NEW YORK - Channing Tatum is People magazine's "sexiest man alive" for 2012.
The 32-year-old actor says his first thought on hearing the news was: "'Y'all are messing with me.'"
Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa Bay, and initially attended Gaither High School before going to Tampa Catholic High School. He graduated in 1998 where he was voted most athletic.
After dropping out of college he returned home and started working various jobs including as a stripper. He worked at under the name "Chan Crawford."
Tatum's film roles include "Magic Mike" and the upcoming "Foxcatcher."
Other actors who have received the "sexiest" label include George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds. Last year's "sexiest man" was Bradley Cooper.
People announced its 2012 list Wednesday.