re salsaing. WE ARE SALSA-IN PEOPLE!”
Here’s the thing about Channing Tatum. He seduces you by surprise. For the last few years I tried to understand why women went wild for him and I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Sure he has a great body, but are we really that shallow? Do we really settle for any guy who can step it up (and step it up again)? Do we really have such low standards now? These are the questions that kept me awake at night, the questions that continued to challenge me day in and day out until one day I looked up at my bullentin board and realized I’d Carrie Mathison-ed Channing Tatum. Red strings criss-crossed the entire diagram and I still had no answers as to why people fell head over heels in love with the guy. Elephant in the room: he’s not an award-winning actor.
Then recently I realized that I was looking for answers in all the wrong places. Like the popular boy in a late ’90s movie, I’d completely disregarded his personality — which turns to be pretty amazing. Throughout all his recent White House Down promotions, he’s proven to be a pretty funny guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. I mean, I Wanna Channing All Over Your Tatum, that ish is hilarious and it’s fun and it’s silly and it doesn’t require any long nights poring over the books to understand.
So watch and enjoy as he learns to salsa. Because if Channing’s taught me anything this morning, it’s the value of being game for whatever’s thrown in your face. I’m just kidding, he’s actually taught me that I’m a pretty horrid dancer. He picks up moves in minutes and I’m seriously still working on one move — and that’s to not like I’m getting electric shock therapy every time I let loose.
(In case the video below’s not working, click here to see the magic!)