Those Magic Mike moves did the trick!
Following what was easily the worst-kept secret of the week, the 32-year-old hunk was adorably humble when he found out he'd be following stars like Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and George Clooney as this year's honoree.
"My first thought was, 'Y'all are messing with me,'" he said. "I told [my wife] Jenna [Dewan-Tatum] after we'd been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they'd gotten skunked."
"She was like, 'What?'" he recalled. "Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now."
Jenna—or should we call her the luckiest woman alive?—was thrilled for her hubby. "People know him to be fun and sexy, but they don't know how emotionally deep and spiritually open he is," she said. "He is such an open-hearted person; what you see is what you get."
Swoon. Congratulations, Channing!
(Originally published on Nov. 14, 2012, at 5:52 a.m. PT)
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