Channing Tatum: Fatherhood was like garage work

Channing Tatum had daughter Everly with wife Jenna Dewan Tatum in May 2013 but didn't find being a dad fun for the first year because he felt like a garage worker changing a car tyre.

Channing and Jenna
Channing and Jenna

Channing Tatum felt like a garage worker changing a car tyre rather than a dad when he first became a father.

The Hollywood hunk's wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum gave birth to their daughter Everly in May 2013 but he didn't find fatherhood much "fun" during the youngster's first year and joked he felt more like an "assistant".

He said: "The only think that guys can really do in the beginning is just be assistants, like, 'Diaper? Give it to me - got it'. And it's like doing a tyre change during a NASCAR race. You do it, then you just hand her back.

"For the first year, that's pretty much all guys are - they are just assistants."

But now the tot is 20 months old she is starting to walk and talk, much to the joy of the 'Jupiter Ascending' actor.

He added: "But now it's starting to get fun. Everly's starting to say "Dada" and really recognise me. She's also starting to walk and everything, so it's getting really cool."

While the 34-year-old star has now settled into his role as a parent, he praised his wife for being a "superwoman" and raising their baby at the same time as juggling her acting schedule.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We had the baby while we were on 'Jupiter Ascending' and I don't ever recommend doing four movies and trying to have a kid. It was not such a good idea. But my wife is a superwoman. I don't know how she did it. She went to work six weeks after she had the baby."

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