Channing Tatum On Amanda Bynes' Claim That She Fought to Cast Him in 'She's the Man': 'I Love Her'

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Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes at Napa Valley Bar & Grill on March 8, 2006 in Westwood, Calif.

Channing Tatum shared a few heartwarming words in response to Amanda Bynes' recent comments about her part in launching Tatum's career.

The 38-year old actor recalled working with Bynes in the early stages of his career. “She was just so alive,” he told Entertainment Tonight  Thursday (Nov. 29) in reference to his She's the Man years with Bynes. “You never knew what was gonna come out of her mouth. She was just on fire. I haven’t seen her in so long. I love her, and I just hope she’s doing [well].”

He also expressed his excitement for her return to the spotlight after her struggle with substance abuse and depression. "I'm so happy she's killing it again and just back on the right," he said. "She's so talented and so special. She's been doing it... I mean, I think it's so impossible when you start at such a young age to keep perspective. It's tough."

Bynes recently opened up about her career in a PAPER magazine interview. "I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie [She's the Man] because he wasn't famous yet," Bynes said. "He'd just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, 'This guy's a star -- every girl will love him!' But [the producers] were like, 'He's so much older than all of you!' And I was like, 'It doesn't matter! Trust me!'"" 

Before 2006's She's the Man, Tatum had starred in a Mountain Dew commercial and similar small movie roles. Months after the hilarious 2006 film was a success, he soon landed a lead role in Step Up and would eventually go on to build his own empire from 2012's Magic Mike. 


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