Jenna Dewan Tatum Gets Real About Marriage: ‘When People Say You Guys Have Such a Perfect Life, I Want to Scream’


Jenna Dewan Tatum Gets Real About Marriage: ‘When People Say You Guys Have Such a Perfect Life, I Want to Scream'
Jenna Dewan Tatum Gets Real About Marriage: ‘When People Say You Guys Have Such a Perfect Life, I Want to Scream'

Jenna Dewan Tatum has a life that is severely enviable. think about it: The 37-12 months-antique has an impressive profession as a dancer, actress, and host. Then there’s her cute family, made up of attractive husband Channing Tatum and 4-year-old daughter Everly. On best of all that, Jenna is dedicated to staying wholesome and fit. So, how the heck did she ranking all of it? Simply placed, she has worked her ass off for it.

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Jenna’s hustle began at an early age. She moved round so much as just a little lady, but one constant was once dance. regardless of the place her family landed, she would throw herself into her art and spend hours perfecting her methodology—which paid off in a big means. While attending the University of Southern California, she got a role as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson. Gigs with *NSYNC and Sean Combs followed. But in 2006 her existence actually modified. That’s while she starred in Step Up. Not Just did the movie grow to be successful that propelled her into stardom, it’s the place she met and fell in love with Channing. the two got married in 2009 and welcomed Everly (or “Evie” as Jenna calls her) in 2013. Jenna’s circle of relatives isn’t the one thing that’s grown within the years due to the fact that her breakout role. She’s seemed in a whole bunch movies and television shows, including American Horror Tale and Supergirl. And, such a lot not too long ago, she’s been web hosting the Jennifer Lopez–backed dance pageant display, World of Dance (season two is slated to premier this summer season). Even As handling her busy occupation and circle of relatives, Jenna unearths time to squeeze in workout routines and meditation. “Whilst I don’t take time for myself, i feel scattered,” she explains. “I don’t feel sturdy or focused.”

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Jenna’s wearing: American Attire Unisex Baseball T-Blouse ($28; americanapparel.com); American Attire Interlock Working Short ($26; americanapparel.com); Moxi Curler Skates ($149; amazon.com) for similar.

feels like an ideal life, proper? Just don’t say that to Jenna. “I despise the phrase ‘absolute best,’” she says firmly. Even As she seems to have the whole thing on lock, it doesn’t imply the whole thing is wonderful. Case in point: within the middle of telling a narrative about her intercourse existence (more on that later), Jenna by accident drags her sleeve through a bowl of guacamole. She says, “People always ask, ‘What might we be surprised to understand approximately you?’ I’m not just messy, I’m messy. i really can’t even have people trip in my car at this time, it’s so dangerous.”

greater than her superb life, it’s this down-to-earth side that makes Jenna so endearing. Over healthy snacks, together with cauliflower and shishito peppers—and guacamole!—at a West Hollywood eating place, Jenna gets much more real about prior insecurities, her fitness regime, and her passionate relationship.

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Jeff Lipsky

How has being a dancer prompted the individual you might be nowadays?

There’s a certain trust that comes while you’re performing on degree for an target market. I’m very pleased with little apparel on on account of this. My mom may all the time make me feel amazing about my frame. She was very grounded, which translated into confidence in myself.

Hollywood may also be a difficult place to feel excellent approximately yourself. How do you battle the terrible voice all of us have inside us?

i believe that comes with maturity and age. when you’re younger there are undoubtedly moments when you undergo that evaluating cycle. However you recognize how miserable that makes you feel and that it’s more straightforward to appreciate any person and be impressed, as opposed to be jealous or insecure.

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You’ve praised your mom, Nancy, for educating you a lot. What did you learn from her?

My mother was dealt a few difficult playing cards in lifestyles. My father left while i was one. It was once surprising and unplanned. But she used to be like, ‘K, we’re going to move. I’m going to get a job.’ So my mother went from no longer running to having to paintings in an overly brief duration of time in order to outlive and raise me. We needed to let cross of our canine and move homes—we did that a couple times. Thru all of it, she made certain i used to be her first priority. She had a real sense of survival, and he or she handed that right down to me. regardless of what is thrown at me in life, i know i will take care of it, and that’s on account of her.

What makes you are feeling most powerful?

Any time i am getting to make use of my body—whether or not it’s a job that requires stunts or one thing that permits me to bop. I additionally feel sturdy whilst I’m able to be my free, goofy self. i feel the least robust while I’m looking to are compatible into a mildew or a task that isn’t authentic.

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What’s your go-to exercise?

I do dance-based totally workout routines with Jennifer Johnson in Los Angeles. She’s a trainer who is also a dancer and she makes it fun for me. If it’s no longer a laugh, I gained’t pass. We dance, we do routines for FORTY FIVE minutes to an hour, whatever time we have. It depends upon the week, but if i get one or two workout routines in, I’m glad.

Are there muscle groups or parts of your frame you have to paintings truly hard for?

I work my literal ass off for my ass! That’s the best way it’s. while you dance the entire time, you’re repeatedly using that muscle. whilst you prevent dancing that so much, that’s the primary thing that is going. So, we center of attention a lot on that as a result of everybody likes a perky butt. Also, my abdomen after baby is one thing I have to positioned so much of extra attempt into. So, for abs, Jennifer does these exercises where you’re in a plank and you transfer your legs all different ways and it engages you.

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Jenna’s wearing: City Clothing Stores Out From Beneath Most Sensible (urbanoutfitters.com for equivalent).

Are you continue to a vegan-leaning vegetarian?

I eat most commonly vegan, but I’m very accommodating, maybe because I’ve lived with a person for 11 years who’s not vegetarian. Evie is a vegetarian, mostly because I cook for her and it’s what i believe to be wholesome for her and best possible. She loves it and wears it like a badge. she is going to inform everybody, ‘I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat meat,’ and that i tell her, ‘Ev, you’ll take a look at anything else you need,’ however she’s like, ‘Ugh’—greatly a chip off the old block in that method. Chan will do meatless, and so much of the time it’s what I’m cooking. He’ll do pasta, risottos, issues that experience a carb element.

Switching gears, how do you keep your marriage cast?

When other folks say you guys have such a perfect existence, i would like to scream and tell them no person’s very best. i believe there are such issues as great fits. it is a really perfect fit as lengthy as you might be rising in combination, and i feel up until this point we’ve really grown in combination. despite the fact that one starts to grow, the opposite catches up and vice versa. However i believe a pair must be mindful and to need to do the work and be keen to appear on the parts of you that want paintings. Each of us have been lovely aware and keen to do this. We’ve always had the similar values. However we’re no longer easiest! Are you kidding? We fight like different couples, we disagree about issues, we have now days the place we don’t truly like each other.

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On most sensible of you each having successful careers, you might be busy elevating a daughter. How do you carve out time to be intimate?

a lot of individuals question me that. we’ve got no longer yet scheduled intercourse, however we do time table time together, so maybe that is kind of scheduling sex. we will be able to depart for a weekend to get time, but we’ve got no real regimented agenda. i have friends who do that schedule sex; it’s on the calendar. We’ve by no means done that—it would in fact be an even concept.

How does being so in-track with yourself and your frame play into your courting?

I’m an excessively sensual individual, related with Chan. it is simply how we’re made up, and it’s a large a part of how we connect. There’s an actual tangible physical connection. you already know while Oprah asks, ‘What do you realize evidently?’ The frame doesn’t lie. you’ll convince your mind of things, suppose you’re in love, but your frame doesn’t lie. in case your abdomen is clenching or you are feeling attracted, that’s fascinated with a reason. you’ll’t convince your body to feel one thing it doesn’t.

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K, last query. Any plans to enlarge your family?

I haven’t but made my decision, and that i’m leaving it to the universe to turn me the way. i really like the speculation of some other child, and it will be within the playing cards, however I’ll know when i do know. so much of women i do know plan it, and that’s their determination, they want it within 3 years, however that was once now not an opportunity for us. It felt too overwhelming. I’m so thrilled with one child. If the need for another child comes around, it’s going to happen, that’s the best way I look at it.

Images by way of Jeff Lipsky. Hairstyling by Kristin Ess the use of Kristin Ess Haircare. Makeup via Allan Avendano for Starworks Crew. Professional Hands And Fingernails Care by way of Christina Aviles the use of Dermelect for Opus Attractiveness. Styling through Karen Shapiro.


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