Channing Tatum, star of 22 Jump Street, Magic Mike and, of course, the 2006 epic dance movie Step Up, had a confession to make on Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!: He had never shown Step Up to his daughter, Everly.
To be fair, she’s only 4 years old, so he was likely waiting for the right time. But considering Step Up was Tatum’s film debut, and the movie where he met his wife Jenna Dewan (Everly’s mom), it was a pretty big deal to finally show it to her.
So recently, the parents decided to pop in the DVD and show their daughter the film that launched both their careers. With the pressure on, they waited anxiously for her reaction.
“We were like, ‘This is going to be really cool,'” Tatum told Kimmel. “‘It’s got dancing, she’s going to love it.'”
Unfortunately, little Everly turned out to be one of their toughest critics.
“Within 10 seconds she was like, ‘Can I watch a real movie? I dunno, like a good one?'” Tatum recalled.
Though he can laugh about it now, Tatum admitted he was a tad irritated at the time.
“We were like, ‘What do you mean? This is a real movie. It was such a real movie, they made like seven more of these! You will watch it … ‘”
But ultimately, like most parents of strong-willed 4-year-olds, the pair gave up.
“And [then] we were like fine — just put on Moana,” the actor laughed. (Not a bad trade, tbh.)
But hey, isn’t it good to know that even celebs don’t get a pass when it comes to dealing with the demands of sassy 4-year-olds?
Hopefully in time, Tatum’s daughter will grow to appreciate her parents’ love story. After meeting on the set of Step Up, the couple started dating almost immediately and have been together ever since. As Tatum told US Weekly back in 2014, “”It’s interesting now, because we can watch it and see; we can go, ‘Oh, wow, that was actually our first real kiss.'”
How sweet is that!