Channing Tatum Named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive

'Magic Mike' star talks to magazine about how shocked he was to be honored and how he wants to have 'like, 15 kids.'

He’s made us laugh. He’s made us swoon. And, he’s made us sweat. And for all of that, “Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum has been named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2012.

The 32-year-old opened up to the celebrity magazine about he found out about the honor, which was bestowed upon Bradley Cooper last year . “My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me,’ ” Tatum says. “I told [my wife] Jenna [Dewan-Tatum] after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked. She was like, ‘What?’ Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now.”

The hunky leading man even shares how he’s thought about one day starting a family with his real-life leading lady. “I’m ready; I think she’s ready. The first number that pops into my head is three, but I just want one to be healthy and then we’ll see where we go after that,” he explains. “It’s really easy for us guys to say, ‘I want, like, 15 kids.’ Jenna will be like, ‘Well, you better get another wife!’ ”

And while it’s hard to believe that the dancer-turned-actor can ever get out of shape, he explains that even he has his fat days. He says, “I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can’t move well and I like to move,” he says. “When I’m not training, I get really round and soft.”

He had been heavily rumored to be this year’s hottest hottie last week. Other honorees this year include Blake Shelton, Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, “New Girl” star Max Greenfield and Tatum’s “Magic Mike” co-star Matt Bomer, among others.

As it turns out, Tatum isn’t just topping People‘s list. He also happens to be GQ‘s Movie Star of the Year. “They were like: ‘Grind it. If you love it, grind it.’ I did. And a lot of people who didn’t grind it, it’s not that they’re not in a good place, but I’m in a better place,” he tells the magazine of the advice he received from seasoned vets in Hollywood. The GQ issue he appears in also features pop star Rihanna on the cover wearing nothing but a leather jacket.

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