Channing Tatum is not only a pretty face.

The busy actor has recently gained popularity for his acting in gut-busting comedies such as “21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie,” and yes, even “Magic Mike XXL.”

But his sense of humor doesn’t always charm. Tatum recently opened up about a prank on his now wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, that did not go exactly as planned.

Detailing the incident to BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, Tatum explained his elaborate plan to propose to Dewan. To try to catch his then-girlfriend by surprise, the “Step It Up” star decided to spin a few lies:

“When I proposed to my wife I did something pretty cruel because I thought she was on to me. I basically told her I never wanted to get married to try to throw her off.”

The plan went something like this: In order to throw her off his scent, Tatum would lie about his true lifelong intentions, saying that he didn’t really “get” marriage. But instead of getting curiosity, Tatum got tears:

“I told her, ‘I don’t believe in the institution of marriage and I don’t think I ever want to get married.’ She basically broke down crying. I thought, ‘This is not going well at all’ so I had to propose to her sooner rather than later.”

So in September of that year, Tatum flipped the switch and got down on one knee. This time, there were smiles all around. The pair were engaged during an intimate ceremony Maui, Hawaii, People magazine reported.

Back in 2006, Tatum told People that he was attracted to Dewan’s silly disposition. He added that she’s “someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously and can be a goofball. Because everyone’s a nerd inside, I don’t care how cool you are.”

The two have since grown their family, welcoming daughter Everly into the world four years ago.

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