Channing Tatum talks about fatherhood, Justin Bieber in Vanity Fair

The actor opens up about his new role as a father, his parents and Justin Bieber.

About the fact that he doesn’t give their children medication in case of learning disabilities: “I truly believe some people need medication. I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works.”

On fatherhood: “I don’t think you can prepare. It’s a bit of freestyle.”

On the downside of fame, giving Justin Bieber as example: “I worry about Bieber, man,” he said. “That kid’s wildly talented. I hope he doesn’t fall down into the usual ways of young kids because it’s so hard for someone to be responsible when they’re not asked to be.”

“We’re not asked to do things ourselves. You have someone there with a coffee. ‘You want food? I’ll get you food.’”

On his parents: “They weren’t perfect. I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole ‘I don’t want you to make the same mistakes’ mentality. My dad didn’t have much money growing up; he didn’t have much of an education. He forced that on me, and I didn’t want it.”

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