'Sparkle, Channing! Sparkle!' Actor Finds the 'Little Girl in Me' with New Book

Saturday April 10, 2021
Originally published on April 6, 2021

Channing Tatum took to Instagram this week to share a cheeky post about his life in lockdown.

"Guys, I don't know about you but things got a little weird for me in quarantine. I ended up accidentally locking myself in my 7 year old daughter's room," he wrote. "And I ended up finding my inner child. So this is what I created for my little girl. From what is, I guess, the little girl in me. Thanks for reading."

In the accompanying pic, Tatum is dressed in accessories he might have found in his daughter Everly's room: pink angel wings, a princess eye mask and an artist's smock over his bare chest. He his holding a copy of "The One and Only Sparkella," his children's book due out on May 3.

The result has seen a transformation for the 40-year-ol actor/director/producer.

"I paint my face, I wear tutus—rarely am I around the house without some sort of costume on," he said in an interview with Parents magazine.

The book was inspired by the actor spending time with seven-year old Everly, whom he has bonded with over the pandemic.

Tatum feared that when he and his ex-wife Jenna Dewan ended their 9-year marriage in 2019 that he would loose his connection with Everly. "In an effort to dive into his 'daughter's world' and discover who she is, the 40-year-old father became comfortable wearing tutus, face paint and learned to braid hair," wrote the Daily Mail.

"I want dads not to be afraid to go into their daughter's world and discover who they are," Tatum told Parents Magazine>. "When I became a single father, I had a lot of fear about connecting to Everly in every way that a little girl might want. I didn't wear nail polish or know how to braid hair. But now I do both. I jumped with both feet into this magical world, and I was rewarded with a kind of love that I don't think I would have ever been able to have otherwise."

On the book's website it is described as "a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter."

In the book, Ella is teased for her glittery ribbons, disco-ball shoes and eating a PB&J-with-sprinkles sandwich, and "decides to try to be less sparkly at school." Her dad, however, encourages her to stay unique and the little girl "soon learns the importance of just being herself, no matter what other people say."

Asked if Everly is the inspiration for Ella, the actor/director/producer replied: "She is on many levels. Just like Sparkella, Evie loves to play tricks, wear crazy outfits, and be different from everyone. She's bold, beautiful, and magical in every way. We played a lot in her room over quarantine, and it helped flesh out the story. Even when I was home alone, I would find an item of hers that gave me an idea. Once, I sat on the sofa, and her fairy wand stuck me in the butt."

Check out these pics from Tatum's IG: