He was cast by Al David for Vogue magazine and soon after appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, and Emporio Armani.

He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G. His parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of selecting a private high school or attending a military school; he chose Tampa Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1998 and was voted most athletic. Us Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name "Chan Crawford".

He appeared in romantic films such as Dear John (2010) and The Vow (2012).

Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His other films include She's the Man (2006), The Dilemma (2011), White House Down (2013), the drama Foxcatcher (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Hail, Caesar! Growing up, Tatum was quite the athlete, playing football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts; he has said that "girls were always [his] biggest distraction in school." As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu.

His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School.

2006 - Present Channing and Jenna hit it off while they filmed 'Step Up,' and began dating not long after the movie wrapped.

They got engaged in Maui in September 2008 and tied the knot on July 11, 2009 in Malibu, California.Tatum starred as Sean Mc Arthur, a young man who scrapes up a living scalping tickets in New York City. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paramount Pictures' live-action film based on the popular Hasbro action figures.Tatum next appeared in writer/director/producer Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama Public Enemies, playing the 1930s American gangster Pretty Boy Floyd. He was initially reluctant to take the role as he feared the movie would glorify war; however, he overcame his reluctance after reading the script.Tatum played in the short film The Trap, directed by Rita Wilson.Tatum and Dito Montiel, who worked together on A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, reteamed on the action drama Fighting for Rogue Pictures.What's more, a pair of barely there stilettos is the ultimate in versatile wardrobe staples.