Channing Tatum has opened up about his struggle with dyslexia as a child, admitting that his years at school certainly weren’t easy for him.
The ‘Magic Mike’ actor tells T Magazine that he always felt “different” growing up — he recalls times he would look around his classroom and trying to understand why there wasn’t one person he could befriend over his battle with dyslexia and ADHD.
Channing says he constantly felt like he wasn’t as smart as the other kids and would feel disappointed in himself because he wasn’t able to work as fast as the other students in his classes.
“I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he explained.
“Not having early success on that one path messes with you. You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down Syndrome, and you look around and say, Okay, so this is where I’m at. Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either. So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different.”
He continues to add that there’s not enough being done to help kids who are struggling with dyslexia. “We should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.”
For the fact that Channing suffers from dyslexia, he’s come a pretty long way.
Starring in multiple box office hits along with having recently signed on to produce the sequel of Magic Mike and being part of the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie, things are definitely looking good for Channing — the same man who doubted himself as a youngster over his struggles.
“I went to New York and did the whole modeling thing, and I just learned everything I could from anybody who knew something I didn’t.”
“There are lots of characters I feel I can play as a result. So when people tell me they want to act, I’m like, Okay, if you want to act, go see America. If you can afford gas money, go talk to people and see how they really live. Sure, you can go to theater class at a young age. That’s not how I did it.”