11/05/2014 05:07 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Channing Tatum Wants You To Know He Was Never A Junkie

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America's most beloved former stripper, Channing Tatum, is recalling the days when he took his clothes off for money as art imitates life once again while he films "Magic Mike XXL."

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor doesn't make the gig he took on at age 19, after he dropped out of University of South Florida, seem particularly glamorous. Tatum admits that on a good night he'd only make about $150, but he was attracted to the hard partying and heavy drinking that accompanied the lifestyle.

"I wouldn't say I was losing myself in drugs because I wasn't doing anything habitually. Just experimenting," he told the magazine. "Experimenting, I would say. Never the big ones -- crack or heroin. I never OD'd or anything. Never."

What about cocaine, Channing?

"Maybe a couple times, but that was later," he explained. "Drinking was probably the biggest [thing]. I didn't look at drinking as a problem. It wasn't at that point, and I still don't think it's a problem. But at that time in my life, it was, 'Let's go out and have a great time.'"

While on the subject, the 34-year-old took the opportunity to clarify what he meant when he referred to himself as a "high-functioning alcoholic" in an interview with GQ in May.

"It was something said that wasn't meant to be factual. It was said in context with the glutton side of myself," he told THR. "I'm constantly a flip-and-flop of extremes. I take care of it, to an extent -- and then I kind of knock it all down and destroy the sand castle. All I meant was that I do things in extreme."

For more with Channing Tatum, head over to The Hollywood Reporter.




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