As Channing Tatum’s wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum is the envy of women worldwide.
The new mom still makes time to advance her career and the causes near to her heart.
Here’s all you need to know about the 33-year-old actress.
1. She Met Her Husband, Channing Tatum, on the Set of ‘Step Up’
The couple married in 2009 in Malibu.
They met while filming the 2006 dance flick, in which she played an uptight dancer and Tatum was a teen who vandalized her school.
In 2013, they welcomed a daughter to the world, named Everly, and Dewan-Tatum’s priorities shifted.
She told Us Weekly about her new role, saying, “The things that used to maybe worry [me] … [were] replaced by just caring and being there for this little baby.”
The experience of being parents has strengthened their union:
As a whole, it just forces you to become a little closer, because you have to be on the same page with everything when it comes to making decisions.
Even after years of marriage, Dewan-Tatum still finds her husband “pretty damn sexy.”
They still have great on-screen chemistry and reunited for the film Ten Years, and she told Wonderwall about the new experience:
We ended up just playing. We felt very playful. We improvised a lot of scenes and figured it out as we went. It was sort of like we got to go to the set and just play.
As her husband’s career skyrocketed, she said:
I’m so proud of Chan and what he has accomplished. He deserves every little bit of success that he gets because he’s a really wonderful person and a great husband. He’s just very supportive in all ways.
Her career hasn’t exploded like her husband’s, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
…it’s never been a competition. It’s never been anything like that for us. We are just really supportive of each other.
2. She Started as a Backup Dancer for Janet & Joined Her at Strip Clubs
At the time, the 19-year-old accompanied Janet Jackson to strip clubs, after their performances.
I don’t know what it is, but her whole thing after the show is, ‘Let’s go to a strip club!’ Everyone wants to go to strip clubs all over the world. The thing is, I was 19 and I was on tour and I was completely naïve, hadn’t seen the world… We went to gay strip clubs. It was kind of crazy.
She danced for 25 years, and when asked if she still keeps up with her talent, she said:
It’s always sort of there, which is really wonderful. It takes you a little bit, maybe a few classes or a few hours, to get your body back to where you’re in dancing shape, but it’s always sort of right there for me. It’s kind of right under the surface.
3. She’s a Sorority Girl
At her high school, back in Texas, she was a varsity cheerleader and prom queen.
Her first drinking experience was in high school, and she told Vulture:
My first go at drinking did not go so well. [Laughs.] I ended up getting sick in front of everybody. You know that Ginuwine song “Pony”? It was playing at the party while I was getting sick. My entire senior year, everyone sang that around me. For a year. I would like that erased from my memory.
She also talked to movieline about not attending her high school reunion:
I was actually working at the time so I wasn’t able to make it to my own reunion, but I had the same thought. I thought, Should I go? I sort of see the people I want to when I go home to Texas, but it would be nice to see the other people… I just wanted to see how certain things changed.
4. She’s Into Animal Rights
In the above video she made for PETA, she revealed that she does not purchase any accessories made from animal skin.
She actually had snake-like bodypaint applied to make it clear that millions of snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles are killed for their skins for the fashion industry.
— Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennaldewan) March 10, 2014
5. She Had Sex With Adam Levine on a Rusty Table
Dewan-Tatum played Adam Levine’s wife in American Horror story. Their first scene involved having sex on a rusty table.
The Maroon 5 singer didn’t have a problem with it, and told People:
Jenna’s a professional and she’s amazing, and we have a lot of fun. We were laughing and joking the whole time.
Conversely, Dewan-Tatum wanted to shield her family from the steamy scene.
I immediately called my family and I was like, ‘Nobody is watching the first episode!’ I’m not going to tell you when it airs.