In his new movie, White House Down, Channing Tatum plays a tough-guy police officer. But in real life, the new dad is something of a softie.
When speaking about wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum and their 4-week-old daughter Everly, the Magic Mike hunk, 33, admitted to being overcome with emotion while watching his longtime love give birth to their first child.
“I probably went to the bathroom four times and had a crying fit,” he said on Chelsea Lately. “Like, I’m just like, ‘I don’t know what to do!'”
He added: “There is a real reason why God did not give, like, [guys] this ability to have babies. 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 for the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was seeing his wife, 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 said.
“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.”
The first-time dad elaborated on his fears about fatherhood when asked which is more terrifying — protecting the president or being a new dad.
“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,” he told Us Weekly. “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.”
He went on to admit that it’s “very hard” to be away from his wife and newborn.
“I’m working in London and you’re away from your daughter for 12 hours a day, 15 hours a day, and you come back and you feel like her face has changed from the time you left in the morning until you came back at night, so that’s pretty hard,” he shared.
Channing goes on to say that his lovely wife is taking well to new motherhood.
“She’s good, she’s really good,” he told E! News of Jenna. “Tired, you know…just taking care of the baby on those first months. First months are hard.”
What’s the one thing that gets him truly excited about new fatherhood?
“You’re never gonna be so excited when something poos, cause it’s like, ‘Aw yeah, I’m in the game!’ Let me have it, give it to me and then you give it back to her cause you know you don’t really do very much,” Channing joked.