Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum, are overjoyed at the arrival of their daughter, Everly, but they haven’t let parenthood overshadow what got them together in the first place: their affection for each other. In a recent interview with Us Weekly magazine, Jenna said frequent date nights keep parenthood sane for the busy Hollywood couple.
The two met in on the set of Step Up (2006), a movie in which they both had roles. Once the work was over, the couple started dating. An engagement announcement came from Maui in 2008 and they formalized their romance in a vineyard wedding in Malibu in 2009.
Their only child, daughter Everly Elizabeth Maiselle, was born in London on May 31, 2013. Mom Jenna is a vegan and animal rights activist so raising her baby girl as a vegetarian just seems like the right thing to do. She does agree to let Everly decide what to eat when she gets old enough to make such choices.
Of parenthood, Jenna said, “You become closer because you have to be on the same page to make decisions for the baby. It makes us communicate about things we never did before.” And date nights — out alone having fun knowing baby Everly is safe at home with a beloved babysitter — present the ideal setting for “adult conversations for your own sanity.” According to Jenna, “We’re very good about making time for that.”
Working out to stay in tip-top shape is important for the couple, both 33. Channing’s early work as a model and stripper led to a career portraying hard-bodied action heroes. Jenna’s a dancer, too, getting her start in show business as a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson and work in film and TV roles such as The Playboy Club.
Daddy Channing has let working out slide a bit, though, since the birth of his daughter. Seems he is just so devoted to spending time with baby Everly that he’s stopped his normal rigorous workout routine.
Jenna says Everly is a real daddy’s girl and Channing becomes a big kid when he’s around her. When he plays with her, Jenna says Everly “laughs harder and smiles bigger than she does with anyone. Dad comes around and it’s playtime.”
In addition to playtime with Everly and on-going work in TV and film for the couple, they co-foundered of a production company called 33andOut Productions, which released its first production, a documentary about the Rwandan genocide, at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.
With such a busy life, it’s easy to see why date nights are so important to these new parents.
Source: Lee, Esther. “Jenna Dewan Tatum Talks Baby Everly, Dates Nights With Channing Tatum; “I Do Want to Have More Kids.” Us Weekly. Us Weekly. Feb. 26, 2014. Web. Mar 12, 2014.