Channing Tatum on Stripping: I Was a 'Fool in a Stupid Outfit'

05/22/2012 at 03:15 PM EDT

Channing Tatum Talks Stripping in Out Magazine
Channing Tatum
OUT Magazine
Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello joke around about what went into preparing for their roles as strippers in Magic Mike – but Channing Tatum, who actually worked as one in real life, says there really wasn't anything fun about it.

"You're just a guy taking off his clothes, looking like a fool in a stupid outfit," Tatum, 32, tells Out magazine in its June/July cover story.

The toughest part for the actor was the actual removing of the clothing.

"I never enjoyed the taking-the-clothes-off part," he says. "You are on a stage with people yelling at you and you feel like you're a rock star, but you're nothing."

And as for his role in Hollywood, "I've been acting for eight years now, and I feel I'm just starting to understand things," says Tatum. "I want to keep finding people I can learn from."

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