Hollywood Success Story Has Local Roots

He’s probably one of the most successful male stars in Hollywood right now, and he got his start right here in the Tampa Bay area. The 32-year-old actor has been featured in comedies, such as “21 Jump Street” and “She’s the Man,” romances, like “The Vow” and “Dear John,” and action-adventures, such as “G.I. Joe” and “The Eagle.”

Channing Tatum was discovered by Model Placement Center Manager and Talent Scout Dianne Paulson just a decade ago.

Paulson and a group of models from the center were attending a fashion show at a high -end nightclub in Ybor City. The models were practicing onstage when a young man with blonde hair approached the stage and began showing off his runway skills. He caught Dianne’s eye, so she asked the club owner about this mysterious young man. Hey, he’s kind of cute, Dianne thought.

“Who is that guy,” Dianne questioned the club owner as she motioned toward the young man.

“He comes here all the time,” the club owner said. “And he likes to practice onstage.”

Dianne signaled the young man over to her and struck up a conversation. She asked him what he wanted to do.

“Modeling or acting…or both,” Channing replied. Dianne was so impressed with his look that she gave him her card and said that she will see what she can do for him.

Ten years later, Channing is a bona fide star and was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2012.

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