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'The Vow' star Channing Tatum opens up about his real love story (interview)

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Yes, The Vow made box office history with its $41 million dollar debut this weekend. Sure, some pundits are still scratching their jaded heads. Still, why was "The Vow" such a monster hit? Perhaps it is because audiences find truth in when Channing Tatum falls in love on screen. Or maybe you just need to hear it from the star himself:

“People are wanting that cathartic feeling right now. More than ever, people need to feel good and they need to be happy.”

In this special Personalities in Brief for Valentine’s Day, find out what else the super charismatic -- and unabshedly romantic -- star of the number one film in the nation has to say about kissing, his favorite movies about amor and why he vows to stay a man happily in love.

JORGE CARREON: When is it the right time to go in for the kiss?

CHANNING TATUM: It depends on the date. You’ve just got to feel it out. I don’t think there’s a date minimum or maximum. I don’t get the whole “All right, you’ve got to wait three days to call after the date.” If I got a number from a girl, I’d call that night. There’s no science to it for me. You just do what it is that you feel like doing.

CARREON: What is your favorite real life love story?

TATUM: Obviously me and my wife, (actress Jenna Dewan). We fell in love on set (of the film Step Up). We watch the movie and laugh. You shoot a movie out of sequence most of the time, so you get to sort of see it sporadically where you’re just like, “Ooh, yeah. They were really deep into it there.” It’s just really fun. The first time me and Jenna ever went away, I said we were just going out to dinner and we went to the airport. I was able to do that. We were making money then, so it was nice. Everybody can’t do that. Yeah, you don’t have to go anywhere crazy. Just get in the car and drive.

CARREON: Care to admit which are your romantic films?

TATUM: We love The Notebook. She loves Titanic. What do I love? Love Story.

CARREON: We live in a rather conflicted era in terms of relationships. It only contains three letter, but the word “vow” embodies so much. You’ve been together with Jenna for nearly six years. What do your own vows mean to you today?

TATUM: My wife and I wore rings the first year that we were together. We weren’t married, but I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal to get married. (Tatum married Dewan in 2009.) I remember being up there and nervous, just as I was about to say my vows. I felt like I was about to pass out. It’s a big deal to say those vows yourself to somebody for life and mean it, really mean it. Oh shi*t, that’s a line in the movie. [LAUGHS] But, it really is something to take a vow, to give someone yourself and mean it for life.

CARREON: I think people are going to be a bit surprised to know you’re unapologetically sentimental.

TATUM: I am a bit. I believe in love. I believe in good stories. I play really hard on the weekends because I like to have those stories. My wife and I go off and do craziness all the time. We’re just like, “What can we go get into this weekend?” Then we have other ones where we just sit and do nothing and then we have work that we do. It’s all memories. I don’t know what you’re going through life doing if you’re not really trying to collect some really great memories. My mom always said, “I don’t want to reach the grave in a well preserved body. I want to slide in sideways saying, ‘Woo! What a ride.’” I’ve always subscribed to that way of life.

Tatum currently stars with Rachel McAdams in The Vow, now playing citywide. He next stars with Jonah Hill in the comedy 21 Jump Street (opening March 16), followed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation (opening June 29).

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