February 7th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
He may wear some seriously skimpy skirts in the upcoming gladiator epic "The Eagle," but that's nothing compared to the uniform Channing Tatum wore in his pre-acting career — as a stripper.
"Yeah, yeah, [I] definitely was," he tells CNN of his 1999 Tampa club stint as exotic dancer Chan Crawford. "[I] had a crazy life in Florida, man. I've lived a lot of different lives, and I’m not ashamed of 'em."
That's not to say Tatum would recommend that other actors follow his career path.
"Would I suggest 'em to people? Probably not," the 30-year-old, who is set to star in the "21 Jump Street" movie, tells CNN of his earlier jobs. "But it was just one of those things. I’ve had a bunch of different, incredible experiences that I might have never really escaped, and I’m pretty happy I got nine lives."
"Hopefully," he adds, "I’ve got a couple more in the pocket.”
"The Eagle" opens in theaters on February 11.
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