Channing Tatum Interview For Vanity Fair

Channing Tatum: I Would "Never" Medicate My Child For a Learning Disability

Channing Tatum covers the July 2013 issue of Vanity Fair.
Source: Bruce Weber/Vanity Fair

Channing Tatum opened up about his struggles with learning disabilities in the July issue of Vanity Fair, which hits newsstands on June 6. He chatted with the magazine about how he wants to raise his child, who Jenna Dewan gave birth to on Friday, ahead of the magazine's release, and how his struggles with depression and medication will inform his role as a new dad. Keep reading for more from Channing Tatum in Vanity Fair.

  • On his learning disability: "I read so slow. If I have a script I'm going to read it five times slower than any other actor, but I'll be able to tell you everything in it. It kills me that there are standardized tests geared towards just one kind of child."
  • On going on medication for his learning disability: "I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It's like any other drug. It's like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I'd never do it to my child."
  • On his plan for raising his new baby: "I'm just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole 'I don't want you to make the same mistakes' mentality. My dad didn't have much money growing up; he didn't have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn't want it."

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