Channing Tatum: I Hope I Don’t Screw Up Parenthood

01/28/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Channing Tatum Talks Parenthood Side Effects
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Channing Tatum gives his all to every project he works on — and the same will be true for fatherhood.

“That [will] be the biggest role of my life. I hope I don’t screw that one up,” Tatum said humbly while promoting his latest movie, Side Effects, in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, both 32, announced in December that they’re expecting their first child this summer.

The actor says he’s “really, really excited” about becoming a dad and is looking forward to some quality family time once the baby is born.

“I hope to slow to down a little bit when the little person comes into the world,” he says.

As for his charmed life of late, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive attributes it to good fortune — and a lot of work.

“Look, I’ve been lucky,” he says. “I’ve said it before, we work so hard on every single [movie] and you never know which ones are going to work and which ones aren’t … I think it’s just, you’ve got to keep doing stories you love and characters that you love.”

Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and also starring Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law, opens Feb. 7.

— Reporting by Gabrielle Olya

FILED UNDER: Maternity , News

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sookie on

I love this couple! Together for years, married and having a baby. You never hear anything bad about them.

Julie on

You’ll make your share of mistakes. We all do. Perfection and the perfect parent does not exist. Rid yourself of that myth now it will do you a world of good. You’ll learn as you go. When you make a mistake learn from it. Do it differently the next time apologize if you need to and move on. Love your kids, be there for them, support them, teach them right from wrong, laugh with them , cry with them, hold them accountable, teach them responsibility, hug them and kiss them, you and your wife maintain your relationship and support each other and you’ll come out all right.

Anonymous on

The fact that you cares means you won’t! You will make mistakes because we are all human. I think you and your wife are adorable and wish you all the love in the world!

Jaci on

they have the IT thing. truly hope they make it work 🙂

Margo on

I’m sure both Channing and Jenna will be wonderful parents! I wish them and their future baby the best!

Jenna on

If snooki can do it and by all accounts seems to be doing a great job, these two lovely lovebirds will do just fine. Congratulations!!

Ana on

Parenting is not a study in perfection, sadly! All you can do is love your kids unconditionally and have tons of patience and enjoy every moment, even the difficult ones. You will laugh about them one day 🙂

Emily on

Every parent screws up some. It’s inevitable.

Amy on

Good luck to you & your Family! You’ll be great parents if you love the baby as much as you love each other. ❤

Sheri on

I’m sure they’ll be awesome parents

Niko on

I understand his fears. It happens to ALL first time parents, haha. I’m sure he’ll be a good dad….