Discovered on the streets of Miami, Alabama native Tatum soon models for Nautica, Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch. "So many funny things will happen when you're at a photoshoot," he tells Teen People. "The photographer will [say], 'Be a horse, frolic in the hay!'...You're like, 'What the hell?' But I guess it's good training for acting." He also scores TV commercials for Pepsi and Mountain Dew (right) – in which he utters the famous line, "Gotta have my Dew!"
Tatum wins his first real acting gig on an episode of CSI: Miami. He decides to pursue acting full time, quickly landing a role opposite Samuel L. Jackson in 2005's Coach Carter (left). He also lands smaller roles in Havoc (opposite Anne Hathaway) and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
Tatum appears in the gender-bending Amanda Bynes comedy She's the Man. Offscreen, the two costars are linked after they’re reportedly photographed kissing. (At the movie’s premiere, he gushes to E! News that she was "hysterical...and beautiful as always.") But in an interview with Teen People, Bynes (right) denies there were sparks with any of her hunky costars: "They all had girlfriends!"