It goes without saying that Channing Tatum is an all-around great guy. He’s a talented actor and performer as well as a loving husband and father.
The actor first stole our hearts as the lead in the Step-Up movies and we have since been able to see different sides of him through his subsequent movies like Dear John and Magic Mike.
The 37-year-old star has not been shy with social media, so every so often we get a sneak peek into life off-set. He’s opened up about his love for his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and their 3-year-old daughter, Everly.
This week he took his open dialogue to another level by penning an essay for Cosmopolitan magazine in honor of the opening of Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas.
Instead of simply talking about his new show, Channing addressed the open letter to his wife and daughter and turned it into an emotionally empowering piece about women and their role in society.
“The more I thought about this, the more I thought about my daughter reading this article someday,” Channing wrote. “I pictured her in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love.”
Channing was inspired by the fearless women in this world, particularly his wife and he hopes that his daughter will one day grow up to be her “authentic self.”
He continued, “I tried to imagine the things I’d want her to read that would help her understand men and sex and partnership better, and at that moment, I realized a strange thing. I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.”
He also highlighted the importance of women breaking away from the patriarchy and finding power within themselves.
“We live in a society that has trained men and women to play certain kinds of roles for a long time, and the beauty of this amazing moment we’re living in is that we’re finally starting to break free from those roles.”
He admits that the “radical authenticity” of women who break away from stereotypes is in fact what inspired him to create Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas.
“I wanted to create a space where we could really explore these themes in a fun, provocative way,” he continued. “I want women to feel what it’s like to exist in a world where men really listen to them, where they treat them like goddesses and where they can feel comfortable and proud to express the full force of their sexual energy together. I want them to experience a place where they are much more than enough.”
“When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt,’ he added.
Swoon! You can read the letter in its entirety on the Cosmo website here.
We are so glad Channing is speaking up about such an important topic!
What do you think of his letter? Share your thoughts in the comments!