Channing Tatum had 'crying fits' watching Jenna Dewan-Tatum give birth
- Photo: Channing Tatum/Facebook1 of 13
- Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/Invision/AP2 of 13
- Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage3 of 13
- Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage4 of 13
- Photo: Hewitt/Splash News5 of 13
- Photo: Malone/Fame Flynet6 of 13
- Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage7 of 13
- Photo: WireImage8 of 13
- Photo: MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters9 of 13
- Photo: Daniel Tanner/WENN10 of 13
- Photo: FayesVision/WENN11 of 13
- Photo: DDAA/ZOB/WENN12 of 13
In his new movie, "White House Down," Channing Tatum plays a tough-guy police officer who has to dodge both bullets and punches in an effort to protect the president of the United States from a violent paramilitary group. In real life, though, the "Magic Mike" star is something of a softy -- one who tears up easily and melts at the mention of his wife and daughter. Speaking with Chelsea Handler about his girls on Thursday, Tatum admitted to being overcome with emotion while watching his longtime love Jenna Dewan-Tatum give birth to their first child, baby Everly, earlier this month.
"I probably went to the bathroom four times and had a crying fit," he quipped. "Like, I'm just like, 'I don't know what to do!'"
The proud first-time dad, 33, said he has a lot of respect for his wife -- and women, in general -- after watching the birthing process. "There is a real reason why God did not give, like, [guys] this ability to have babies," he told the "Chelsea Lately" host. "Because we would not be able to do it. You guys, I don't know how you do it. It's a real thing. It's like National Geographic animal-style, for real. I don't get it."
One of the scariest parts, he said, was seeing Dewan-Tatum, 32, in pain and not being able to take care of her. "It's like someone's hurting, someone that you love, and you can't do anything about it. You physically cannot help," he explained.
"I'm still not helping -- and the baby's out!" he joked. "Men are useless, but we are really useless during this. The baby's gonna come out whether you're there or not."
Earlier this week, at the New York premiere for White House Down, the actor elaborated on his fears about fatherhood. Asked which is more terrifying -- protecting the president or being a new dad -- Tatum laughed, then said: "Well, I've never protected the president, but I have been a new dad, and I can tell you that being a new dad is pretty terrifying. I'm pretty sure that something about the president makes the stakes a little higher, but to me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter."
MORE FROM WONDERWALL:
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Like us on Facebook?
UP NEXTLoved Up
From Crowd Ignite