Sexiest Man Alive 2014

Sneak Peek: Hello, Channing Tatum!

See the 2012 Sexiest Man Alive – and get a first look at the other hot honorees in PEOPLE's annual special issue

CHANNING TATUM

When PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2012 agreed to star in the summer blockbuster Magic Mike, he embraced the role wholeheartedly, from working out three hours a day to waxing his legs. The 32-year-old even tapped into his experience as a onetime male dancer – handy for filming tricky scenes in G-strings. Tatum's wife of three years, Jenna Dewan, liked what she saw. "She thought it was hilarious," he says. "You know, she married an ex-stripper."